I cannot stress enough how important sleep is for your health. I have many clients who come to my clinics with a variety of different ailments, and so many times when you dig deep and look into the root cause of what’s going on…the answer is not enough sleep!
Without the correct amount of sleep, your hormones cannot regulate, your immune system becomes weak, and your brain cannot think clearly. It increases your risk of certain types of cancers, and your chances of developing coronary heart disease and/or having a stroke are increased.
You libido can suffer, your fertility decreases, you can gain weight easier, your risk of diabetes increases; you can become more accident-prone and you age quicker. There is nothing positive about not sleeping properly.
A good night’s sleep can improve your learning, memory, decision-making and even your creativity. It can even help you to live longer, fuller and happier. If you want to improve your performance levels in all areas, whether you are an athlete, a university student, own your own business, a charity worker or a stay at home parent, there is one simple way to improve this… by getting enough sleep.
If you sleep well, it can help you can stay clear of depression, lower your stress levels and maintain a healthy weight. However, despite all these benefits, sleep quality and quantity are at an all-time low, and people are increasingly suffering from poor sleep.
Sleep-deprived people have a much harder time getting on top of their emotional responses… and are much more prone to arguments, road rage, anger and irritability.
Before you sleep:
1. Switch off electronic devises.
2. Dim the lights
3. Read for 20-30 mins.
4. Listen to calming music.
5. Write down your worries, and then try to switch off from them.
6. Have a relaxing tea and avoid caffeine.
Keep in mind that good sleep often starts with good sleep practices and habits. However, for some, that’s not enough. You could try the following remedies to see if they help:
1. Passion Flower – It also known as Passiflora incarnata or maypop, is a popular herbal remedy for insomnia. Many studies suggest it might help relieve insomnia and anxiety. It appears to boost the level of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in your brain. This compound lowers brain activity, which may help you relax and sleep better. It’s also amazing for anxiety and depression, especially if depression is related to the menopause. In this case, Passion Flower could be the most effective herb for you. It is also used for nervous relentlessness, as a gentle sedative for sleep difficulties, and to reduce anxiety, neurasthenia, and nervous disorders.
2. Lime flower – A traditional remedy for nightmares and bad dreams. If you wake in the night from anxious or disturbing dreams, then this beautiful herb is the one for you. Its calming effect on the nervous system also makes it effective in treating a nervous digestion. It’s also a perfect gentle remedy for children.
3. Ashwagandha – A traditional Ayurvedic remedy shown to improve sleep quality. It tackles core energy levels, enabling the body to adapt and respond to stress in a more efficient way.
4. Oatflower – Oats are a natural source of tryptophan, and this helps regulate our body’s natural circadian rhythm, and melatonin is synthesised from tryptophan. It is melatonin that influences you to feel sleepy, and its release can be inhibited even by the presence from artificial lights.
Getting your sleep right could be the most important thing you do to gain better health, mental and emotional stability and keep you looking young!
If you suffer from sleep disorders and want more specific help, please don’t hesitate to contact me for a chat or to book your consultation. Chichester and Harley Street (London) clinics available, or home visits are possible.