Tuesday, October 13, 2009

ASleepEasy.com Welcomes You with Sleep Remedies

I am Kat and I want to welcome you to A Sleep Easy…we know at A Sleep Easy you may not be getting enough sleep at night. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that an adult, 18 years and older, should be getting seven to nine hours of sleep at night. While on the average, a person only gets six hours and 40 minutes. Why? Mostly a lack of sleep is due to working schedules and stress in your normal everyday lives. Before you dash off to your local drug store and buy an over-the-counter medication, try a natural sleep remedy instead. Many over-the-counter medications have side effects and the possible risk of becoming addictive. Natural sleeping remedies help you relax, fall asleep faster and stay asleep throughout the night.

Magnesium and calcium when taken together act as added sleeping remedy, plus magnesium helps with heart problems that might rise when taking calcium alone. Wild lettuce, a herbal remedy for sleep, calms your nerves and reduces stress along with soothing joint or muscle pain and relieving headaches. Hops, an ingredient in beer, has been used for centuries as a home sleep remedy for those that suffer with insomnia.

Spritz lavender on your pillow or buy a lavender-filled pillow as a homeopathic sleep remedy. Melatonin a supplement that is produced naturally in your pineal gland controls your sleep cycle. Yoga stretches or meditation prior to bedtime will relax you and get you in the mood to sleep. Remember not to over exert yourself as too much exercise will increase your heart rate and cause you to become over heated. This in turn will affect your ability to relax. Concentrate on your breathing which will lower your heart rate instead.

L-theanine an amino acid that is in green tea will improve your REM cycles during sleep causing you to sleep deeper during the night. If you are worried that drinking prior to bedtime will make you wake up during the night to go to the bathroom, try the supplement Suntheanine which is pure L-theanine.

Valerian a common sleep aide supplement which improves your deep sleep helps you fall asleep faster and generally enhances the overall quality of your sleep. Valerian has valium like properties without the prescriptions addictive risks.

Chamomile a herbal sleep remedy that has been used for anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Chamomile is taken in a tea or as a tincture depending on where the herb was grown. Kava Kava relieves stress and anxiety, but be careful there have been reports of liver failure due to liver toxicity associated with Kava Kava use.

Tryptophan is a precursor in the synthesis of serotonin in the brain. That means it's a biochemical substance that is necessary for the formation of the more stable serotonin. Serotonin plays a role in sleep induction. Tryptophan is in milk and warm milk helps people feel drowsy. It is best when taken naturally through food than a natural supplement. Some people that took the supplement developed a disease known as scleroderma. Scleroderma causes skin tightening, pain in the joints and muscles and overall weakness. These people also developed depression and learning difficulties. Some deaths were associated with the result of taking Tryptophan. You can easily include Tryptophan in your diet by eating turkey, cheese, nuts, beans, eggs, milk or by eating foods rich in carbohydrates.

5-HTP is a by-product of the amino acid tryptophan. It is used to increase serotonin in the body. 5-HTP is also the precursor of melatonin, which regulates sleep cycles. 5-HTP eases symptoms of depression, anxiety and used as a sleep disorder remedy by many doctors. A few studies have reported that 5-HTP is also useful in controlling pain and one’s appetite. An added bonus.

Catnip might invigorate your cat, but with people it calms them and works as a sedative similar to the supplement valerian. Although catnip isn’t as strong as valerian when combined with other sleeping remedies it’s an added sleep aid enhancement. Passionflower extract also acts as a sedative and is used for insomnia and tummy aches.

Like any sleep aide product, sleep disorder remedies can have side effects and risks. Natural sleep remedies do not require FDA approval as do over-the-counter medications or prescription drugs. It is wise to contact your physician before taking any natural sleep aide supplements. There may be an interaction with other medications, not advisable if you are pregnant or nursing and you need to know the appropriate dosage. Getting more or less of the supplement could be dangerous, especially when treating children or the elderly with a natural remedy for sleep.

If you have any questions, please email me at katmando5139@yahoo.com. Please leave a comment if you know of any other sleep remedies. Thanks, I am the Kat’s Pajamas wishing all a good night’s sleep. The content provided in A Sleep Easy Welcomes You with Sleep Remedies is for information purposes only, intended to raise the awareness of different solutions for your sleep problems and should not be considered medical advice. For medical diagnosis and treatment, please see your qualified health-care professional.
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