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Sleeplessness

Many people think of sleeplessness as just an annoyance but the truth is lack of sleep can be hazardous to your health.  Some studies have shown that lack of sleep can increase your risk of heart disease by as much as 48% and your risk of stroke by 15%.  In addition insomnia can cause interference with daily activities such as memory, performing calculations and reaction times.

Not getting enough sleep can result in more wrinkles.  At night your skin temperature rises which dilates blood vessels.  This delivers more oxygen to the skin and also stimulates the things necessary to promote collagen formation.  The result – possibly fewer wrinkles.  Not getting enough sleep may also result in weight gain.  When you sleep your body lowers the “eat-more’ (ghrelin) hormone and increases the “stop-eating” (leptin) hormone.

The reasons for loss of sleep are many; including stress, menopause, poor sleep habits and poor sleep surroundings.  Things that you can do to help you get to sleep and stay asleep (good sleep hygiene) include:

  • Go to bed at the same time each night.
  • Keep the area you sleep in cool and dark (darkness helps to produce the sleep hormone Melatonin).
  • If you are hungry have a small snack like a small bowl of healthy cereal or ½ half of a turkey sandwich.
  • Replace your mattress.
  • Take a warm bath or listen to music.

Aim for 7 – 8 hours of sleep each night.  You know you are getting enough when you can function in an alert state during desired waking hours.

If you find that these lifestyle changes are not working for you it might be time to consult a clinician to rule out medical problems, such as; thyroid abnormalities, allergies, anemia, restless leg syndrome, depression or sleep apnea.

Supplements to consider

  •  Insomnitol – a formulary blend of botanicals, nutrients, neurotransmitters, and neurotransmitter precursors designed to support quality sleep and the promotion of calming brain activity
  •  Melatonin CR – a vegetarian, biphasic tablet consisting of 5 mg of melatonin and 10 mg of Vitamin B6 designed to release quickly and then steadily for extended support
  • GABA / L- Theanine Cream – apply to temples 30 minutes before bedtime this cream combines two substances and ingredients that have been widely used for the treatment of anxiety, depression, insomnia and many other nervous system issues. The transdermal delivery system allows the nutrients to enter the bloodstream directly bypassing the liver.
  • MagneSul – assists with muscle relaxation and restless leg syndrome (applied directly to the legs)
  • Sedalin – to help slow down a “Rolodex mind”.  The ingredients relax tense muscles and calm an overactive central nervous system by normalizing nighttime stress hormone levels.
  • Relax Max – can be used as needed throughout the day for calming.

Lifestyle Modifications: Exercise, Diet, Stress Management

Symptom Assessments:  Stress Inventory, Adrenal Fatigue Assessment, Low Thyroid Function.

28 Day Detoxification Plan – this is not a bowel cleanse but a “metabolic” cleanse to help your body’s systems re-align and start working the way they were intended.  You’ll feel the difference!

 

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