I used to lie in bed staring up at the ceiling for hours waiting to fall asleep. I tried to calm my mind but the more I tried the more my mind just chattered away reviewing my day or some other prior event. I tried counting sheep but the numbers got stratospheric until the sun began to rise. I was exhausted. I tried to meditate and think of nothing but then something would drift into the nothing and the more I tried to push it out, the more it returned. I would get some sleep during the night, but the worst part was the interminable boredom of just waiting to fall asleep. I’d look at the clock and time just crawled by.
What an amazing, charmed life I have. I’ve had the privilege of being friends and working with three of the most respected and revered living spiritual guides in the Western Hemisphere. Ram Dass, Zen Master Roshi Bernie Glassman and Deepak Chopra M.D. Since Ram Dass’ stroke, I have not had much contact with him as he is now living in Hawaii, but my relationship with Bernie and Deepak is ongoing and intense. Both of these great teachers have, among the other zillion things they have done, written ‘cookbooks’. Deepak, who has written over 70 books, with over 21 NYTimes best sellers, wrote The Chopra Center Cookbook: Nourishing Body and Soul. And Zen Master Bernie Glassman wrote Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master’s Lessons in Living a Life That Matters.
One of the most famous photographers of the most famous rock stars told me the other day that he has been off drugs ever since using light and sound mind machine technology. He uses his Deepak Chopra Dream Weaver everyday. Not only does it keep him drug free and happy, it has also helps boost his creativity. (And he earns his living off of his creativity)
I know what he is talking about firsthand. I had a drug addiction too. I was at a party and someone handed me a glass water pipe with freebase cocaine in it. I took one toke of the clinical tasting sweet white smoke and I was immediately addicted. Continue reading
Michael Jackson died from propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication. His death was not a suicide. He was just trying to get a good night’s sleep. He is not alone in having died from sleep medication. A recent large study published in the British Medical Journal shows that anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills have been linked to a doubling to quadrupling (2-4X) in the risk of death. This study found that benzodiazepines are the most commonly prescribed drug class.
The Sleep Disorders Health Center of WebMD reports on Understanding the Side Effects of Sleeping Pills…
Between one third and one half of all Americans have insomnia and complain of poor sleep. Many people take sleeping pills to deal with this issue.
Sleeping pills can seem like a good short-term solution but they have harmful side-effects.
Sleeping pills are classed as “sedative hypnotics” – drugs used to induce and/or maintain sleep. Sedative hypnotics include benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and various hypnotics.
Benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and Librium are anti-anxiety medications. They also increase drowsiness and help people sleep. All benzodiazepines are potentially addictive.
Are you starting to experience one or multiple side effects because you’re taking sleeping pills? Such as headaches, sleeplessness, dizziness, drowsiness or nausea? Are you having back pains, starting to hallucinate or maybe you’re feeling anxious or you’re experiencing memory disorders?
These sleeping pills can cause your life to come to a dead stop. It prevents you from living an active life and enjoying family and friends. Millions of people suffer from the debilitating effects of using common everyday sleeping pills.