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Why Can’t I Sleep?
Canadians are increasingly tired and find it easy to fall asleep when we shouldn’t – at our desks, on the train, during lectures… but when it comes to climbing into bed where all our troubles should dissolve in a delicious wave of sleep, we’ve never been more awake!
Sleeping problems come in many different forms:
• Finding it difficult to drop off to sleep.
• Waking up in the night and finding it hard to go back to sleep.
• Waking up in the early morning and finding it impossible to go back to sleep until just before the alarm goes off!
• Waking up in the morning feeling as if you’ve been submerged in glue – sleep has been fitful or unrestful and it’s really hard to get up
So how much sleep is enough and why do we need it so much?
There is no such thing as the average person, but anything from four and a half to ten and a half hours sleep will be needed, with most people clocking in around seven to eight hours.
Our bodies use our sleeping hours to recover from the exertions of the day, doing necessary repairs and restoring stocks of vital ingredients. A bit like having a bunch of housekeepers come in at night to clean a building up, restock its cupboards and empty the rubbish.
The mind also uses the time to filter everything that has happened that day. That’s why you can sometimes wake up with the solution to a problem that seemed insoluble the day before – your mind has processed it in the night and found the answer. Sleeping on it is a great technique, but obviously you actually need to sleep – staring at the ceiling all night doesn’t have the same effect…
Some causes of sleeping problems…
Check for the following factors, which should be dealt with to improve sleep.
• Caffeine intake. Yes, everyone knows that caffeine prevents good sleep, but did you know that even a couple of cups of tea, taken early in the day, could be affecting your sleep? People who are under stress or generally nervy can’t afford even a touch of caffeine. Ruthlessly cut out coffee, tea, fizzy drinks and chocolate (oh no!!), and see how much better you feel. Replace caffeine-filled drinks with chamomile, lemon balm, lemongrass or lemon verbena teas.
• Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. Now this can be tricky because many stressed people rely on these stimulants to keep going and then to unwind. They will, however, seriously detract from the quality of your sleep. Lots of help is now available to get you off them, so speak to your doctor or pharmacist, and book an appointment with an acupuncturist, reflexologist or aromatherapist.
• Avoid eating large meals late at night and reduce salt and sugar intake.
• Make sure you are getting some physical exercise daily, even if it’s just 10 minutes brisk walking. It’s no good if your brain is tired and your body is raring to go.
• Medication can affect sleep – talk to your doctor about the side effects of any medication you are on.
• Stimulation in the bedroom – sex is fine, but other forms of stimulation, such as television, paperwork, or snoring partners, should be mercilessly banned.
Good sleep ally
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A.Vogel® Deep Sleep:
• Clinically proven to improve sound sleep up to 25%.
• It helps to decrease sleep onset time and improves quality of sleep.
• Effective sleep aid for adults.
• Non-addictive product.
• Fast-acting tincture, absorbed as soon as you take it.
• Sugar-, gluten- and lactose-free.