Who doesn’t need sleep? Sleep was designed for our bodies to recover and rejuvenate from a day of stress. Our bodies need sleep to survive. We don’t completely know why our bodies need sleep but research has shown that without enough sleep, our bodies start malfunctioning, our stress levels increase and all of a sudden, and our risk of health problems increases dramatically.
Make sure your body is getting the rest it needs. On average, you need about 8 hours of sleep a night. If you’re not getting that then you seriously need to look at your lifestyle – what are you doing that is keeping you up so late?
Try to change any bad habits you may have and work out a good, regular routine that you can keep to most nights. Ideally, your body should go through the same motions, preparing you for a good nights rest. Here are some tips to help you sleep: • Switch off the TV • Have a cup of peppermint or chamomile tea • Read a book • Listen to some calming music
Keep up the same routine for a while and you’ll start to notice that your body has been conditioned to sleep while you go through this routine.
Tossing and turning in bed? Try taking a daily calcium supplement during the day to give your body time to absorb it. Calcium is a natural muscle relaxant and also helps you to handle stress. It’s one of the best used sleep aids around!
Remember drinking that glass of warm milk before bed to help you sleep? The true hero of that story is calcium. Calcium helps your brain to release melatonin which helps you relax and in turn helps you to sleep.
You might think you’re getting enough sleep, but try keeping a good routine and an optimal level of calcium and you may experience a renewed sense of energy that you haven’t felt in a long time. Try it and tell us what you think…