Natural tips for Insomnia

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Posted by Dr Janine Bowring

December 17, 2020

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Sleep is one of those things that come naturally to most people. It’s never an issue until we either can’t fall asleep or can’t stay asleep. Particularly at this time of year, when we’re rushing around after working a full day getting ready for the holiday season, sleep is the last thing we think about.

Natural tips for Insomnia

Sleep is one of those things that come naturally to most people. It’s never an issue until we either can’t fall asleep or can’t stay asleep. Particularly at this time of year, when we’re rushing around after working a full day getting ready for the holiday season, sleep is the last thing we think about. The truth is that most people understand how much lack of sleep can impact your health. It can hurt you in many ways, from lowering your immunity all the way through to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and other neurological conditions. It can reduce your body’s ability to regulate the hormones that control hunger, leading to weight gain. Finally, it can affect your memory and metabolism. As an estimated 58% of Canadians say they’re often tired and over 3 million of us have sleep issues, it is an ever growing problem in our society. As with many things, popping a sleeping pill isn’t always the best solution. Prescriptions for sleeping pills are on the increase, yet these don’t take the body’s natural rhythms into consideration. They can make you dependent on the pill to sleep and often cause insomnia once you stop taking them. Plus, the toxic side effects that come along with taking sleeping pills or any other pharmaceutical drug, can accumulate and lead to other health problems. Symptoms of Lack of Sleep: Fatigue, anger, nervousness, panic attacks, weight gain, hormonal imbalance, hot flashes, irregular periods Lowered immune function- frequent colds and flues, Heart disease, Diabetes, high blood sugar Aging skin (lack of sleep raises cortisol levels that breaks down collagen) Loss of memory. Natural Remedies for Insomnia: Lifestyle changes and using natural remedies for insomnia can greatly improve problems with sleep.The following natural insomnia cures can help turn sleepless nights into restful, healthy patterns of waking and sleep cycles. 1. Go to bed at the same time every night, and wake up at the same time every morning, even on weekends.This helps to establish a regular cycle of waking and sleep with your body’s own inherent circadian rhythm. 2. Sleep in a dark room. This helps the natural secretion of melatonin, the hormone associated with sleep .3. Avoid caffeine within at least 4 hours of your bedtime. Caffeine is a stimulant and can inhibit sleep. 4. Avoid watching upsetting or negative events on TV, before bed, for instance The News! 5. Make a list of the things you will accomplish tomorrow before going to bed. Often we lay awake in anticipation of the things we need to do tomorrow. 6. Look at the sunrise every morning with bare feet outside on the ground. This sets up your eyes to make the ocular melatonin, which later in the day sets your brain and all your hormones up for their proper function and your melatonin secretion at night. 7. Never take a melatonin supplement! It will mess up your entire circadian and brain health.8. Fix your leptin resistance See blog page on Leptin resistance 9. Drink plenty of high mineral content, no fluouride water. References: Sources: National Sleep Foundation, The College of Family Physicians of Canada, Canadian Health Network, study at the University of Chicago in 2004, The Canadian Obesity Network, Canadian Sleep Society, Mail October 15, 2012.

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