Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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New Health Advice III – How to sleep well and enough

I’m not a physician (I only have a BA in Medicine and I never practiced as healer) and certainly not your physician, so I’m not giving medical advice to anyone. However, some ideas I have could be helpful – but not instead of going to the doctor when you should.

  • Cut out the crap before bed:

Coffee, caffeine, sugar.

Pills to “help you sleep.” Coma is not sleep.

Stress (bad news news, stressful reading, arguing).

Don’t go to bed late.

  • Cut out the crap in bed:

Stop tossing around. Lie still on your side with as little input from outside your brain (lights off, covered comfortably (not too warm, not to cold), etc.). Then yawn until you sleep – soon. Going to sleep is the art of letting go. If it doesn’t work, could you be too lonely? Connect – to your bed partner, call a good friend. Does that help you yawn? If it doesn’t, is there one single tear you’d rather shad than sleep? Cry it. Is it not enough, cry more. After the crying, your brain may be very abuzz. In that time or after that time, you’ll sleep so peacefully. BTW: This is how small children do it – automatically.

Thoughts are making you not sleep. If they are valuable, write them down – stop milling – and go (back to) sleep. If they are not valuable, slow down your breathing and your racing thoughts will stop too.

Pain. Don’t take a “pain killer” – they ruin your sleep. Instead, cry and shiver if you need to to lose the drama about the pain. You may also reassure yourself to be happy that your nerves work and that they do not imply that you are dying. If they do tell the end is near, collect your loved ones around you and don’t sleep, but rather enjoy them, and ask them to tell you why they are happy that you lived.

  • Cut out the crap afterwards:

Don’t drink coffee “to wake up.” It will ruin your next night of sleep.

You didn’t get enough sleep. Go to bed earlier. Nap in the afternoon. Change professions. Learn to live with poverty. Get help with the kids.

My earlier health blog post are: here and here.

These opinions do not replace consulting and listening to your physicians.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He makes his readers laugh, and be mad, and think he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500th blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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