There are many different kinds of natural sleep remedies. But before you take natural sleep aids it’s a good idea to know exactly WHY you aren’t sleeping well.
You can use natural sleep remedies while eliminating the typical causes of insomnia.
When your blood sugar is either too high or too low, this can activate the release of ‘stress’ hormones in your body that pull you out of sleep and keep you awake. Getting blood sugar balanced is the key to preventing the release of stress hormones.
The adrenal glands do a lot in the body; one thing they do is control the release of stress hormones such as cortisol. Elevated cortisol will definitely interfere with your sleep, and there are many reasons for high cortisol and adrenal dysfunction.
I’m referring to sex hormones here; more specifically pre- and post-menopausal women have notorious sleep issues, all because of hormone imbalance. Addressing them cannot only get you sleeping again, but will make you feel much healthier overall.
Are a common cause of sleep problems. Getting your thyroid tested (more extensively than regular blood work) can point to some underlying issues that can in turn affect sleep.
Everyone knows that alcohol is relaxing, and causes drowsiness. At the same time, it also prevents the brain from going into the deeper stages of sleep. Drinking alcohol to help with sleep is counterproductive.
Obviously caffeine is a stimulant. But did you know that the half life (the time in which it takes your body to get rid of half the caffeine you ingest) is 12 hours? That means the caffeine you’ve had in the morning is still in your body at bedtime. If you’re having problems sleeping, cutting caffeine out needs to happen. And while this may be counterproductive for you (because you need more caffeine due to the lack of sleep), it becomes an endless cycle. This is where using natural sleep remedies can help.
There is a very long list of medications that mess with your sleep. If you can’t sleep and you’re taking an over the counter med, check the labels for how it may affect your sleep.
Stress, whether you think it is affecting you are not, will definitely interfere with your sleep. Stress raises cortisol, cortisol imbalances blood sugar, and both (cortisol and blood sugar imbalances) will interfere with sleep.
Obviously anxiety causes sleep problems. The key here is treating the anxiety, so that you don’t get the same elevations in stress hormones that are keeping you awake.
Sleep hygiene refers to poor habits around bedtime, such as watching TV, eating too late, bedroom clutter, lights from alarm clocks, etc. Addressing sleep hygiene is a first step in making a person’s sleep experience more comfortable.
Using one of our natural sleep remedies while exploring any of the above causes can help you get quality sleep, sooner. Natural sleep aids are non-addicting and don’t have any of the side effects nor do they lead to withdrawl symptoms when you stop using them. Natural remedies for insomnia can help you break the cycle of insomnia!
If you’re not sleeping, it’s not good for you. Not only do you not feel well, but insomnia can set off several chronic health changes in your body, such as high blood pressure and weight gain, not to mention lack of sleep has similar affects on your brain that alcohol impairment does!
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