Is lack of sleep giving you bags under your eyes? Are you so sleep deprived that the only way you can get through the morning is by drinking espresso? Experts recommend that we get between seven and nine hours sleep per night and whilst it is important to make sure that we get enough sleep, it is equally important that we get good quality sleep.
THE BODY NEEDS REST, THE BRAIN NEEDS SLEEP
Sleep is necessary to help our brain recover and recuperate from the day’s activities. We have different cycles of sleep to achieve this. These cycles are known as rapid Eye Movement ( REM ) and non – REM ( slow wave ) sleep, and they are meant to occur in a specific order and for the right amount of time. If you are not getting enough sleep, or your sleep cycles are disturbed, then your brain is not getting enough time to rejuvenate and ‘reset’, and you are more likely to suffer some of the following:
* Poor concentration
* Poor memory
* Low mood
There are many reasons for sleep disturbances, stress is the most common trigger. Researchers have found that there is often an increase in stress hormones ( such as cortisol ) in people who have sleeping problems.
NATURAL THERAPIES MAY BE THE ANSWER TO HELP YOU SLEEP
The benefits of using natural therapies for sleep maintenance are that they are not addictive like some medications and won’t leave you feeling groggy in the morning. Even more importantly, Natural medicines can help address the underlying causes of poor sleep such as nutritional deficiencies and stress.
Some of the herbs that may improve sleeping problems include: Panax notoginseng, Valerian, Mexican Valarian, Chamomile, Zizyphus, Kava, Lavender, Hops.
Nutrients such as magnesium, calcium and iron are important for good sleep. A deficiency in these minerals can lead to insomnia. Natural medicine can assist you in identifying the underlying causes of poor sleeping patterns and work with you to overcome these.
TIPS FOR A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEP
* Get regular exercise ( avoid exercising two hours before bed )
* Eliminate stimulants such as caffeine and sugar ( even reducing them during the day may help )
* Try to go to bed around the same time each night
* Create a dark sleeping environment
* Limit alcohol consumption
* Use the bed and bedroom only for sleep and intimacy with your partner
* If you can’t sleep, try not to focus too hard on getting to sleep as this creates stress and can perpetrate the situation.
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