Yes, it's true that some people have a mutation in a gene called DEC2 that allows them to sleep very little, around six hours, and be healthy with no fatigue.  There are even reports of "hypersomniacs" that do well on less than an hour a night. But chances are, if you're reading this, you're not one of them and you're tired and you need some way to get some more sleep. In fact, maybe you read about how some extra sleep will boost your testosterone, increase your libido and improve your erectile performance. Regardless of your reason, I've got a number of suggestions, mostly from the research, that show you how you can more easily fall asleep and also improve the quality of your sleep while you're at it.
NOTE: If I don't say so myself, I have a great page that documents The Many Benefits of the Relaxation Response. It is simply one of the most powerful things that you can do to increase your "maleness" or "manliness". I know it's hard to believe, but you can improve your hormonal profiles, increase memory and job performance and, obviously, improve sleep.
If you are a quasi-insomniac for some reason, try to get to the root of the issue which is probably stress, anxiety and/or caffeine. In the meantime, you can rotate through the these short term to get you back on track:
REFERENCES:NOTE: There is a new drug, tasimelteon, supposedly with few side effects, that is a melatonin agonist, i.e. a chemical that mimics melatonin. As of this writing in October of 2009, it had successfully passed Phase III trials and seems to have the "green light". Of course, this begs the question: why not just take melatonin? I don't have a good answer for that, except to say that some critics of the supplement industry point out that melatonin supplements are not controlled and some tested samples did not even contain the quantity of melatonin shown on the label. Personally, I do not see this as much of an issue, especially if you are taking melatonin short term, but my job is to inform.
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