If you did not have a good sleep last night, join the queue. A national sleep study estimates that 80% of Australians are experiencing some issues with sleeping and insomnia which is negatively impacting their waking life (Pfizer Australia Health Report).
In fact, lack of sleep is becoming a serious problem for many as we work longer hours with increasing pressure in our lives. One of the most important building blocks of vitality resides in the healing power of sleep, an amazing life-sustaining system where natural therapies can make immediate and dramatic changes to your wellbeing.
Sleep Achieves The Deepest Levels Of Metabolic Calm
It allows your body to realign everything from basic chemistry through to your thoughts and emotions.
It rejuvenates your body chemistry for renewed energy, recharges your immune system and heals your body and helps process, sort and store everything you’ve learnt, felt or experienced during the day. There are a multitude of health issues that are brought about or potentiated by a lack of good-quality sleep.
Insomnia And Poor Sleep Impacts Our Whole Health And Wellbeing
While we count the ZZZ’s our immune system regenerates as do our hormones and endocrine system. Sleep also helps us to regulate and maintain our weight, and deep sleep regulates our growth hormone, a potent fat-burner which helps build new, strong, healthy skin and muscle tissue. So continued poor sleep leads to early ageing, memory loss, impaired brain function, low libido and weight gain.
Sleep also stimulates growth, proper brain development, memory and alertness and is therefore very important for children.
One-third of the population snores and it is estimated more than 50% of us suffer insomnia at some time in our lives. It’s a bit like your credit card – every hour of sleep you miss is added to your card. This is “sleep debt” and unfortunately most of us think we can function OK on minimal sleep without serious health effects… ten years down the track, the balance on that card is starting to look scary and we haven’t even added the interest onto it yet… sound like a familiar scenario?
Are You Having Problems With..
- Getting to sleep
- Staying asleep
- Poor quality sleep – waking unrefreshed
- Getting enough sleep
- Being tired throughout the day
- Difficulty concentrating and memory loss
- Weight gain
- Less enjoyment of daytime activities
You May Need A Touch Of Our “Dream Weaver”
Besides showing our age with Gary Wright’s 1975 song, we are noticing in-store the increasing number of people suffering because they are lacking sleep.
So the Mammoth Health Naturopathic Team have again put their heads together and come up with “The Dream Weaver” – a specially designed professional and ‘practitioner-only’ liquid herbal formula designed to get you back to sleep, to stay asleep and to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to embrace the day. It’s only available at Mammoth Health so come in and talk to one of our Naturopaths.
1. Ensure you are getting enough magnesium and take a dose in the evening
2. Avoid caffeine (especially after noon)
3. Limit nicotine and alcohol
4. Practice stress reduction techniques such as yoga, meditation or deep relaxation
5. Maintain consistent bedtimes and wake-times (incl. weekends and holidays)
6. Exercise regularly, which not only helps clear stress hormones but also helps regulate circadian rhythms. Preferably exercise before dinner (exercising too close to bedtime may worsen insomnia).
7. Avoid naps, particularly in the evening.
8. Establishing the bedroom as a tranquil place for sleep and intimacy only. Avoid TV, computer and working in the bedroom.
9. Take a hot bath 1-2 hours prior to bed; this affects core temperature and may induce sleep.
10. Keep the bedroom cool, well-ventilated, quiet and dark.
11. Aim for 7-8 hours sleep every night.
12. Get your cortisol levels checked (they may be unbalanced and measuring too high at night)
“Because It’s Not A Rehearsal”
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