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Dr. Oz Reveals a Sleep Aid That You Just Won't Believe Until You Try it

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Do you find yourself tossing and turning during summer nights when the heat, humidity and sounds of summer through an open window keep you from having a night of restful sleep? As it turns out, you are not alone with this problem and help is on the way. In a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz offers viewers his “Dr. Oz Summertime Sleep Solution” for people with insomnia who do not want to risk the dangers of taking OTC and prescription sleeping pills.

“Many of you have told me that heat is the number one reason why you cannot sleep during the summer,” says Dr. Oz as he introduces to viewers a new and unusual sleep aid that you can find in a typical kitchen pantry—gelatin.

“It’s inexpensive, it’s natural and it really, really works,” says Dr. Oz as he explains to viewers that summertime sleeplessness is due to how our body responds to temperature at night during a normal sleep cycle. Dr. Oz tells us that during the day our body temp is relatively high and under the influence of normal hormonal cycles. By nighttime, however, the body begins to cool down some and reaches its coolest level during sleep. And by morning time, our body temp begins to rise again and prepare itself for the day.

The problem with summertime sleep is that our bodies sometimes do not get cool enough due to the summer heat that has accumulated during the day in our home and the air is often still and stuffy making it even more difficult to relax and fall asleep. Dr. Oz says that with our body temperature not dropping slightly―as it should by nighttime―results in our brain not getting the signal that it’s time to go to sleep and thereby disrupts our natural circadian rhythm.

An easy solution to this problem without having to resort to taking sleeping pills is by eating gelatin—the same type used in making Jell-O and other gelled desserts in the kitchen. According to Dr. Oz, gelatin contains glycine—an important amino acid that research has shown that can actually cause the body to cool down when given in the right doses in food.

So, what kind of ways can we get our body temperature-cooling gelatin? One way is to just dissolve 2 packets of gelatin in a glass of water as a drink before going to bed. However, as one guest viewer attests with a grimace, while the taste is not bad, the smell makes the dissolved gelatin difficult to swallow.

Rather than resort to drinking dissolved gelatin in water, Dr. Oz recommends taking gelatin before bedtime per 3 viewer recommended recipes summarized below:

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Gelatin Sleep Aid Recipe #1: Sleepytime no-drip popsicles

Using popsicle molds, freeze away a popsicle mixture consisting of:
• 2 cups orange juice
• 3 packets of gelatin
• ½ cup frozen strawberries
• 1 small banana
• ½ cup plain yogurt

Gelatin Sleep Aid Recipe #2: Summer sleep cooley

A refreshing chilled dessert that has the antioxidant benefits of blueberries and tart cherry juice, one viewer recommends this low-calorie bedtime treat made with:
• 1 and ½ cups of tart cherry juice
• 3 packets of gelatin
• ¼ cup of blueberries

And finally, the sleep aid recipe that is hard to believe―but easy to swallow―is a delicious healthy take on a common home staple for dinner—meatloaf:

Gelatin Sleep Aid Recipe #3: Summertime meatloaf

Rather than using eggs and milk to get your meatloaf to hold together during baking, one viewer recommends using gelatin instead:
• 2 pounds lean ground turkey breast
• 2 packets of gelatin
• 16 ounces of chunky salsa

For helpful information on getting the rest you need without resorting to the dangers of sleeping pills, click on the two titled links “Dr. Oz Recommends Lettuce Opium Sleep Aid Rather Than Ambien” and “Dr. Oz and Dr. Weil Recommend 1 Natural Supplement over Melatonin as a Safer Sleep Aid” for selected sleep advice from both Dr. Oz and Dr. Andrew Weil.

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Reference: The Dr. Oz Show― “Dr. Oz’s Summertime Sleep Solution”