Natural Help for Sleep
Insufficient sleep is, without a doubt, one of the greatest health inhibitors facing Americans today. Research shows that adults need approximately 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night for optimal health, but the CDC reports that as many as 30 percent of us are getting fewer than 6 hours of sleep each night on average. Furthermore, an estimated 50-70 million adults in this country suffer from sleep or wakefulness disorder. So what can be done to quell this epidemic of nighttime restlessness? Prescription sleep aids can be dangerous, and are known for producing a wealth of nasty side effects like extreme drowsiness the next day, forgetfulness, and confusion, but fortunately there are some great natural sleeping aids and techniques that allow you to sleep better without the need for harmful chemicals.
Tips for Better Sleep
Whether you suffer from occasional sleeplessness or have endured years of persistent insomnia, there are a few basic techniques that may allow you to see immediate improvement. Though there are a number of serious clinical issues — such as sleep apnea — that can inhibit sleep, the majority of sleep-related issues can be resolved with simple lifestyle changes, and so that is always the best place to start. Consider incorporating the following tips into your daily routine. Even if they don’t fully solve the problem on their own, they may help you to achieve tremendous relief when supplemented with natural sleeping aids.
- Meditation. Stress is a leading cause of poor sleep, but is also one of the easiest causes to manage. You just have to understand the physical and physiological effects of stress, and learn how to manage them. Stress triggers a “fight or flight” response in the body, raising blood pressure and pulse rate, and making the prospect of restful sleep nearly impossible. The hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine are released into the body, leaving you wide awake despite your most diligent effort to achieve rest. Meditation triggers a state of deep relaxation, reversing these biological processes, reducing blood pressure and pulse rate, and enabling you to achieve the optimal physical and cognitive state for sleep. Try meditating for 15 to 20 minutes before going to bed each night. There is no trick to it. Just find a comfortable seated position, close your eyes, shut out all distractions, and focus on your steady, slow breathing. If you need help, there are numerous guided meditations you can download online as audio files.
- A consistent sleep pattern. We are all guilty of this on some level. Five nights a week we’re in bed by 10:00 and awake by 6. Then the weekend rolls around and suddenly it’s off to bed at midnight, and awake at 9:30 the next morning. These fluctuations in your sleep cycle will wreak havoc on your circadian rhythms and make it nearly impossible for you to establish or maintain normal sleep. As difficult as it may sound, try to maintain a consistent sleep cycle: go to bed at the same time each night, and wake up at the same time each morning. That alone can make a monumental difference.
- Cut out the caffeine. Okay, I know this one will be difficult for a lot of people, and maybe you’re not ready to quit cold turkey. It is important to remember, however, that caffeine is a drug and a stimulant, and if you’re struggling to sleep at night, this oft-overlooked indulgence may be the very thing holding you back. If you just can’t give up your morning coffee, that’s understandable, but try to cut out the caffeine by 2 or 3:00 in the afternoon, to avoid any residual effects in the evening hours. If you’re using homeopathic remedies to achieve better sleep, you will need to eliminate caffeine altogether, as the drug neutralizes homeopathic medicine.
Natural Sleep Aids for Better Rest
Maybe you’re rolling your eyes right now. You’ve struggled with sleep for years, and you’ve already tried all of the above techniques to the point of exhaustion (if only that exhaustion led to sleep!). That’s okay. Everyone’s brain chemistry is different, and some people require more than just meditation and a steady sleep cycle to achieve restful slumber. If you’re doing everything right, and you have ruled out any physical causes like sleep apnea, the problem is likely related to an imbalance of neurotransmitters. These natural brain chemicals (like serotonin, dopamine, GABA, and norepinephrine) transmit signals throughout the body, and if they aren’t properly balanced, they can result in a host of problems, including depression, poor concentration, reduced libido, and of course, lack of sleep.
Fortunately, there are a variety of natural sleeping aids that can restore balance to these important chemicals, thereby restoring your ability to sleep soundly. One such product is NeuroBalance Pro, a highly effective homeopathic remedy designed specifically to target the neurotransmitters that need it most. NeuroBalance Pro is FDA registered, and effective for improving sleep and relieving a host of other symptoms ranging from depression to ADHD. If you’re struggling to achieve the sleep you need, give it a try and experience the difference.
There are, of course, other natural sleeping aids that have demonstrated tremendous effectiveness as well. One example is Vegetarian L-Tryptophan. This essential amino acid works by converting to melatonin in the body, and if you know anything about melatonin, you know that it works wonders for improving sleep. Vegetarian L-Tryptophan also helps to promote a positive mood and control appetite, so you can enjoy a myriad of important benefits.
Get the Sleep You Deserve
If you have additional questions about sleep or overall wellness, you can contact Dr. Dale’s Wellness Center today at 800.219.1261, or contact us on our website. Don’t allow yourself to suffer with sleepless nights any longer. The stakes are much too high, and you have an array of options at your fingertips.