When you hear someone is a pharmacist, you might assume that if you have aches and pains or depression or insomnia, that person wants to hand you a bottle of pills.
But if you talk to Jay Gupta, you’ll realize that assumption is wrong.
“I encourage you to consider lifestyle changes first,” said Gupta, who is on a holistic mission to help people get a good night’s sleep — something he says thousands of people are missing.
Keep a food diary, he advises, because something you eat might be keeping you awake.
If you have a computer or television set in your bedroom, put it somewhere else.
Don’t use electronic devices such as cell phones before you retire because they can be too stimulating.
Consider the temperature of your sleeping area. A temperature of 60 to 72 degrees F or 16 to 22 degrees C is considered optimal for sleep.
Those are just a few of the tips Gupta discusses on a two-CD recording titled RxRelax for Insomnia, and they’re among the topics he’ll address at two seminars on Saturday. During a 10 a.m. session at the Greater Pittston YMCA and a 2 p.m. session in the meeting room of Boscov’s restaurant in Wilkes-Barre, he’ll share his ideas and some stress-relieving, yoga-based exercises.
Gupta and his wife, Terry, live in New England, where they established a non-profit organization called YogaCaps, which has a goal of “building a healthy and resilient community by making yoga more available and affordable.”
The name comes from the premise that practicing yoga is as easy as taking a capsule, and the couple offers many classes of therapeutic yoga to cancer survivors in their area.
Saturday’s classes will include yoga’s conscious breathing and gentle movements, not the more advanced postures, Terry Gupta said. “You can experience the benefits without turning yourself into a pretzel.”
While Jay Gupta was born in India, Terry Gupta is a native of Northeastern Pennsylvania. She graduated from Bishop O’Reilly High School and Wilkes College, now Wilkes University.
Her father, Dr. Robert Shemo, is a local dentist.