I can’t emphasise enough the importance of a good night’s sleep. And when I say a good night’s sleep I mean both quality and quantity. the first few hours of sleep are rubbish. What we need is the good stuff or REM sleep.
Poor sleep results in low Serotonin or GABA in our systems which in turn leads to low Growth Hormone. However if our Growth Hormone levels are generally low then this in itself can lead to poor sleep which then becomes a vicious circle.
REM sleep is when our bodies rejuvenate themselves. It is when cell turnover occurs. If we don’t get enough of it we age more rapidly. There is evidence to show that those individuals who do not get continuous good/REM sleep on a regular basis are more likely to develop Altzheimers and poor cognitive function. If we have a poor night’s sleep our IQ the following day is on average 10 points lower than it would otherwise normally have been.
People with poor REM sleep are far more likely to be overweight or have difficulty loosing weight. People who work a lot of night shifts have higher incidences of heart disease.
I hate to break the bad news to you but cat napping is a waste of time. We need a good continuous few hours. Ideally about 8 to 9.
SO, WHAT CAN WE DO?
Here are some tips:
- In the same way as you set your alarm telling you when to get up set your alarm telling you when to go to bed. It is far too easy to find yourself busy watching TV or otherwise occupied in the evening.
- A combination of Calcium 500mg, Magnesium 200mg and Vitamin C 500mg is a simple sleep remedy.
- Valerian root 20mg
- Tryptophan 150mg
- Melatonin 1mg
- Optimise Growth Hormone levels
- Chamomile 20mg
- Passion flower 90mg
- Exercise in the morning not in the evening
- Clear your bedroom of white noise and make sure your curtains are blackout