Why should we be getting a better night’s sleep? The most obvious answer is to avoid tiredness, but there are other reasons, too. Not sleeping well enough could have a significant effect on health, with a short sleep increasing the risk of high blood pressure, and a long sleep increasing the risk of psychiatric disease, for example. BUPA recommends that adults should be getting a good 8 hours sleep each night, but that's sometimes easier said than done! So what are some good ways to get a good night’s rest?
Safe , natural, and effective sedatives are a great way to help relax both the mind and the body. Serotonin, which is also known as the ‘happy hormone’, is a mild, natural sedative whose production and secretion can be sped up by B complex vitamins, or by foods high in vitamin B6 like chicken or fish.
Try to avoid eating carbs, sugars, and proteins before going to bed, as these can cause peaks in blood sugar levels, making the body feel like it’s ready and raring to go. This readiness can disturb the internal body clock, and keep the body feeling active at a time when it should be trying to rest and recuperate.
Melatonin is a hormone that helps to regulate sleep/wake cycles, and it plays a huge role in helping to ensure a good night’s sleep. Vitamin B12 can really help to increase melatonin levels in the body, so B complex vitamin supplements, or foods naturally high in Vitamin B12, like salmon, can work wonders.
Getting a good night’s sleep isn’t always easy, and there are a number of health conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, and restless leg syndrome which can make resting difficult. That’s why it’s important to look for safe, natural remedies to help ensure a good night’s sleep, every night.