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An unusual insomnia remedy for women

We just finished reading an article over at EmpowerHer about insomnia and how it affects women. We've covered this issue a few times:

Is insomnia sexist?
For women, insomnia is a side effect of using their brain more than men
The link between menopause and insomnia

The article over at EmpowerHer was pretty typical - until we got to page two. There, we're given some simple insomnia treatments, courtesy of the University of Maryland Medical Center:

  • Visit the doctor
  • Take a warm bath
  • Enjoy a massage
  • Listen to music
  • Drink warm milk/herbal tea
  • Sleep on a firm mattress
  • Count

Basically, all the stuff we've heard a thousand times before. Here's the best part of the article, though - it also recommendeds sleeping with your head facing magnetic north and your feet facing south.

Unfortunately we're not given a theory as to why this should help - but if you're at a loss as to how to cure your insomnia, maybe you need to get your compass out.

Who knew all that orienteering you were forced to do as a child would actually prove to be useful in later life?!

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Last updated: May 6, 2010

This Article Was Written By

Martin Reed

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  • A. Marina Fournier
    November 16, 2010, 12:15 am

    I seem to be stuck in houses where the only way to put the bed in the room without other problems is an east/west placement.

    When I was still living at home as a teen, I would rearrange my room from head/west feet/east to head/north and feet/south, and never noticed any different in quality of sleep.