How To Ease Your Sleep Problem

Sleep Problems

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.

The Magic Bath

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We recently gave a friend who was having a tough time a bottle of the utterly amazing Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Bath & Shower Oil – only to be met with a slightly confused glance as the person declared: ‘Gosh, well, I can’t remember the last time I had a bath…’ Resisting the urge to wrest this sensational aromatherapeutic treat from their hands, we took a deep breath, smiled and said: ‘Well, maybe this is time to rediscover the pleasures of bathing…’

Yes, showering does the job – and it’s certainly possible to apply that brilliant product before jumping under a raging torrent, and enjoy the spirit-soothing powers of its oils of clary sage, frankincense and cardamom. But truly, soaking in scented waters and feeling every atom of stress melt away is one of the things that keeps us sane. Or whatever passes for sane, in this crazy, speeded-up, how-did-it-get-to-be-June-already? world. Read More…

Face to Face with Sarah Vine

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Sarah Vine is the beauty editor, columnist and feature writer for The Times and has recently launched her own health and beauty website, www.getthegloss.com.

 

What are your views on the ever-changing media landscape?

It’s about being flexible and open to new technologies and the possibilities they provide. From a professional point of view, the internet allows writers to reach a much wider and culturally broad audience; it also allows for unprecedented contact with the reader.

Some find this daunting; I find it hugely stimulating. Culturally, I think the internet gives women a greater chance of shaping the world around them, of having real influence via social networking sites. Today’s generation of mothers and daughters can finally join the national conversation, for so long dictated by the male establishment.

Your weekly beauty columns are laced with humour, what is your take on beauty?

That it’s natural to want to look your best, but that you should never become a slave to the mirror. It was Helena Rubinstein who said “There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.” I think she must have been a bit nuts.

Beauty editors are literally bombarded with products, so what does it take for a product to appear in your column?

It has to work. I try everything I write about, and if it doesn’t work it doesn’t get in. Or I’m rude about it. Read More…

Does He Have Sleep Apnoea?

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My husband has always snored a lot, but recently he seems to stop breathing a few times every night. He’s always quite tired too – as am I! Could this be sleep apnoea?

At least half of all middle-aged men snore (women snore too but commonly start later, after menopause). The snorting, rattling sounds happen because soft tissue at the back of the mouth, nose or throat, which is slacker when we sleep, vibrates as the sleeper breathes. This is caused by a partial blockage that may be anywhere from the tip of the nose to the vocal cords.

There are three grades of severity for snoring. In grade one, a person snores infrequently and not very loudly; breathing is not affected. In grade two, the person snores more than three nights a week, and may have mild breathing difficulties. In grade three, a person snores every night so loudly it can be similar to the roar of a motorbike, according to sleep expert Marianne Davey of the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association (britishsnoring.co.uk). The snoring is often interrupted by pauses, gasps and choking. Read More…

How To Deal With Unwanted Hair

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Q I have a problem with excess hair on my face and some on my body. I think it’s related to polycystic ovary syndrome. Can you help?

A Millions of women suffer polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which affect how the ovaries work. The exact cause is unknown but PCOS often runs in families. Overweight women are more at risk and many PCOS sufferers have a family history of diabetes and high cholesterol. There are ways to help excess facial and body hair (hirsutism) but treating the underlying cause is not a quick fix. Read More…