Get the rest you deserve without having to count sheep.
Sleep is crucial for your overall health and well-being but according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 25 percent of American adults have reported inadequate sleep for at least 15 out of every 30 days. In addition, an estimated 40 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder such as insomnia or sleep apnea. If you aren’t getting the quality sleep you need or want to improve your sleep naturally, dietary and lifestyle changes can go a long way in helping you reach your goals. Clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Breus and Dr. Camilo Ruiz, a board-certified internist specializing in sleep medicine, shared their pill-free recommendations for anyone looking to get more rest and relaxation.
Try Bright Light Therapy
Often used for seasonal affective disorder, Dr. Ruiz also proposes bright light therapy for individuals with sleep problems. Bright light therapy involves exposure to bright light only in the mornings and avoiding it in the afternoons and evenings. Individuals can wear blue light-blocking glasses that reduce the amount of blue light they are exposed to, which can obstruct the body’s production of melatonin.