Sleep: The BEST Anti-Aging Medicine
Since most of us spend at least 1/4 to 1/3 of our lives in slumber, it’s important to give a little attention to the quality of our slumber. There are so many natural options for helping us each experience the best sleep possible. Sleep is the number one thing we can do to slow down the aging process since growth hormone is produced while we are experiencing deep snoozing. Often, though, in today’s stressful world, our sleep patterns take a hit and frustration sets in when we wake often or have restless and fitful sleep. So, what are some options for promoting restful sleep?
Firstly, AVOID caffeine after 2 or 3pm. Trust me…. I am a caffeine junkie! I LOVE my 2 cups of coffee first thing in the morning, and iced tea is my go-to drink for lunch. Once the afternoon rolls around, though, I pay close attention to drinking water, water, water! I don’t want anything I am putting in my body to interfere with my ZZZZZZZZZ’s.
Secondly, don’t watch T.V. while you are in bed prepping yourself for a good night’s sleep. There is a lot of negativity these days on television, and all you’re doing is upsetting your psyche and getting overstimulated right before bed. Make your bedroom a calm, serene environment. Dim lights about an hour before bed and try sprinkling some lavender oil on your pillow.
As far as nutritional supplements that help increase your ability for some sound dozing, the following have been really helpful for my body:
- Melatonin: this may or may not be helpful in aiding you to get good sleep. What I have noticed with my body and melatonin is that it does make me feel drowsy and relaxed enough to fall asleep, but it doesn’t necessarily make me STAY asleep. An added perk, though, of melatonin is it acts as a powerful antioxidant and MAY prevent cancer.
- Phosphatidylserine: you’ve taken your melatonin and you have fallen asleep, but then a couple of hours goes by and your eyes pop open wide awake as if you have just slept for 8 solid hours… but, you are still exhausted! Phosphatidylserine resets your body’s circadian rhythm and suppresses cortisol at night when cortisol is supposed to be LOW. This supplement has helped me immensely with getting good solid sleep all night long.
- Valerian: a root that has been used by various cultures throughout history to increase GABA levels, thereby, promoting relaxation and better sleep, is Valeriana officinalis. It works best after you take it regularly for a couple of weeks. Numerous studies show Valerian improves both quality and duration of sleep and is becoming hugely popular as a natural sleep supporter.
Consider adding one or all of these supplements into your “sleep hygiene regimen”. You will be more vital and alert, have a stronger immune system, and will be able to maintain a healthy weight with good solid sleep. If you think you might be experiencing insomnia, call for a consultation today with Dr. Kelly Collins at 855-377-3782.