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Do you find yourself waking up in the morning and feeling you need to go back to sleep for a few more hours? Getting a good night’s sleep is important for your health and wellbeing, but so many of us don’t get what we need. The recommended amount is between 7 and 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep. If you regularly manage only 4 or 5, have you thought it might be your diet that’s keeping you awake at night? There are a number of different ways you can improve your sleep patterns, and changing your diet is one of them.
The Best Foods to Eat Before You go to Sleep
- Almonds – contain melatonin, a sleep-regulating hormone
- Turkey – contains the amino acid tryptophan which increases the production of melatonin
- Chamomile tea – contains apigenin which is an antioxidant that binds to receptors that promote sleep and reduce insomnia
- Tart cherry juice – contains high amounts of melatonin
- White rice – it has a high glycemic index that may help improve sleep quality
- Kiwi fruit – contain serotonin, a chemical that regulates your sleep cycle
- Fatty fish – contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D which increase the production of serotonin
- Walnuts – a great source of melatonin
- Passionflower tea – its calming properties may promote sleepiness
A number of other foods are thought to have sleep-promoting properties, but little research has been done as to their effectiveness. These include milk, cottage cheese, bananas and oatmeal.
Other Ways to Improve Your Sleep Patterns
Enjoying a healthy sleep pattern can have an enormous effect on your health. There are a number of things you can do to improve your sleep habits. For example, sticking to the same sleep schedule helps you to regulate your body clock. A relaxing bedtime ritual will also be very beneficial. If you’re in the habit of taking naps during the day, you might find it easier to fall asleep at bedtime if you cut these out. Sleeping on a comfortable mattress will also make a big difference. You want a mattress that is supportive. Serta Posturepedic is a very popular brand at the moment. The environment that you sleep in should be cool, preferably between 60 and 67 degrees, as well as being free from any noise and light. If there is little you can do to cut these levels, possibly because your partner is a snorer, try ear plugs, eye shades, and blackout curtains. It has also been shown that regular exercise, preferably vigorous, can have a profound effect on your sleep patterns.
There are a number of myths associated with getting a good night’s sleep. For example, many people consider it beneficial to fall asleep with the TV playing in the background. This can, in fact, be very detrimental as can blue light from electronic devices such as mobile phones.
Without a good night’s sleep, we really don’t function very well. There are people who can perform normally on just four or five hours sleep, but the majority of us need much more. Sleep problems affects millions of people on a regular basis but changing your diet can make a big difference.
There's nothing worse than sleepless nights. I hate it when I can't fall asleep. Sometimes I will lay in bed waiting for the sweet release of slumber that never arrives. In the past, I have taken prescription sleeping medication to combat my insomnia, but I became addicted to it, and that was a very difficult thing to overcome.
Thankfully, I have discovered Vicks new ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs Melatonin Gummies, and PURE Zzzs Soothing Aromatherapy Balm!
Vicks new ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs Melatonin Gummies are designed with a unique blend of Melatonin and botanicals like Lavender, Chamomile, Valerian Root, and Lemon Balm. They taste really good, and have just enough melatonin to help me to fall asleep and to wake up refreshed. They really work! I can even give them to my 11 year old son when he is having trouble getting sleepy at night.
PURE Zzzs Soothing Aromatherapy Balm helps me wind down and relax with the aromatic scent of lavender and chamomile essential oils. Plus, it’s made with aloe leaf extract and coconut oil leaving my skin moisturized. I apply this balm to my chest every night at bed time and it works really well to soothe my frequently frazzled nerves. It helps me to achieve a deep slumber. Again, I also use this on my son. I have noticed that it helps to keep him from tossing and turning all night long. (I know this because he often sleeps in our bed with us!)
It takes me so long to fall asleep every single night. If I am not wearing ear plugs, then I lay awake listening to every creak the house makes. When I do wear ear plugs, they fall out or end up giving me really sore ear canals. I also used to take sleeping medication, but that stuff is bad in more ways than one.
