Evergreen can help support your sleep the natural way
We all find it hard to get to sleep from time to time, but several days of poor sleep can really take its toll. 3 in 10 people in Ireland struggle to get enough sleep, having a knock-on effect on how they function mentally, emotionally and physically the following day.
Why can't I sleep?
Stress and an overloaded mind can all make our sleep quality worse, but in turn, not getting enough sleep aggravates this, making it a difficult cycle to break. A night tossing and turning has a really detrimental effect on the body and mind, and worrying about it can make the problem worse.
Why is sleep important?
Vital functions occur in the body when you sleep, leaving you feel rested and energised, improving memory, reducing inflammation and maintaining your immune system. Sleep deprivation isn't only a problem for the mind, causing restlessness and anxiety.Research suggests, without good sleep quality you are also at higher risk for diabetes, heart attack and stroke, amongst other conditions.
Is there anything I can change in my lifestyle that might help?
Exercising regularly, particularly outdoors, has been shown to aid sleep.
Avoid caffeine, alcohol and drinking lots of fluids in the hours before bed.
Keep your bedroom dark and coo, and leave those phones and tablets in another room!
Relaxing your body and mind before bed will go a long way to a restful night - reading, listening to music or having a warm bath will all help slow the body down.
Are there effective natural remedies to help me sleep?
Melissa Dream is a non addictive natural supplement that can help calm the mind and the body. Containing magnesium and B vitamins to help relax restless muscles and help produce serotonin, it also contains chamomile which has a calming effect. The two main ingredients are Lemon Balm and L-Theanine which have been shown to raise levels of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) and alpha waves in the brain, helping to calm the mind.
If you'd prefer a licensed herbal sleep tonic, Peace & Calm from Botanica is an option. This is a valerian product which create a warming sensation in the body, and has a pleasant liquorice and orange taste. Peace & Calm is a medicinal product used for the temporary relief of symptoms of mild stress and to aid sleep, based on traditional use only. Always consult your doctor if you're on other medication and if you suffer from chronic insomnia.
What about anxiety?
Mental fatigue can set in around now from worrying about uncertainty, online learning or work deadlines. FMD Stressveda contains a unique blend of Organic Ashwagandha Root plus plant sourced B Vitamins that contribute to normal mental performance, normal functioning of the nervous system and a reduction of tiredness & fatigue.
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