If there’s a seasonal pattern to your insomnia, reduced light exposure could be the culprit. People in northerly latitudes are exposed to little daylight in the winter, and this can have a negative effect on circadian rhythms and worsen sleep.
Last week I gave a talk about insomnia and insomnia remedies, and I asked people in the audience to share what they knew. “Melatonin!” a man shouted out. “It doesn’t work!” Others laughed in agreement.
But there is at least one type of insomnia sufferer who stands to gain a lot by taking melatonin supplements regularly at the appropriate time of day. Watch this 3-minute book trailer to find out more.
Chelsea Update, September 6, 2013
LOCAL AUTHOR EXPLORES INSOMNIA IN NEW BOOK
Scio Township resident Lois Maharg has spent most of her life battling insomnia. She has tried hypnotic CDs, relaxation exercises, melatonin, sleeping pills, self-help books and more with no long-term success. So she decided to go out in search of answers and write a book.
A small business owner wrote to Ask The Savvy Insomniac to say that her problem was that she didn’t normally feel sleepy until around 3 a.m.
Here are a couple ways she could shift her biological rhythms so that she feels like going to sleep earlier.
Use your laptop, tablet, or iPhone at night?
Electric lighting–particularly sophisticated devices with LED lighting–can seriously interfere with your sleep, says Charles Czeisler, a professor of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School.