Could you be taking the wrong sleeping pill or too much of the right one? Is it possible that in your efforts to ease insomnia, you’re actually harming your health? Dr. Mehmet Oz answered these questions and more on his July 29 talk show, entitled “The Truth About Sleeping Pills.” Discover common sleep wreckers and improve the quality and quantity of your sleep with a scrumptious solution: Homemade frozen pops with a miracle ingredient for slumbering sweetly.
Dr. Oz’s guest expert, Dr. Michael Breus, is known for his expertise in curing insomnia. He’s the best-selling author of “Beauty Sleep: Look Younger, Lose Weight, and Feel Great Through Better Sleep” and “The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Simple Rules for Losing Weight While You Sleep.” Among the most common sleep wreckers, says Dr. Breus: Your alarm clock (put it where you can’t see the time if you wake up in the middle of the night), reading before bed (don’t read in bed) and bright lights (use a dimmer).
Although we love summer weather, it can contribute to those problems in drifting off to dreamland. To ease sleeping, try a surprisingly simple and inexpensive holistic solution: Gelatin, which contains glycine. Glycine functions in your brain to lower your body temperature. You only need two dry envelopes (such as Knox Original Gelatin, Unflavored) to cool yourself down and sleep. You can make it yourself from a home recipe or try the delicious recipe below from Dr. Oz’s show:
Mimi’s Sleepytime No-Drip Popsicles
Note: Because bananas and orange juice are rich in magnesium, they relax you to fall asleep faster. Combined with gelatin, this recipe helps you slumber peacefully through the night.
- 2 cups orange juice
- 3 (1/4-oz) packets granulated unsweetened gelatin, such as Knox Original Gelatin Unflavored
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 small banana
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
Directions: Add ingredients to blender. Blend and pour into popsicle molds. Freeze for 8 hours. When ready to eat, run popsicle molds under warm water for 15 seconds. Gently remove and enjoy! Tip: To make it easy to remove the popsicles, look for a mold made from silicone, such as Zoku Slow Pops: Mini Pop Molds.
Note: When it comes to sleeping aids, Dr. Oz wants you to understand that whether they are prescription or over-the-counter, they are drugs. Talk with your doctor before you take any medication, particularly if you have other medical conditions. And try holistic options first, such as the popsicles, before taking drugs.