It’s winter, which means shorter days, longer nights and the desire to curl up in a warm cozy bed and get some extra sleep. But far too many of us can’t take advantage of these extra hours of darkness and it isn’t because we don’t want to!
Are you one of those people that struggle to get to sleep no matter how tired you are? Or do you wake up in the middle of the night and lie there for hours, anxiously watching the clock and trying to get back to sleep? If so, you’re in good company with 1 in 3 people dealing with at least mild insomnia.
Insomnia is a very common problem that takes a toll on your energy, mood, and ability to function during the day. Chronic insomnia can even contribute to serious health problems.
Truth be told, there is a lot more going on while you sleep than you think! Studies have shown that your brain can be just as active while you sleep as when you are awake. The bodies process of purging, detoxing and repairing is top of the list each night while you sleep and is critical to good health.
Unfortunately, Americans are getting less and less sleep all the time. Sleep deprivation is such a rampant problem that last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called insufficient sleep a public health epidemic.
Study after study tells us that not getting enough sleep causes all kinds of harm to the mind and the body. Sleep deprivation causes us to eat more, shrinks our brains, is linked to type 2 diabetes, leads to slow reaction time that can impair driving and can even cause false memories. And the list could go on and on.
We know we need it and the season has given us a perfect excuse to get more of it, so why not take advantage? For some, a good night’s sleep seems akin to Unicorns and Pixie Dust, no matter the time of year.
Although stress, anxiety and depression are at the top of the list for reasons why you can’t get to sleep there are many others, everything from artificial light from computers, tv’s and iPads, to medications, caffeine, smoking or chronic pain, and even alcohol can hamper your good night of sleep. Yes, alcohol…the remedy that so many turn to each night to help relax themselves before bed can be the culprit of a poor night’s sleep.
There are several Doctors that believe vitamin and mineral deficiencies can play a role in your inability to get to sleep and stay asleep. Which makes sense given vitamins and mineral are what is needed to relax the muscles and produce the hormones that the brain so desperately needs to create a peaceful night’s sleep.
Unfortunately, many that struggle to sleep, turn to either over the counter sleep aids or make a trip to their doctor’s office for a prescription but the resounding result is always the same…you wake up feeling sluggish, groggy or even worse, have terrible headaches or encounter the dangerous side effects like sleep walking.
You don’t have to resign yourself to sleepless nights or sluggish mornings. And you certainly do not have to take the risks associated with prescription sleep medication. The list of natural remedies that can assist with a good night’s sleep are long and better yet, easy!
Simple solutions like turning off the T.V., computer and all other technology at least an hour before you would like to get to sleep. Some gentle yoga, writing in a journal to clear the mind or a warm glass or chamomile tea can help soothe your system into a bedtime routine. One of my favorites is a bit of lavender essential oils on the bottom of the feet or in a diffuser to assist relaxation at night. There is also an amazing all-natural sleep aid via a time released topical patch that many of my family members and clients have used with tremendous success.
The Vitamin Patch offers an all-natural Sound Sleep formulation on a time released topical patch. The Sound Sleep formulation works to not only relax your muscles naturally but also to calm your mind, relieving stress and anxiety, allowing you to gently fall asleep. The time released technology is a blessing because it helps you to quickly and easily slip back to sleep if you do wake up. Best of all, it leaves you feeling refreshed, awake and replenished in the morning with none of the groggy after effects of so many products.
The Vitamin Patch formulations are designed to not only have an immediate impact but also help support the bodies natural systems long term. What does that mean? The Sound Sleep topical patch can help to minimize vitamin and mineral deficiencies and assist the body, over time, to fall asleep more easily on its own. For instance, the Sound Sleep formulation has zero melatonin in it. Instead, the formulation includes the vitamins and minerals needed to support the body’s own natural production of melatonin. This is just one example of how this formulation helps to support the body’s own natural functions.
What ever sleep method works for you it is important that you find one that is all-natural and sustainable. Sleep is far to important to leave to chance. Find a gentle routine that works well and employ it every night. Trust me, it may take a little time but a consistent good night’s sleep is something you will thank yourself for, for many years to come.