Can't sleep? Sometimes as we get older it seems like we are sleep challenged. Wasn't life suppose to get easier?
I read an article several months past that was stressing TURN OFF THE LIGHTS when you go to bed. It was saying that we were leaving the rooms too light for everyone. Babies and teenagers were not getting DEEP sleep, and that only happens in the hours before midnight when the room is really dark.
Then the May issue of the Readers Digest had more to say about the same thing, with an added twist. Light suppresses the brain's production of melatonin. That hormone may play a role in immunity or help slow the growth of cancer. People with the lowest levels of melatonin were about 60% more likely to develop breast cancer.
Your body makes melatonin at night only when the room is dark. Even yellow/blue night-lights are enough to suppress melatonin. If you need a light in your bathroom, use a red bulb.
Then eat breakfast by the window - spending 20 minutes in a good dose of sunlight, resetting your natural rhythms, letting your body really know night from day.
Several in my family made their rooms darker and found they were sleeping better. Now for the sunshine part ...