Curing your Post-Election Insomnia

Because of the stunning results of the Presidential election, the amount of stress many Americans are experiencing is becoming unhealthy. People are waking up to face the frightening reality that we may be in the midst of a global revolution (evidence for this includes the Arab Spring, Brexit, rejection of Dilma in Brazil, etc).

The brain’s maladaptive response to this stress has a neuropsychiatric basis. Stress, fear, workaholism, burnout, and insomnia comprise a vicious cycle. To resolve this problem, I recommend cognitive behavioral therapy, swimming, and singing. In addition, people need to focus on sleep hygiene. We each need to stay away from electronic devices after 6 PM. That means IPhones, IPads, TVs, laptops, etc need to be be powered down and turned off. If someone urgently needs to reach you overnight, they can call a TracPhone that you purchase as a second cell phone.

Diet is important to health. I suggest a growing your own vegetables and cooking a vegan, or near-vegan diet, as recommended by Prof. Arnold Ehret, but other diets that are primarily plant-based will also work. After dinner, conduct deep breathing exercises (as recommended in Ayurvedic Healing), take a bath, and pray. Even if you are an atheist, you may find solace from this book: Thou Dear God (Prayers of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr). If you don’t want to read a prayer book, a novel will also do, but that might energize your brain.

Have a cup of herbal tea and drift off to sleep. If you wake up in the middle of the night with nightmares or agitation, realize that these are unhelpful. Instead of going on the internet and working yourself up, I suggest reading a religious text. This might include the Bible (particularly the Psalms), the Bhagavad Gita, Koran, Jain Scriptures, Dalai Lama, Secular Meditation, etc. You will likely fall back asleep and awake refreshed in the morning. Start the day with 20 minutes of vigorous exercise and you will be on your way to another great day!

What do you think?

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Writing and reading posts takes time and we all know that time is precious. You and I will both get much more out of this blog if it leads to dialogue/exchange of ideas. If you found this post useful and wouldn’t mind leaving a brief comment and sharing via email or social media, I would be extremely grateful. My posts are generally written quickly, so if you have any feedback, or find any factual or grammatical errors, please do let me know. Regards, “Dr. Phil”


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