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Are You Having Trouble Sleeping?

August 31, 2009 in Uncategorized

Do you find that halfway through your day you need to take a nap or can't focus on your work because you're tired?  According to studies, sleep deprivation affects one in four Canadians and one in three Americans.  The scary part of these statistics is that sleep deprivation is on the rise and not only does it affect the person who isn't getting much sleep, but it can cause a major public safety problem.  For example at least 54% of adults have driven drowsy once in the past year.  More alarmingly, however, is that 28% of drivers have actually nodded off or fallen asleep while driving a motor vehicle.  Some have also reported that due to lack of sleep that they're too tired to work efficiently or to exercise and even eat healthy.  Furthermore, a lack of sleep can cause:

  1. Low energy
  2. Weight gain
  3. Moodiness
  4. Inability to handle stress
  5. Chronic sickness
  6. Skin breakouts (acne)
  7. Premature aging


The most important thing about sleep is that it's not about the quantity, but rather the quality of your sleep.  You need to remove or drown out all extraneous noise and light from your bedroom.  For example sleeping with the television on does not allow your mind and body to get appropriate rest as noise and light have negative affects while sleeping.  Meaning that people who have had nine full hours of sleep may actually be more tired during the day than those people who have had 6-7 hours of uninterrupted restful sleep.  Here are some tips to help improve your sleep:

  1. Stick to a sleep schedule seven days a week.
  2. Try to reduce environmental factors such as street noise with heavier curtains or turning off the television before going to bed.
  3. Avoid the consumption of caffeine, alcohol and heavy foods late at night.
  4. Don't take naps during the day as this can interfere with your nightly sleep.
  5. Exercise can help you to reduce stress, insomnia and anxiety, but do it no later than three hours before bedtime.
  6. Keep the bedroom dark and cool, about 16 - 18 C.
  7. Try to calm your mind before going to sleep with a good book or even taking a bath.


For the last year I have also been trying to do my part in helping to improve sleep by getting together with my research and development team.  And the result is a scientifically formulated natural sleep aid supplement called Lights Out. It's simple to use and more importantly it's drug-free so, you don't have to worry about side effects.  Many people have already been surprised by the results so, give it a try and enjoy a deep relaxing sleep. Click here to find out more about my new sleep aid.

If you have any other tips for improving sleep please leave a comment so that other people can benefit as well.

Hoping that you all have a good nights sleep.
Dr. Michael Ho

  • Vaidy Bala

    July 24, 2016 at 1:58 pm
    Re: Insomnia
    I tried Melatonin supplement, did not work. I tried Zopiclone 2,5 to 5 mg per nite, works, but will have some side effects. I tried Yoga, kneeling child pose is suggested, may be for ten minutes, results claimed by others, I am not sure? I wonder if the small pads of TENS behind our ears can stimulate the Pineal gland before going to bed? I agree six to seven hours good restful sleep is all that is needed by an active adult. I believe in Dr.Ho's Sharing is Caring philosophy.
    • DR-HO'S

      July 26, 2016 at 10:09 am
      Hi Vaidy,
      We don't suggest placing the small pads behind the ears, as there are no muscles to stimulate, and will likely result in a stinging sensation. However, you can definitely use the TENS device on other areas of the body to relax the muscles for more restful sleep. To help with sleep, please treat the back of your neck, ensuring that you lie down with a neck pillow or rolled up towel for neck support and effective treatment.
      Best of health and happiness!

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