I decided to try out the Sleep Therapy System: SOUND+SLEEP Special Edition to the test to see if it would offer me the restful sleep I have been missing out on. (I actually own the Mini unit, which I love so that I can take it out of town when I travel. It fits perfectly into my luggage.)
Sleep Therapy System: SOUND+SLEEP offers 64 distinct sound profiles scientifically engineered to promote a deeper sleep, relaxation and renewal. Sound+Sleep SE uses naturally recorded, high quality sounds that constantly loop, eliminating all audio repetition for real-world natural sound experiences while also masking all undated noise with the new, patented Adaptive mode.
The Sound+Sleep MINI is the compact, battery-powered version of the Sound+Sleep sleep therapy machine. Just like the original, it provides you with realistic, natural sound environments and white, pink and brown noise programs so you can get a good night's rest.
Having trouble falling asleep in unfamiliar environments, or are noisy hotel rooms an issue? Getting a good night's rest is one of the best ways to overcome jet lag, and what's why we created the Sound+Sleep MINI. At just 4.5 inches wide and 6 inches long, it easily fits into your luggage. It's powered by four included AA batteries, AC wall power, or a powered USB port.
- ADJUSTS AUTOMATICALLY: Adaptive Sound listens and responds to your environment
- COMPACT: Small, sleek and stylish functional design
- DESIGNED FOR OPTIMAL SOUND QUALITY: Upward facing speakers for full room high-definition sound
- ADJUSTABLE DISPLAY LIGHTS: can be turned on or off for easy nighttime operation
- SLEEP TIMER: can be set for gentle turn off in 30, 60, or 90 minutes or left on all night
I absolutely love my Sound+Sleep therapy machine! I don't know how I ever slept without it. I use it every night and I sleep like a baby. It is so comforting to listen to these soothing sounds. Some of the Sound Stories include Ocean, Rain, Brook, Fireplace, Meadow, and Waterfalls. The MINI also includes 4 fan sounds & 12 white/pink/brown noises.
I love how I can choose from such a vast variety of soothing sounds. For instance, I can choose not just beach sounds, but I have my choice between ocean waves and lapping water, gurgling water, seagulls, seals, buoy bells, and even foghorns. I love them all!
What is really amazing about this machine is the fact that it will adjust whatever sound you are listening to, to mask any sounds that might wake me up. Does that make sense? This machine is my new best friend!
You can purchase this Sound+Sleep therapy machine on Amazon!
*product received. All opinions are my own.
Happy National Sleep Awareness Week! What’s better than a good night’s sleep? The benefits seem to be endless. Below some products and tips to help you have your best sleep ever.
Molton Brown’s Ylang-Ylang Body Wash is blended with yuan zhi extract and Madagascan ylang-ylang oil to help you re-balance after a long day and bring harmony to tired minds. Use this during your nightly wash to create a relaxed mindset getting you ready for a peaceful sleep. Find it at moltonbrown.com for $30.00.
Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Night Cream does exactly what you’d expect: makes you feel renewed! You’ll awake feeling that your face has been restored to its natural smooth and firm texture!
Getting a good night’s sleep also depends on how you treat the inside of your body. Here are some tips suggested by Sophia Ruan Gushee, author of A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures, on how to get your healthiest sleep.
1. Develop a routine: Sticking to a schedule will help you fall asleep faster.
2. Detox your bedroom: Turn WiFi and other devices off at night. If you can’t, then create as much distance as possible from WiFi routers and turn WiFi devices to airplane mode. Crack the windows open to allow toxic fumes to escape.
3. Avoid technology before bedtime: Turn off your TV or computer a few hours before sleeping as the blue light emitted from video displays can confuse your body clock and keep you awake.
Disclaimer: I received samples in exchange for this post. Any opinions are my own.
