Ways to Fight Insomnia.
by Bruce Brightman - founder, LifeSource Vitamins
Sleep problems plague countless people every night.
Perhaps the night starts off promising, with a subtle drifting off to sleep
only to be awakened at 2am for no apparent reason. Unless you have an idea for
the perfect great American novel at that time of night, it is extremely
frustrating to be unproductively awake, with no hope of sleep in sight. This
miserable sleep cycle is a part of many people's lives. But there are proactive
steps one can take to ensure a restful (and uninterrupted) night's sleep. And they
don't include counting sheep.
Get Moving: Make friends with the gym
Stress can rear its ugly head any time of the day or night. It is a fact that
most of us live very busy lives and are forced to multitask week in and week
out. Sometimes it's hard to shake off the expectations and stress of the
preceding day, which in turn makes it difficult to get to sleep and/or stay
asleep throughout the night. In stressful times, exercise is one of your best
friends. Not only is it good for your heart and blood pressure health, but it
helps to manage your weight. So grab your tennis shoes and hit the gym, (or
pool, or nearest yoga class.) Another benefit to exercise is that it's also
very relaxing; the lasting effects can often lull you into a pleasant, restful
Skip the sauce (and the pills): The downside
of certain substances
If you're having trouble getting to sleep and/or staying
asleep all night, it's probably a good idea to cut back on alcohol consumption.
Although alcohol can technically induce a sleepy state, alcohol has been shown
to affect REM sleep, decreasing it oftentimes in the first part of the night
which may lead to multiple awakenings and shallow sleep patterns. It is also
wise to drink fewer caffeinated drinks too, try to limit any caffeine intake
after 2 pm.
Lastly some people turn to narcotic sleep aids to deal
with their insomnia. This is not recommended because of the potential of
addiction. Frequently these drugs will stay in the body hours afterwards,
behaving like a "hang-over" effect and can even make people feel
groggy and unsteady most of the next day.
Take some support: A restful night's sleep
There are many factors that can affect how well we sleep.
Age (natural melatonin becomes depleted in older people), stress, lifestyle
choices (i.e. being overweight) can all contribute to sleep problems. Luckily
there are several supplements that can make the difference between sleeping
soundly through the night or tossing and turning, wondering when the sun will
come up. Melatonin is a natural hormone that is produced in the brain by the
pineal gland. It helps to regulate circadian rhythm (the body's biological
clock) and is responsible for restful, productive sleep patterns.
Calcium has been shown to have a positive effect on sleep
pattern. Taking adequate calcium throughout life reduces the risk of some bone
diseases like osteoporosis, and calcium is also believed to help regulate blood
pressure levels which in turn can contribute to a restful, more relaxed night's
sleep. Also calcium has been found to help the brain use tryptophan to
manufacture melatonin, which is another natural sleep aid.
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