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Sleep Disorders - Insomnia

Insomnia, the inability to get the amount of sleep you need to wake up feeling rested and refreshed, is the most common sleep complaint. Insomnia is often a symptom of another problem, such as stress, anxiety, depression, or an underlying health condition. It can also be caused by lifestyle choices, including the medications you take, lack of exercise, jet lag, or even the amount of coffee you drink.

Sleep can often be a barometer of your overall health. In many cases, people in good health tend to sleep well, whereas those suffering from repeated sleeping problems might have an underlying medical or mental health problem, be it minor or serious. Sleeping well is essential to your physical health and emotional well-being. Unfortunately, even minimal sleep loss can take a toll on your mood, energy, efficiency, and ability to handle stress. Ignoring sleep problems and disorders can lead to poor health, accidents, impaired job performance, and relationship stress. If you want to feel your best, stay healthy, and perform up to your potential, sleep is a necessity, not a luxury.

Natural Insomnia Remedies :

Magnesium :

Magnesium apparently plays a key role in the regulation of sleep. Research has shown that even marginal magnesium deficiency can prevent the brain from settling down at night. One of the most absorbable forms of magnesium is magnesium citrate powder, available in health food stores. Try taking two doses, following label directions, a day, with the second dose right before bed.

Lavender :

 Research has shown that lavender oil is calming and can help encourage sleep in some people with insomnia.Try taking a hot bath with lavender oil before bed to relax your body and mind.Sprinkle a few drops of lavender oil on the pillows.

Valerian root ;

The medicinal herb valerian root has been used to treat sleep problems since the time of ancient Rome and Greece.Valerian can be sedating and may help you fall asleep

L-theanine :

 An amino acid found in green tea leaves, L-theanine can help combat anxiety that interferes with sleep. Studies show that L-theanine reduced heart rate and immune responses to stress. L-theanine works by increasing production of the feel-good hormone serotonin. It also induces brain waves that correlate with relaxation. 

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