It’s rare for a week to go by without sleep, or our lack of, hitting the headlines. In 2019 so far, fresh research has already revealed that getting the right amount of sleep can reduce the intensity that we feel pain the following day and reduce your risk of developing heart disease. But, studies have also suggested that not getting enough could leave you more open to infections and more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Experts recommend anywhere between six to eight hours of sleep a night. We don’t need to tell you that most of us aren’t hitting these figures on a regular basis. Stress levels and excessive screen time are usually pinpointed as the main sleep-stealing culprits, but with few of us having the luxury of radically changing our lifestyles right now, how can we improve our sleeping habits?
With national Sleep day taking place on Friday 15th March, here are the natural remedies to help promote a healthy sleeping pattern…
Calm a whirling mind
It’s well-documented that when we’re stressed out we tend to struggle to switch off and fall asleep easily. Neubria’s Drift for Rest contains the Bliss Botanical Complex, a blend of natural herbs to help you relax mentally and physically. While the instructions recommend you take two capsules an hour before you go to bed, we recommend you try to take them at the same time every night to ease your body into a regular sleeping pattern.
Incorporating magnesium-rich formulas, such as bathing in Better You’s Magnesium Oil Original Flakes or spritzing the brand’s Magnesium Oil Original Spray onto the soles of your feet in the evening will also help your body relax.
Prevent the 3am wake-up call
For some, it’s not the getting to sleep that’s tricky, but the staying asleep. If you can drift off easily enough but wake up at 3am religiously, you might find taking Sleep Tight by World Organic helps to keep you asleep for longer. While tart cherries boost your body’s levels of melatonin (the sleep hormone) and hops promote a sedative state, this supplement also contains natural relaxers including magnesium and theanine. Those who regularly travel long-haul and battle with jet lag might also find this helpful when you’re trying to get back into a normal sleeping pattern.
Why do you wake at 3am? “Whilst the body is in sleep mode, there are many regenerative processes occurring. Waking up at 3am is associated with the stressors during the day using up glycogen which leaves insufficient glycogen for the liver to convert into sugar for these regenerative processes,” explains Shabir. “In the absence of sugar for energy for these regenerative processes, the body produces adrenaline to compensate but unfortunately this keeps us awake.”
Keep De Mamiel’s Anchor by the side of your bed too, as the blend of natural oils and magnesium help to ease you back to sleep. A pea-size amount massaged into your pulse points and three deep breaths should suffice.
New parents SOS
If you’ve got a newborn baby you’ll already be aware of the sleep deprivation that comes with having kids. What you might not know is that research predicts that this broken sleeping pattern could last for six year. Researchers at the University of Warwick found that sleep duration and satisfaction is decreased up to six years after giving birth for both parents.
So, how can you make the most of those precious hours of shut-eye and improve your sleep quality? One word: Benenox. The supplement is uniquely designed to help support sleep by ensuring a constant supply of glycogen to the brain overnight, so you wake up feeling refreshed rather than tired and groggy. All you need to do is take 15ml before you go to bed.