Dr Bollmann, Skin Care Expert, Anti-Aging Expert
How can I sleep without alcohol? I was recently asked to answer this question on Quora, an informational web site of which I am a member.
Alcohol is a relaxant, but it does have sugar, which can eventually stimulate you. I would seek other ways to relax - best is meditation. When I can’t sleep, I meditate, even during a nap. If I don’t fall asleep, at least I have had the benefit of meditation.
So one needs a clear mind to relax; you need to eliminate problems of the day. A good spiritual discipline can help this.
But let’s face it; this is not always possible. The world throws problems at us, and we need our sleep to survive them.
So what do I advise, and what do I do. I take Melatonin, (which is dirt cheap), 3 mg at night before bed. And I keep it dark; light inactivates melatonin. If I have any aches and pains, which let’s face it, as we get older we all have, I take Tylenol. And if I am especially stressed, I take 1/4 (one quarter)of a 1 mg Xanax. Of course, don’t eat or exercise late.
Several caveats. Xanax is an addictive drug, and I am advising taking it ONLY at night, and ONLY at times that are especially stressful, and not on a regular basis.
Why do I do this? I am a pragmatist, not a purist, and find a good night sleep helps one get through the day better. And if I am stressed with everyday problems, I find I can count a hell of a lot of sheep before I ever fall asleep.
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First, the answer is yes, retinol can make wrinkles worse, especially when you first start using it. What is happening is a drying effect, and one can get epidermal sliding from separation from the dermis. But this is temporary, and will eventually end up tightening the skin around the eyelids, provided you are using a potent retinol preparation.