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Thursday, 13 August 2015
Most of us wish we could get more sleep. Whether your busy lifestyle is getting in the way or you struggle with insomnia, sleep deprivation is all too common these days. We all know that a good night’s sleep makes you feel good, but very few of us are aware of all the wonderful health benefits sleep actually provides. These are all the reasons why we need to make more time for sleep, and a few ideas on how to sleep better.
New research supports a good night’s sleep for better weight control. Healthy sleep patterns balance the hormones responsible for food cravings, overeating and fat metabolism.Even losing just one hour of sleep will reduce melatonin (which speeds up metabolism), stimulate cortisol production (which slows down metabolism), decrease leptin (which helps you feel full) and increases ghrelin (which makes you feel hungry).
Sleep helps to keep your immune system strong, regulating immune cell functions and antibodies that help the body fight off bacteria and viruses. Sleep deprivation can weaken your immune system, making you more likely to catch an infection such as the common cold or flu. Top Tip: One of the best ways to recover from a cold or the flu is to listen to your body and rest up. Don’t try to soldier on.
It’s called beauty sleep for a reason. Lack of sleep (over time) contributes to dark circles, bags under the eyes and can even make your skin look dull. Your body needs plenty of sleep to allow it to repair and replenish all of your cells, particularly your skin cells.
Inflammation is often the cause of pain, and sleep deprivation increases inflammation. Research shows that people who get less than six hours of sleep a night have higher levels of inflammatory proteins in their blood.
Simple alterations to your lifestyle can make a world of difference when it comes to getting more sleep. Eating regularly, exercising often and using stress management techniques, such as deep breathing are all things you can do to combat sleep deprivation. Insomnia or a general lack of sleep can come down to diet a lot of the time. Avoiding alcohol, caffeinated drinks or foods, and refined carbohydrates and sugar can help with the lows and peaks of fluctuating blood sugar levels and the additional strain on the adrenal glands. On the flip side, increasing your intake of whole grains, green leafy vegetables, fresh fruit, nuts, seeds and good quality protein will give your body all the nutrients it needs to function optimally. For some people, having a light snack before bed time is great if you suffer from low blood sugar levels during the night. Some sleep disorders may require more than a lifestyle change. Magnesium is a supplement often recommended because it relaxes the nervous system and is required to convert tryptophan into serotonin (the sleep-inducing neurotransmitter).
There are also a lot of natural sleep remedies available. Nature provides herbs that help relax the body and reduce the time it takes to fall asleep. These include Valerian, Passion flower, Chamomile, Panax notoginseng, Zizyphus and California Poppy.
Good Health’s Deep Sleep Night Cap combines calming herbs with malt, butterscotch and vanilla in a gentle (and delicious) drink to help relax the mind and body. Good Health’s Deep Sleep contains a plant derived extract of 5HTP, improving the quality of sleep by increasing REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep and deep sleep. 5HTP also increases the body’s production of serotonin which is vital for inducing sleep. Good Health’s Fast Asleep assists stress management and supports healthy sleep patterns including falling asleep, staying asleep and quality sleep. B Stress Free also helps to support the body’s response to stress.It’s easy to move sleep down the ladder of priorities when we’re busy, but you’re no good to anyone when you’re sleep deprived. Look after yourself and make time for a bedtime routine that works for you as well as a good night’s sleep. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel with a little extra shut-eye.
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