Thursday, March 6, 2008

Sweet Dreams

Having a hard time sleeping at night? I have been a lucky gal, that's never been a problem for me, I can lay down and be out in 5 minutes or less. But for many, getting to sleep takes some effort. Here are some tips:

Give up Caffeine

Caffeine can stay in your body for up to 14 hours, so remember that when you take a sip of coffee or soda before going to bed.


Do what you can to release the stresses at bedtime. It can be as little as 10 minutes, or as long as an hour to disconnect from your day - read a book, try meditation, try a hot bath.

Quiet and Dark Bedroom

The slightest noises can keep you up at night. Use earplugs if need be, darken your windows or use light blocking curtains. Some people find the sound of a fish tank or the relaxing sounds of the sound machines to be helpful. Don't turn on your overhead lights if you can help it, and keep the room temperature at a comfortable level for you.

Don't Nap

If you must, take a brief power nap, but keep it to just 15 or 20 minutes.

Only Sleep in your Bed

Keep your bed for sleeping only. Don't give into the temptation to watch tv or read a book or have a thought provoking conversation with your spouse.

Try a supplement to help you relax!

Eating a healthy diet which includes supplements like Herbal Sleep is an excellent beginning. Hops, Valerian and Passion Flower are herbs used traditionally for the nervous system and they are in the formula Herbal Sleep. Their effects are gentle and gradual, the same as any food, and they require only a short time to be assimilated. Once these natural food compounds are in the bloodstream, it takes a little longer before the cells pick them up for utilization. For some people, they may feel somewhat renewed within 20 minutes, others sooner.

Hops flowers (Humulus lupulus) are native to Europe and western Asia, and they are commonly known as a principal ingredient in beer. The female flower resembles a glober artichoke, is the part used by brewers. It yields essential oils and resins which give hops its aroma and beer its taste. The male flowers, are born on separate plants and are different in appearance.

Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis) is native to England but is grown throughout the world. It is believed by some that valerian is the spikenard referred to in the bible as a perfume brought from the East. During the Middle Ages, valerian roots were laid among the clothes as a perfume. This herb can intoxicate cats like catnip.

Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) is another famous nervine herb. It is primarily used for its tranquilizing and sedative effects, although it also has an antispasmodic action. Hence, it has been widely used as an aid for people who can't sleep. Like chamomile, it has been used to feed the nervous system for a wide variety of different problems. In addition, it has a beneficial effect on the nerves which regulate the heartbeat.

My husband has taken Herbal Sleep about an hour before retiring at night and it has definitely helped him get a more restful sleep.

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