Tired of tossing and turning at night? Tired of counting sheep in order to fall asleep? Consider changes in your sleeping environment, diet, nutrition, and sleep habits. These simple tips will help you sleep better and be more energetic and productive during the day.
Alcohol is known to increase or cause the symptoms of sleep apnea, disrupted sleep patterns and snoring. It also may alter your melatonin production. It can make you feel sleepy at night but beware, it will make you wake up more often overnight.
Sleeping pills usually have side effects and some medicines can become habit-forming. Ask your doctor what’s OK for a short-term and convenient solution but try not to rely on pills every night.
Weighted blankets help improve melatonin because they help produce serotonin. Also, proven to help insomniacs sleep better because of the calming effect of the blanket and encourages your body to produce oxytocin, which can relieve pain and stress while boosting your immune system. Ultimately leading to a better sleep at night.
Author: Melissa Ureten
During this global coronavirus crisis, we all have many reasons to be sleep deprived. Stress, worry, or just simply having too much time in our hands to binge-watch tv shows. We have to make an effort to change this.
Sleep is the most important factor for body’s fight against any infection. Sleep actually helps our bodies to create the immune cells we need to fight against virus or bacteria. Adequate sleep is necessary for proper response from our immune systems. It also accelerates healing after we get infected.
Getting sufficient sleep should be part of any weight management effort. Sleep deprivation and insomnia change hormonal balance, increase appetite, impair glucose metabolism and energy consumption, leading to weight problems. Sleep problems and insomnia increase the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, depression and heart disease.