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Friday, April 25, 2014

Help with Insomnia


Do you suffer from insomnia?

We have all been there. We’re exhausted, we go to bed hoping for a good night’s sleep only to watch the clock…all…night…long. Ugh! Why won’t our brains stop thinking so much and just let us rest?!

I hate the times when my brain has me mulling over every mistake I’ve made, every stupid thing I’ve said or done, when all I want to do is sleep!

Those are the occasional insomnia nights, but what if it becomes chronic? What if every night is like that? What is a safe way to get to sleep without turning to drugs?

One quick way to cure insomnia is exercise. If you think you are too tired during the day to exercise, still give it a try. Just a little exercise can do you a world of good and it will give you the energy boost you need to tackle your day.

I’m not saying you have to train like you are entering a triathlon. Easy exercise like walking, light aerobics and lifting light weights can be enough. Just do something, anything, to get moving.
As we all know, exercise helps us build strength and stamina as well as lose weight.

But did you know it also helps us sleep better? It really does.

Just make sure you don’t exercise too late at night or the energy boost it gives you may cause you to stay up later, defeating the purpose of getting more rest.

Get up earlier and do your exercise. I know it seems hard at first, but try it for a week and stick with it. You’ll be surprised at how much more energy you have and how much easier it is to fall asleep.

Another thing to consider is what are you eating and drinking during the day? We all know how caffeine can keep us awake, but many other foods can, too. Too much sugar is a huge contributor to insomnia. Sugar is not just in cakes and candies, but also in processed box and canned foods, which are loaded with sugar and salt. These convenience foods are big culprits in causing insomnia.

It always goes back to more fruits and vegetables, less red meat, less fat and sodium. Isn’t it funny how so many health related problems are caused by poor nutrition and how the answer is always the same?

Not enough vitamins and minerals is another problem. It is impossible to get everything your body needs from diet alone. Supplements are necessary to fill in the gaps.

When our bodies don’t have enough of the right nutrients to build healthy cells and maintain our systems properly, then the body is working harder than it should just to keep going. Without enough of the right nutrients to do its job effectively, something has to give and often the inability to get a good night’s sleep is a first sign.

A good multi-vitamin/multi-mineral with enough of wholesome nutrients is crucial to building the foundation to good health.

Calcium with magnesium is wonderful in helping the muscles relax.

And for the occasional times when our brains won’t shut down and let us sleep, we have an awesome product that is non-habit forming and works quickly - Shaklee’s Gentle Sleep Complex. This unique Shaklee combination features passion flower, German chamomile, and valerian. Valerian has been used for over a thousand years to help maintain a calm state, promote relaxation, and foster restful sleep.*

I love how this product just helps me fall asleep and stay asleep without feeling groggy the next day.

So exercise, eating right and supplementing a good diet are all natural and healthy ways you can fix your insomnia, whether it is just the occasional night of thinking too much or if your insomnia becomes more chronic.

You do have alternatives to the drugs that can make you sicker and more and more dependent on them for a good night’s sleep.

Well that and a good conscience, but that’s a whole other talk show. :)

To your good health,
Julie

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