Dec
24
2010

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Insomnia is one of the most common imbalances faced in today’s world.  A number of factors can contribute, including the use of stimulants, lack of exercise, excess stress and dropping melatonin levels. It is known that a good night’s sleep keeps your brain and body healthy, and is vital for achieving vibrant health. Here are some ways to aid getting a great sleep:


  • HAVE A REGULAR TIME FOR SLEEPING.  Going to sleep at around the same time allows your body’s circadian rhythm to normalize.  The best times for being asleep are generally at 10pm until 2 am. It is during these times that the immune system regenerates.
  • ADD SOME EXERCISE RELAXATION INTO YOUR DAY.  Making sure you have some time during the day for aerobic exercise, yoga, meditation or deep breathing techniques can do wonders to reduce stress hormones in your body and prepare you for a good night’s sleep.
  • AVOID STIMULANTS AFTER LUNCH.  Caffeine-containing beverages, including tea/coffee/cola drinks will all interfere with getting restful sleep.
  • MOVE ELECTROMAGNETIC DEVICES AWAY FROM YOUR BED.  Electric devices such as an alarm clock in close proximity to your body (ie within one metre) will affect your electrical conductivity of your brain, affecting your ability to sleep peacefully.  Consider attaining an EMF protection device, available from www.biopro.com.au or a Barefoot Connections ® Queen Size Earthing Sheet.
  • CHECK YOUR MELATONIN LEVELS. Melatonin is an important hormone produced by the pineal gland in response to darkness at night. Studies have shown that those working shift work, keeping sleep times, or with adrenal fatigue may have low levels of melatonin. Melatonin levels seem to also drop around the late 40s to the early 50s.  You can check your levels via a simple salivary test, ordered by your practitioner.  Supplement melatonin if low.
  • CHECK FOR AN ESTROGEN/PROGESTERONE IMBALANCE. A dominance of estrogens in the system relative to progesterone can interfere with sleep as progesterone is a relaxant.  Detoxifying excessive estrogens out of the system may be an important part of holistic treatment for insomnia.

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