Dr. Oz Talks About Progressive Muscle Relaxation Therapy (PMR) As A Melatonin Alternative
Today Dr. Oz talked about the side effects of taking too much Melatonin. Many melatonin supplements are sold in 3 or 5mg pills. Dr. Breus was the guest on the show who stated that you shouldn’t take more than 1 mg of melatonin to help you sleep. Any more than that can bring about side effects and actually hinder your sleep. During this segment on the show Dr. Oz talks with Dr. Breus about a melatonin alternative known as Progressive Muscle Relaxation therapy, or “PMR” exercises.
How PMR (Progressive Muscle Relaxation) Therapy Can Help You Sleep
Dr. Breus was talking to Dr. Oz about how PMR is a safe way to help you sleep without the side effects that melatonin can cause. To perf
Dr Michael Breus led Dr Oz’s audience through the steps of Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR), a natural way to unwind & sleep. Many people have trouble falling asleep because their muscles are too tense at night. Dr. Breus explained that you need to relax those tense muscles before you unwind for bed. Dr. Oz invited a guest on to the show named April to participate in PMR study right on the stage during the show.
Dr. Michael Breus also encouraged Dr. Oz’s audience to participate in the Progressive Muscle Relaxation exercise. He told them to uncross your legs and begin the exercise by taking in several long and slow deep breaths with their eyes closed. He instructed the audience members to inhale for four seconds and then exhale for four seconds. Dr. Oz was also an active participant in this exercise.
Steps To Perform Progressive Muscle Relaxation Therapy
- Start PMR from head to toe
- Tense each muscle for five seconds starting out at your forehead and working downward.
- After you have tensed your muscle for five seconds relax
Dr. Breus explained to the audience and viewers that to tense your forehead you should squint (while your eyes remain closed). He then guided the audience concentrating on each muscle working downward. (shoulders, arms, fists, ect….)
PMR Slows Your Brain Activity
For many people it’s hard to slow down your brain after a long day of work, kids, errands, ect… The woman that they invited on to the stage to perform the progressive muscle relaxation exercise was hooked up to an EEG. The machine charted her brain activity before the exercise and after PMR. Her brain activity was noticeably slower while performing the exercise and afterwords. You could actually see the PMR successfully slowing down her brain activity which is important if you want to drift of to a pleasant and restful sleep.
Dr. Oz was very excited about this exercise and he agreed that PMR is a very safe and natural way to help you fall asleep at night and encouraged his viewers that this is an excellent alternative to melatonin or any other sleep aids.