Dr. Oz: Melatonin Alternatives
Dr. Oz has explained in previous episodes many other ways to fall asleep, which include not drinking before you head to sleep, keep the amount of light in the room to a minimum and sleeping in a nice, quiet, cool environment. Well, now there is one more way to fall asleep at the end of the day. It is called progressive muscle relaxation.
Dr. Oz: Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Dr. Breus explained the method to this type of relaxation is to progressively tighten and then relax each muscle in the body, started with the head and working all the way down to the feet.
Dr. Breus did a short exercise with the audience to demonstrate what they should do each night instead of taking melatonin.
Dr. Breus said to start out with a very deep breathe, which you breathe in for five seconds. Next you let out the breathe very slowly for five seconds. Do this as many times as it takes to start feeling a little bit relaxed.
Next, still with the eyes closed, you tense your forehead by squeezing your eyes together tightly for five seconds. After the five seconds are up, slowly relax the muscles in your forehead for five seconds.
Next, you move down to your shoulders where you tense your shoulders by shrugging them for five seconds. After the five seconds are up, slowly relax the shoulder muscles for five seconds.
Next, you tighten your fists very tightly for five second and then slowly release your grip for five seconds.
Each one of these exercises can be down all the way down to the feet or until you are feeling relaxed enough to fall asleep.
Dr. Oz: Progressive Muscle Relaxation EEG Results
Dr. Oz hooked April up to an EEG machine while she did her progressive muscle relaxation exercises. It showed that she was slowly becoming more and more relaxed as more and more muscles were constricted and loosened. As Dr. Oz put it, it is a simple, ancient and safe way to fall asleep.
I think I may try this tonight. I almost fell sleep just watching it.