Help with sleep and relaxing music

Ken asks…

Can’t Sleep….suggestions??

This has been an ongoing issues for me. I have some difficulty with anxiety and depression. I also have a 19 month old girl, so taking sleeping agents is not an option for me as I can’t be really groggy from popping pills. I’ve tried everything else though…..warm milk, massage, relaxation/meditation music, soaking in the tub with lavendar, and an occassional glass of wine. Wine, or even a malt beverage, works for me, but it’s also like a sleeping pill….I have to make sure that I have at least eight hours to devote to sleep if I am going to go that route. Yes, I have discussed this with a doctor. Any other suggestions?
I work most nights until midnight and don’t get to bed until 2:00a.m. Thankfully, my daughter sleeps until 9:00a.m. or later.

admin answers:

This article might help you:

What is the secret to getting a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep? Head for the kitchen and enjoy one or two of these 10 foods. They relax tense muscles, quiet buzzing minds, and/or get calming, sleep-inducing hormones – serotonin and melatonin – flowing. Yawning yet?

Bananas. They’re practically a sleeping pill in a peel. In addition to a bit of soothing melatonin and serotonin, bananas contain magnesium, a muscle relaxant.

Chamomile tea. The reason chamomile is such a staple of bedtime tea blends is its mild sedating effect – it’s the perfect natural antidote for restless minds/bodies.

Honey. Drizzle a little in your warm milk or herb tea. Lots of sugar is stimulating, but a little glucose tells your brain to turn off orexin, a recently discovered neurotransmitter that’s linked to alertness.

Potatoes. A small baked spud won’t overwhelm your GI tract, and it clears away acids that can interfere with yawn-inducing tryptophan. To up the soothing effects, mash it with warm milk.

Oatmeal. Oats are a rich source of sleep – inviting melatonin, and a small bowl of warm cereal with a splash of maple syrup is cozy – plus if you’ve got the munchies, it’s filling too.

Almonds. A handful of these heart-healthy nuts can be snooze-inducing, as they contain both tryptophan and a nice dose of muscle-relaxing magnesium.

Flaxseeds. When life goes awry and feeling down is keeping you up, try sprinkling 2 tablespoons of these healthy little seeds on your bedtime oatmeal. They’re rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a natural mood lifter.

Whole-wheat bread. A slice of toast with your tea and honey will release insulin, which helps tryptophan get to your brain, where it’s converted to serotonin and quietly murmurs “time to sleep.”

Turkey. It’s the most famous source of tryptophan, credited with all those Thanksgiving naps. But that’s actually modern folklore. Tryptophan works when your stomach’s basically empty, not overstuffed, and when there are some carbs around, not tons of protein. But put a lean slice or two on some whole- wheat bread mid-evening, and you’ve got one of the best sleep inducers in your kitchen.

Or please try our Brainwave entrainment relaxation that has worked for 1000’s of others!

Ruth asks…

Does anyone know of sites that offer on line meditation tracks for serenity and relaxation ?

I really need some meditation tracks that can also be downloaded to my computer in an mp3 form so I can listen to them on the road. Please, if anyone know of such sites please write back. also, I don’t mean sound from nature or other relaxing music but guided meditation with a humen voice.

Thank you so much.

admin answers:

We have others, I hope these will help you out on our site.

Namaste, Jason