Use a Sleep Aid or Sleep Just a Few Hours a Night? You Need to Watch This!

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Scott: You know, I think we all know somebody or people that say, you know, I just need four or five hours a night and I'm fine.  That's all I need, that's all my body needs.  What does a short amount of sleep like that do to the body over time, if they do that over months and months and months?

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum:  Probably gives them all they need.  We are all different.  I can say an average shoe size is a size nine.  It's not going to fit you, is it?  So the average night's sleep is nine.  Some people need ten, some need seven.  And here's the simple question.  How is that working out for you?  If what you're doing is working for you, what the hell are you doing watching this tape for?!  Go do something else.  If you have a problem that's not working, that's a time to look at maybe I should add more sleep.  And see how that feels.  Some people, all they need is four or five hours.

Scott: And so many people go to their doctor for sleep aids too.  You see the commercials and all these people sleeping peacefully now that they have their medication.  What does long term use of those things do?

Teitelbaum: Well, there's a lot of different sleep aids.  And there are concerns.  There's some studies suggesting they may be problematic.  However, the toxicity of not sleeping is greater than that.  I don't like the valium family of sleep aids, because they keep people in light sleep and force them out of deep sleep.  They're also addictive.  But there are things like the trazadone, which is marketed as an antidepressant.  In my humble opinion, I don't think it works worth a damn as an antidepressant.  Please don't sue me company... but in my opinion.  But it works really well for sleep at a low dose.  

Um, Flexeril.  Again, the standard dose is 10 milligrams.  The studies show 2 point 5 to 2 point 8 milligrams gives you optimal effect.  So tiny doses of several things, I think, can be very healthy for people.  But I prefer to go with natural.  For most people, that's all they're going to need.  Lavender, the smell of lavender helps sleep.

For those of you with a busy day, especially the soccer moms, try this.  Pour a tub full of hot water, add two cups of Epsom salts, magnesium salts.  Light some candles, get the best tasting dark chocolate you can find.  Lock the door.  And relax.  And then take some lavender oil, put it in the tub, or some lavender bath salts, because that helps you calm to sleep.  Wrap up nice and calm after.  Give yourself an hour to cool down doing something boring.  And drift off to sleep.


Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum says that most people need, on average, 9 hours of sleep each night. Do you get a lot less than that? Dr. Teitelbaum discusses what that may or may not be doing. He also discusses different classes of sleep aids and what you should know about them as well as some natural things you can do to help you get to sleep.

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