Monday, December 25, 2006

Are You Getting a Good Nights Sleep?

Difficulty in sleeping can affect many aspects of life. People who don't get the recommended amount of sleep for their age groups can have a myriad of negative affects.

According to recent poles 55% population of the world may have chronic insomnia, with problems related to falling asleep and staying asleep or waking up to early in the mornings. Last year over 29% of chronic insomnia were prescribed medicine for good nightS sleep. Prescription drugs can have side effects, in most cases the dosages need to be upped to get a full night sleep the longer one is on them and most people become addicted to prescription sleep aids making it so they cant stop taking the them unless they don’t want to sleep for a few days.
If you are having trouble sleeping, there are a few steps you can take to help your body naturally get to sleep:
First Step:
Try to get to bed at the same time every night your body runs on an internal clock and if you don’t get to sleep every night at the same time you can through that clock out of whack so a regular bedtime routine is good practice even if you aren’t tired try to lay down maybe read a book or listen to some relaxing music. Lifestyle choices will affect your sleep as well such as smoking, illicit drug use and pharmaceuticals, alcohol and caffeine; try to limit your intake of such things for better sleep.
Second Step:
Next in line is nutrition, a combination of herbs and vitamins can help naturally relax the body and mind to help one get better sleep all night long. Green tea is an herb that is loaded with the amino acid l-Theanine, studies have shown l-Theanine to can help calm the brain, given today’s high passé lifestyles most of us are still thinking about work or what needs to go on your grocery list while laying in bed, l-Theanine helps calm your thoughts for a better nights sleep.
Other beneficial vitamins and herbs are as follows:
  • 5-HTP: helps promote healthy sleep, a precursor to serotonin vital for mood regulation and sleep.
  • Ashwagandha: an Adaptogenic herb, helps combat stress, calming herb.
  • B Complex: good to combat stress, helps maintain a healthy nervous system function.
  • Calcium: helps relax muscles.
  • Chamomile: anti-anxiety herb, good for ADD, insomnia and stress.
  • Catnip: a calming herb, used to help you sleep with out affecting you the next day.
  • Hops: primarily used for treatment of anxiety and insomnia for thousands of years.
  • Lemon Balm: Primarily used for ADD, insomnia, stress, and Irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Magnesium: helps relax muscles and is a good brain relaxing mineral.
  • Skullcap: used in the past primarily as a calmative and a digestive aid, and is known for its calming effects.
  • Valerian: is a tranquilizer and calming herb useful for disorders such as restlessness, nervousness, insomnia, hysteria, and headaches.The above listed herbs can be found in combination by several manufacturers such as Source naturals and Planetary Formulas to name two.

Herbal supplements can create a natural relaxing and stress relieving environment for the body before bedtime.

The statements in this article are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease please consult your health care physician before discontinuing medication or introducing herbs into your diet.


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