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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Trouble Sleeping? Here's a Remedy!

I have an exciting tip to share, something I read about today in For Women First magazine, Feb. 8, 2010 issue.

If you have trouble falling asleep because of anxious brain activity that just won't quit, try this: look to one side for 5 seconds, then the other for 5 seconds, alternating the direction of your eyes for 5 minutes. According to the magazine, it not only helps reduce anxious thoughts, it also helps promote REM sleep.

I'll be giving it a try real soon, as I frequently have this problem. Will let you know how it works for me. Feel free to add how it works for you by posting a comment!

This technique which is a form of EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Read more about this fascinating concept at EMDR Institute's website.

Oh, and speaking of magazines, be sure to catch my input about ashwagandha on the bottom of page 12 in the March 1st, 2010 edition of Woman's World magazine (on newsstands now!) The author found me through this blog!

Follow-up: After using this technique for several days, and sharing it with a friend who has also started using it, I am happy to report that we have both found this simple technique very effective. On some occasions I have had to put a little effort into it: as I wander off into worrying again, bringing myself back to it. Even so, it has taken me less than 10 minutes at the most to get to sleep, or return to sleep, and often it takes only a minute or two. This is in stark contrast to what has often been hours of anxious thought preceeding eventually falling asleep, or giving up on the elusive quest! My friend also told me about a fitful night during which she repeatedly got to sleep only to wake up again shortly after. Finally, she remembered to use the technique, after which she slept for several hours. So give this a try, it has been very helpful for us, and hopefully will be for you too. Comments on your experience are welcome!
(updated on 3-1-10)