Are You Waking Up Feeling Refreshed?

Staring at the ceiling at 2:30 am, unable to sleep,
is usually low on people’s list of favourite pastimes.
Affecting anyone at any age,
insomnia (difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep)
and/or waking unrefreshed can be some people’s reality.
Research shows that adults who get fewer than
seven hours of sleep (whether for just one night or
over the course of days, weeks, or months) experience
daytime consequences such as irritability, fatigue, and
poor memory. Sleep deprivation not only has detrimental
effects on your work life, relationships and wellbeing,
but increases the risk of ongoing health problems.
If you or someone you know is having trouble sleeping
- it’s important to get some support.


Herbal Solutions for Counting Sheep
Lack of sleep does not have to be a fact of life.
There are natural medicines that can help promote a restful,
nurturing night’s sleep, without leaving you feeling groggy.
Passion flower – herbal passion flower extracts are
made from the aerial parts, such as leaves and flowers.
These extracts are rich in flavonoids and have been
traditionally used in Western herbal medicine for insomnia
and nervous conditions.

Jamaica dogwood – traditionally used in South America and
the West Indies for nerve pain, anxiety and nervous tension.
This herb helps you relax, while reducing any pain that may be
disturbing your sleep.

Zizyphus – with a long history of use for insomnia in
traditional Chinese medicine; this herb is said to
“nourish the heart and calm the spirit”. Zizyphus is widely used
when insomnia is due to nervous tension or anxiety.

Lavender – helps improve both the quality and
duration of sleep, without causing unwanted sedative effects.
It is a particularly beneficial herb for those kept awake
by worrying thoughts. Speak to your Practitioner about
herbs that can help you to get a good night’s sleep.

Magnesium is valuable for countless actions in the body,
including supporting healthy nervous system function
so you are less affected by stress; or relaxing sore,
tense muscles that may be disturbing your sleep.
Magnesium levels may be low in those suffering from
insomnia, so addressing this insufficiency can help
improve sleep. Your Practitioner can recommend high quality,
highly absorbable forms of magnesium to help you
re-establish a healthy sleep cycle.

Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite
Sleep is not a luxury - it is a necessity, so reducing or
avoiding the factors that can negatively impact sleep can be
the key to getting the rest you need.
Sleep enhancing tips:
• Reduce or eliminate stimulants, i.e. caffeine and sugar;
• Go to bed at the same time each night;
• Create a dark sleeping environment;
• Invest in a comfortable mattress and bedding;
• Limit alcohol consumption;
• Practice relaxation exercises, or read a book in bed;
• Reduce screen time an hour before bed, i.e. phones,
computers or TV. In the evening, utilise an app that
inverts the screen lighting to create black backgrounds
with white text;
• Find a meditation app that helps you relax; and
• Get regular exercise.
Sweet Dreams
A restful and restorative night’s sleep prepares you for
the day ahead. Your Practitioner can help identify
the underlying causes of disturbed sleep, and offer
quality natural medicines to help you overcome your
sleepless nights.

*This article is a copy of Wellness Review (monthly news letter) by Metagenics

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