Sleepy Time: How To Catch All Your Zzz’s
Sunday, February 24, 2013
A chronic lack of sleep can lead to a variety of health concerns. It can raise cortisol levels which is a fight or flight hormone that engages to combat stress. If your levels of cortisol are high regularly, it can lead to belly/back fat and memory loss. The issue of sleep deprivation can also lead to irritability and depression symptoms. With the crazed pace of the modern American schedule, what can be done? A few tips can help you identify why you’re not achieving the amount of sleep that the body needs to perform efficiently.
1. Unplug. Content on electronic tools is stimulating to your brain. It stops the body from producing the sleep hormone melatonin. Unplug all your internet equipment and TV an hour before sleep time.
2. Caffeine. Monitor all the caffeine in your coffee, tea, and soda products. Realize that caffeine is in chocolate and assorted coffee flavored products. If you are experiencing sleep issues, try adjusting your caffeine totals.
3. Don’t over hydrate. If overnight potty breaks are disrupting your sleep, then make 3pm the cutoff for large quantities of liquids.
7. Alcohol .
8. Melatonin Supplements. Check with your doctor or trusted pharmacist to see if this OTC medicine might help your sleep patterns.
9. Professional Help. Sleep disorder clinics can help you test for sleep apnea (periodic stopping of breathing leading to larger health issues).
10. Aroma Therapy. Many people find the scent of lavender oil relaxing. Bath & Body Works, Good Home Sheet Co and Bath & Body Works have good products).
11. Yoga- An hour before bed do some gentle yoga stretches combined with deep breathing to relax away the strains of the day.
Sleep seems evasive for many Americans, but it is essential to implement tools and tips that can help promote a good night sleep so that your body has a chance to revitalize your working systems.