This is a nice compendium of tips for better sleep. Acupuncture helps balance the autonomic nervous system so you can “rest and digest.” But there are many other suggestions. She recommends melatonin, as do I, though she feels comfortable with a much higher dose than I do. I recommend 1/2 of a milligram to start, she recommends 3 mg. She says that Beta blockers can interfere with sleep, something I was not aware of.
The other suggestion I have is to try to get sunlight during the day, especially as we get older. The brain responds with melatonin at night if it gets plenty of sunlight during the day. Since our lenses get more yellow as we age, they block out the blue light that’s key for best melatonin production.
Sleep is key for growth hormone production, which is a key anti-aging aid. So sleep is quite important on a number of levels.
Please read the whole article.