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Introducing Glysonna: All-Natural Sleep Aid w/ Added Wellness Nutrients
You’ve stopped drinking caffeine. You exercise. You cut off all electronics by 9PM and play soft, soothing music in your bedroom to try and lull yourself to sleep. But, still, you’re awake night after night, staring at the ceiling wondering why on earth you can’t get to sleep.
Relying on over-the-counter or prescription sleep aids might make the problem worse. Many of these products simply knock you out and prevent you from reaching a deep sleep and REM sleep. You wake up feeling groggy, cranky and exhausted.
You may be experiencing straight insomnia – or maybe just a temporary problem sleeping. Surprisingly, though, roughly 50% of people who suffer from insomnia also suffer from sleep apnea (largely undiagnosed).
And if you have sleep apnea, the last thing you want to do is take a medication that knocks you out! The gasping and choking that sleep apnea causes is your body’s survival mechanism kicking in. Your body is waking you up to tell you that you need to breathe! This natural survival mechanism can be repressed when taking a prescription drug.
Whatever the sleep issue may be, finding a natural way to handle it would be ideal.
Glysonna is a drug-free sleep aid, glycine fortified with added wellness nutrients which helps you to reach restorative sleep by:
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Glysonna contains eight active ingredients that will help you sleep – Glycine, L-Theanine, JuJube Extract, Phenibut, Hops Extract, Passion Flower Extract, Cinnamon Extract and Melatonin – and seven wellness ingredients – Vitamin D, Vitamin B6, Zinc, Selenium, Niacin and Magnesium.
Unlike competing sleep products, Glysonna does not contain criticized and potentially harmful ingredients such as antihistamines, alcohol, tryptophan and 5HTP. Glysonna is also free from sugar, carbohydrates and gluten.
My Experience: I have suffered from insomnia for about 15 years. My mind just does not want to shut off! Even when I am really tired I find that I do not fall asleep for at least an hour or longer even after I get into my comfy bed. I recently overcame a serious addiction to the dangerous sleep aid, Ambien. After taking it for many years, my body became dependent on it. It became so that I could not sleep without it at all and none of that was real sleep. I was never getting the true REM sleep that my body and mind required to function healthfully. I was a zombie. I was excited to get the chance to try Glysonna because it is completely natural and is made of healthful ingredients. I have been using it now for over a week and I can tell you it has definitely been helpful. I take it right before I get into bed and find myself drifting comfortably into a very refreshing deep sleep much faster than I have in a long time. I awaken completely rested and refreshed. I have found that I never get tired during the day anymore. Glysonna is a lifesaver for me!
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I have suffered from insomnia for about 17 years. it is not fun at all. I actually got hooked to some pretty bad prescription medications that I had a hard time coming off of. I became dependent on them to sleep. They were habit forming and made me lose my memory. I have been searching for a natural sleep aid, but to me, 'natural' seemed like a joke because my body was used to chemicals. Natural products never seemed to work for me. Then, I received a sample of AgroLabs™ Peaceful Sleep.
I decided to give it a try. Right before I went to bed, I drank the 3 oz. 'shot' as directed and laid down, fully expecting to stay awake, staring at the ceiling. (This was at 9pm) The next thing I knew, I was sitting up in bed and it was light out. I could not believe I had actually slept all night without waking up. It was a peaceful, relaxing slumber, too. I felt so refreshed.
What is Peaceful Sleep? (Taken from their website)
AgroLabs™ Peaceful Sleep is a nighttime relaxation shot that blends together a bouquet of chamomile, lavender, valerian root, melatonin and additional ingredients to help our bodies get a better night’s rest.* Go ahead, take a shot and discover the rejuvenating benefits of AgroLabs™ Peaceful Sleep.
Did I mention it tastes wonderful? I was afraid it would taste nasty, but Agro Labs Peaceful Sleep just tastes like a pleasantly flavored juice. Not bad at all! I gave a sample of Peaceful Sleep to a few of my family members who also suffered from insomnia, and each person was amazed at how well it worked, when all other products had failed them. Now I am hooked, but in a good, healthy way!
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Disclaimer: I received samples of this product to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.