Thursday, February 3, 2011

Bedroom cold? Don't touch the heat.

Brrrrr. You may be tempted to turn up the heat in your icy cold bedroom – but don’t. It’s better to sleep in a cool room (about 60 to 68 degrees) and pile on the quilts, say the sleep experts.

You’ll be glad you did. Just heard from a woman who went away for the weekend and ended up in cool room the first night under a mountain of covers and in a nice warm room the second.

Guess where she slept better?

If you said the chillier room, you’re absolutely right. The warm room dried out her nasal passages and she spent the entire night clearing her throat and tossing and turning. The temperature may have been comfy, but the humidity was all wrong.

Don’t make that mistake, please ... More on getting comfortable next time. Or read my book,

Sleep tight!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sleep tips on radio Monday Jan. 17

Tune in tomorrow (Monday) at 7p.m. EST for live sleep tips/interview on "Read My Lips" blog talk radio show. Listen from anywhere in the country via your computer.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Get into the "Sleep Zone"

Start the week off right -- with a great night's sleep. Here are this week's tips for numbing a racing mind, excerpted from the new killer insomnia book, Why Count Sheep When You Can SLEEP?

(According to the experts, you should get out of bed if you can't sleep after 20 minutes of tossing and turning. These solutions are for those 20 minutes, and were contributed by people around the world.)

Slowly repeat each exercise to a count of 350 or more until your mind is in the "sleep zone."

  • Pretend you’re in a rocking chair, swaying forward and backward or side to side. Stay with the rocking motion as you whisper a mantra or count slowly to yourself.

  • Put an earplug in your ear and listen to a guided meditation or delta wave recording on your iPod.

  • Force your eyes to stay open. Eventually, they'll close.
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Makes a cool holiday gift for the insomniac in your life!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Breakfast and Book Signing

In the mood for a real country breakfast -- surrounded by gorgeous fall foliage? Take a drive to Frenchtown, N.J., Sunday, Nov. 7, any time from 8 a.m. to noon for the local Masons' community breakfast. $7, Darcy Lodge, 39 Everittstown Road.

And if you or a friend/relative/colleague need a great night's sleep, I'll be selling copies of "Why Count Sheep When You Can SLEEP?" at a special price. It makes a fabulous gift ... Stop by and say hello if you're in the neighborhood.

Monday, September 20, 2010

'Sleep Tight Tonight' Workshop

Hi everyone! If you need a good night's sleep and are in central New Jersey next week, check out my workshop/book signing on Thursday, Sept. 30. Tons of ideas on how to distract your mind so you can relax and go to sleep. 7 to 8:30 p.m., Clinton Book Shop, 12 E. Main Street. $15 fee includes copy of book. Reservations preferred: 908-735-8811, but walk-ins are OK. See you there!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Sleep Tight Tonight

You're lying in bed, but your mind just won't quit. It's too busy rehashing today's disasters or rehearsing for tomorrow's catastrophes. You can't slow down.

What do you do?

Here are some sleep solutions from my new book, “Why Count Sheep When You Can SLEEP?,” which has advice from people all over the world. Every one of these tips has put someone to sleep, so scan below until you find something that works for you (or share your favorite non-drug sleep remedies so others can benefit.)

If you'd like more information about the book, go here:

Real tips from real people that really work. This week's selections:

-- Pretend you’re in a rocking chair or hammock, swaying forward and backward or side to side. Stay with the rocking motion as you whisper a mantra or count slowly to yourself.

-- Imagine a whooshing noise. Make it softer and louder, v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y changing volume. Relax into the sound, wherever it goes. Turn it into a whisper. 350 times. 500. 1,000.

Quietly tell yourself, “I’m going to sleep now. Everything is OK. I’m very tired,” etc. Repeat over and over.

-- Envision a white board with nothing on it and keep that image in your mind.

Friday, July 23, 2010

This Week's Read-in-Bed Insomnia Tips:

from “Why Count Sheep When You Can SLEEP?”

Real tips from real people that really work. To calm a racing mind:

-- Imagine something with small details, such as a flower. Picture it up close, as vividly as possible, and lose yourself in the details.

-- Listen to "ambient music" from the Internet, such as the Hearts of Space channel. This rhythmless, drone-like music is very soothing. Another channel: soma fm -- go to "Drone Zone."

-- Write down what's worrying you in a journal by the bed. Think of the worst that could happen -- and then how you'd handle it. Go to sleep knowing that you're in control of whatever comes up.

Nighty night!