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Difficulty Sleeping At Night

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. The typical adult should get about seven to eight hours of sleep per night for optimal health. Enough sleep can help protect your mental health, physical health as well as your quality of life.

About 35% of adults get less and less sleep than what is required, and therefore so many adults are on sleeping pills. Medication used to induce sleep can lead to dependence and can have many potential side effects such as feeling sluggish the next day as well as symptoms such as,  changes in appetite, constipation, dizziness, dry mouth or throat.

Think of your body like a factory that performs a number of vital functions such as healing damaged cells and boosting immune system. Frequently getting insufficient sleep has been linked to increase risk of depression, chronic health issues and obesity. Medications such as high blood pressure medication, asthma and depression medication can cause insomnia or sleep disturbances.  Changes in hormones have also been linked to insomnia and poor sleep quality. Hormonal changes can also cause havoc on sleep, as well as sleep deprivation can affect hormone levels in a sleepless vicious cycle.

Sleep is essential for learning and memory formation, emotional wellbeing and physical growth and development as well as immune function and cardiovascular health.

Other benefits of sleep are, reduced stress, improve memory, lower blood pressure and helps maintain weight.

Here are a few supplements that can help with sleep:

Melatonin: This hormone’s main function is to regulate your sleep and awake cycle. Available on prescription.

Magnesium glycinate: important mineral for melatonin function, so if you don’t have enough magnesium your melatonin will be lacking too. Available on online store.

Gaba: Slows brain activity and induces sleep. Available on online store

Valerian: This here can help you fall asleep quicker and allow you to sleep longer and deeper.

Tryptophan:  is a essential amino acid that is necessary for the production of serotonin. Serotonin is a sleep inducing hormone.

If you feel you sleep disturbances are due to hormonal changes feel free to book a consultation.


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