natural sleep cures

  1. Common sleep drugs can kill heart patients

    Sleep meds can worsen heart failure

    Heart disease and sleep disorders are found together so frequently you might think they were sharing a pillow.

    Lack of sleep can cause damage in the body such as chronic inflammation, which in turn contributes to heart disease. And heart disease, of course, can make it difficult to sleep.

    As a result, heart patients often turn to sleep meds for help.

    All I can say is, don't.

    Not only are these drugs dangerous even for perfectly healthy patients, as I just mentioned, but they can be especially risky for heart patients.

    And if you happen to have heart failure, these drugs can hurt or kill you, as new research finds the meds can up the risk of cardiovascular events and even death by as much as 800 percent.

    I don't know about you, but that would certainly keep me up at night.

    Of course, the mainstream is acting stunned by the research, but I don't see what the fuss is all about here. Sleep meds -- especially benzodiazepines -- are known to slow heart function and disrupt normal breathing patterns.

    That's bad news for healthy patients. But for heart patients, as the new study shows, those side effects can be downright catastrophic.

    So while mainstream docs say we need more research and claim that heart patients should keep taking their sleep meds until then, I say it's time for a new approach to sleep disorders.

    There are safe, natural and proven drug-free solutions for sleep that won't put your life on the line -- and they can work for heart patients and healthy patients alike.

    You can read about some of the best options in this free report from my House Calls archives. But if you're a heart patient, of course don't trying anything new without speaking to a doctor first.

    I recommend working with an experienced holistic physician. If you're in Southern California, you can make an appointment to see me at my clinic in the San Diego area.

    Not in the area? I'm also available over the phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK for more information or to schedule a consultation.

  2. Lack of sleep can cause pain

    How sleep disorders set the stage for all-over pain

    There's pain, and then there's PAIN.

    The first is the pain you feel when you stub your toe, wake up with a headache or have to endure yet another grueling dinner with your in-laws.

    The second is the widespread all-over PAIN that starts from the inside and works its way out, leaving you feeling as if you've just been hit by a truck.

    If you've never suffered from that all-over PAIN yourself, count your blessings. And if you want to make sure you never find out what it feels like, be sure to get your beauty sleep -- because new research confirms that lack of sleep is the single biggest risk factor for widespread PAIN.

    Lack of sleep comes in many forms. In some cases, it's classic insomnia -- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. In others, it's the restless sleep marked by tossing, turning and waking up too often no matter how many hours you spend in bed.

    Some unlucky souls battle all of the above.

    The bad news is, these and other sleep disorders are among the most common health problems facing Americans today -- meaning there are going to be a lot more people in the coming years learning the difference between pain and PAIN.

    The good news? You don't have to be among them.

    Pass on sleep meds; they might help you fall asleep a little faster and keep you unconscious a little bit longer, but they don't provide the rest you need for rejuvenation -- and they come with big risks, up to and including death.

    I recommend a two-step approach to sleep problems instead.

    First, turn to the safe and natural supplements that can help you sleep tonight -- including the "sleep hormone" melatonin, GABA, theanine and Inositol as well as tried-and-true herbal remedies such as chamomile and passionflower.

    And second, work with a holistic doctor to find out what's keeping you awake. Sometimes, it's as simple as a lifestyle issue such as too much caffeine late in the day.

    In others, lack of sleep may be a warning sign of a nutritional or hormonal problem.

    A holistic doctor can run some tests and get to the bottom of it in a jiffy. Once you have it figured out, you'll be able to fall asleep the moment your head hits the pillow.

    If you're in Southern California, I can help. Make an appointment to see me at my clinic outside San Diego.

    Not in the area? Not a problem -- I'm also available for telephone consultations. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule yours.

  3. Sleep medications could cause heart attack

    The main ingredient in sleep drugs such as Ambien can increase your risk of a heart attack by up to 50 percent, according to new research.
  4. Too much sleep could kill you

    Everyone knows missing sleep is unhealthy. But most people don't realize that too much sleep could be just as bad, and maybe worse.

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