Many people don't realize how dangerous over-the-counter and prescription sleeping pills can be. These drugs can easily be habit-forming, and they're linked to a number of other negative health outcomes. The occasional OTC or prescription drug can be handled by your body, but the redundancy of use will often lead to compromised memory and a decrease in mental sharpness. However, sleep is incredibly important to our health as well. I'm sure you don't need me to tell you how impaired you can be after just a few nights without restful sleep. And for many women, restless sleep is a common complaint in menopause and beyond.
In search of natural sleep solutions, women often turn to melatonin, which is a hormone our bodies produce naturally to help us regulate our circadian rhythms and that contributes to sleep. Melatonin production dips as we age, so women often find themselves taking supplemental melatonin to help them fall and stay asleep.
This is a very fine option, but it doesn't work for everyone. Some people will often fall asleep with melatonin, but even if it's timed release, they still will wake up after four hours.
But what if there was another natural, easy way to boost your body's own melatonin production? What if you could make the melatonin you're taking work better and longer? And what if this product could help you get more sleep, get better quality sleep, and wake up feeling better? I know I'd be interested.
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Good news - this product exists. It's called the Philip Stein Sleep Bracelet with Natural Frequency Technology (NFT). Studies have found that 96% of wearers experience benefits in at least one area of sleep when wearing the bracelet compared to a placebo. In fact, 43% of participants in a study on the NFT reported feeling more refreshed compared to the placebo. Over half (52%) had more pleasant dreaming experiences. A total of 47% fell asleep faster, while 39% reported sleeping longer, and 36% reported spending fewer minutes awake. In anecdotal responses from actual customers, these numbers are even higher, with users also reporting better moods, higher energy levels, and more alertness during the day.
The sleep bracelet has been shown to work through the night. I have a patient, Lisa, who has taken 10 mg of melatonin a half hour before bedtime for the past two years. This was first prescribed to her by her psychiatrist in trying to get her off of Ambien. The melatonin puts her to sleep, but she wakes after four hours. When she started using the sleep bracelet, she began sleeping for seven hours before waking.
So how exactly does this bracelet work? I'll have more information about the science behind it in a future issue of Women's Health Letter. For now, here are the basics: the NFT boosts melatonin production in Y79-human retinoblastoma cells, which contribute to healthy sleep patterns. In a study exposing Y79 cells to the NFT disks, melatonin production increased 20% compared to when the cells were exposed to a placebo disk. This natural melatonin boost helps your body naturally regulate its sleep, leaving you feeling more refreshed all day.
The Philip Stein Sleep Bracelet comes in three models. The Orange Sleep Bracelet ($195) has a rubber strap and comes with a 2-year warranty. The Classic Sleep Bracelet ($355) and the Slim SS Sleep Bracelet ($395) have stainless steel cases, interchangeable straps, and 5-year warranties. To order a Philip Stein Sleep Bracelet, simply call 800-449-3155. They can help you decide which bracelet is right for you. I know these might sound pricey, but it's hard to put a price on a good night's sleep. And if you're currently paying for melatonin or other sleep aides, a bracelet will likely pay for itself before you know it.
Better Health and Living for Women,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
Sleep Diagnosis and Therapy Journal, Vol 5 No 5 September 2010.