If you ever told your self; I cant sleep, why? Chances are you may be low on a very important molecule that your body does not produce as much as it should.
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is the inability to sleep through the night. Most of us have experienced insomnia at some point, or off and on. But, some people have chronic insomnia which can lead a host of other problems such as; heart burn, stress, inability to concentrate and mood disturbance to name a few. Studies have shown that if you don’t get enough sleep one night, your cortisol level will be elevated for twenty four hours after that. Cortisol is a stress hormone.
Before electricity people slept nine hours a night on the average, and nowadays people are getting about seven and even that number is dwindling. Studies have shown that mental function is best when people are getting at least eight hours of sleep a night. Some people may even need nine or ten. If you tend to fall asleep within minutes of hitting the pillow, or feel an urge to nap during the day chances are that you aren’t getting enough sleep.
What are the Root Causes of “I cant sleep”?
Anxiety and stress top the list of root causes. Many other factor can play a major role as well such as stimulants, chronic pain, medications, and breathing disorders. Restless leg syndrome disrupts many people’s sleep. This is a condition where the individual experiences unusual , and painful sensations in their legs which causes as irresistible urge to move the legs. This condition is triggered by rest and most often occurs in the evening.
Hormone imbalance can also be a root cause of insomnia. Menopause is often a culprit of insomnia because of the changes in estrogen and progesterone levels. Aging, stimulants, including caffeine, decongestants, thyroid medication, sugar, indigestion, pain, alcohol, and lack of exercise have also been linked to insomnia.
Natural Remedies for “I cant sleep”.
Monitor your caffeine intake, and keep your alcohol consumption to a minimum. Avoid sugary foods even fruits after lunchtime. Start exercising every day. But be careful not to exercise too late at night because this can disturb your sleep.
If you feel very stress and full of anxiety, than I will suggest taking 2 incredible natural supplements that I use daily.
- SAMe – (s-adenosylmethionine) is a naturally occurring molecule in our bodies. Even though it is made in our bodies, SAM-e levels can run low due to various factors such as diet and as we get older.
- Melatonin – Same thing with melatonin. Our bodies produce melatonin but as we get older, it produces less and less, so we need to give it what it needs.
Both of these are complete natural and NON ADDICTIVE. Your body cannot get addicted to these. If you don’t feel particularly stressed or have anxiety, you don’t need to take SAMe, so just take melatonin.
|Melatonin – Take 1-3 tablets 20 minutes before bed. For best results dissolve tablet in your mouth before swallowing.
|SAMe – Take 1 tablet in the morning and 1 tablet in the evening with food.
*Please check with your doctor before taking any supplements, and also read the warning labels on each product, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Also read the labels carefully when giving your child any natural supplement, to ensure that it is safe to give a child.