Thursday, February 9, 2012

Having Problems Sleeping? Tips For A Good Nights Rest

Are you getting the quality of sleep that you deserve? If you are not, you are not alone. Millions of people across Canada and the United States lack good quality sleep. There are many reasons why many of us lay awake at night tossing and turning, only to wake up the next morning feeling tired and fatigued.

At Life Choice, we believe that good quality sleep is important not only your physical well being but for your mental state as well. If you are having problems sleeping, here are a few suggestions from Life Choice to make your next night(s) sleep more relaxing.

Schedule your sleep. Set yourself a "bedtime," like you would for a child. Going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time each night and day can help to normalize your sleep habits and encourage sleepiness and wakefulness at reasonable hours. And just like story time or lullabies prepare children to sleep, follow your own bedtime rituals to set the "sleepy mood." 
Save your bed for sleep. This means not using the bed as a desk or a place to lounge and watch television. And this also means not remaining in bed if you struggle to fall asleep. If you do not fall asleep within 20 minutes, get up and do something else until you are sleepy enough. 
Change your sleep position. Are you a side sleeper, a belly-dozer, or do you dream best on your back? Certain positions may be better depending on your health and physical condition. Sleeping on your back may increase your risk of snoring. Sleeping on your stomach can lead to neck and back pain. To prevent pain, try to sleep in a position that lets you keep the natural curve in your back. 
Strategically time your meals and workouts. Regular physical activity and a healthy diet support good sleep. But lying down too soon after eating can cause heartburn or indigestion. And exercise kick-starts your mind and muscles and increases your heart rate and body temperature - all of which work against sleep. If possible, schedule exercise in the morning or early afternoon hours. 
Set up your bedroom for maximum sleep potential. Your bedroom environment can affect your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. For one thing, it's easier to get to sleep when your bedroom is on the cooler side. That's because a cooler climate - between 12 to 24 degrees Celsius (54 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit) - is similar to the climate inside of your body when you sleep. Also, keep your bedroom as dark as possible. Bright light can interfere with your brain's release of the sleep-inducing hormone called melatonin.

 If you are still having difficulty sleeping then a good natural supplement to take is melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone produced in the brain that sends your body a natural "time-to-sleep" signal. But things like jet lag and shift work can disturb this natural sleep-wake cycle. Taking a supplement of melatonin may help the body get back into its normal sleep-wake cycle. Speak to your doctor before taking melatonin and be sure that the product you buy has a natural health product (NHP) number. This will ensure that the product is of high quality.

Life Choice offers a variety of different natural melatonin supplements that can help you relax and sleep better at night

All of Life Choice's natural melatonin supplements are of the highest quality and each possess a government issued natural health product number (NHP).

About Life Choice

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