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Trouble Sleeping?

January 21, 2016


In my opinion not being able to sleep has to be one of the most irritating things in the world, I've put together this blog post for those of you who might be suffering from sleep issues and wanting help and information on why you may be having problems.


I'll start with why do we sleep? When we sleep our brain recharges itself while it filters and process the events of the day.our cells repair themselves and the body releases important hormones.Tissues are repaired,organs rest or finish cycles such as flushing out toxins. Two phases of sleep:
  • REM (Rapid Eye Movement) the brain is very active and our eyes move very quickly from side to side, dreams occur in REM sleep.
  • NON REM brain is quiet but our bodies move around more, it is also known as deep sleep. Dreams don't occur in NON REM sleep but as the bodies muscles are no paralysed like in REM sleep which allows the person to sleepwalk.
So what happens when we don't get sleep?
  • Blood vessels dilate creating dark circles under the eyes
  • Collagen production slows and skin becomes darker
  • Inflammation increases in the body which can affect your immune system
  • The skin can't repair leading to premature aging
  • imbalances in hormones which control appetite
  • Kills sex drive
  • Leaves you unable to function during the day
  • Prone to accidents
  • Your body produces more Cortisol, the stress hormone.
  • Immune system is weakened
  • Weight Gain
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Sleep problems are not medical conditions but arise out of normal everyday problems or minor health conditions that disturb your sleep.

They fall into 3 main categories

  • Inability to fall asleep
  • Poor quality of sleep
  • Waking up early
A new baby, stress, worry,excitement, menopausal night sweats, getting up to urinate because of an enlarged prostate or painful muscle and joint pain.


  • insomnia difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep
  • Sleep apnea breathing interrupted while asleep
  • Narcolepsy-sleep cycles not regulated properly
  • Delayed sleep phase syndrome normal sleep cycles are delayed
  • Sleepwalking- perform activities that are normally associated with consciousness

Things to avoid

Coffee, caffeine is a stimulant and in moderate doses can block sleep neurotransmitters causing insomnia.Refined sugar can stress organs in charge of hormone regulation causing you to wake in the night as your levels fluctuate.


Snack on food containing tryptophan, this amino acid is need by the body to produce serotonin, which in turn makes melatonin, a hormone that helps control your sleep cycle

These foods include: Yogurt, milk,banana,eggs and turkey.


The snooze button

The most dangerous button in the world and the worst invention ever, this little button causes more trouble then it's worth, let's be honest we've all over slept and ended up late for work because of this little thing.

Hitting the snooze button allows us to have extra sleep right? but did you know this extra sleep is fragmented making it low quality, as you fall back to sleep you prepare your body for a new sleep cycle that you won't have time to finish resulting in fatigue throughout the day.

Set your alarm for the time you need to get up, don't set multiple alarms before you need to wake up.


Having a night-cap

Although alcohol allows a healthy person to fall asleep quicker it reduces REM sleep,disruptions of REM sleep may cause daytime drowsiness which will have you reaching for the mid day caffeine hit and you'll be battling the vicious cycle of trying to sleep all over again.

Ditch the alcohol and swap it with an herbal tea with a sedative effect like camomile.

Herbal Sleeping Aid

Valerian is a flowering plant which is native to Europe an d parts of Asia. It is the extract of Valerian roots which is used to make Dormeasan.What are Hops?Hops are flowering plants native to the Northern Hemisphere. Each plant produces either male or female flowers. The extract of the Female flowers(commonly called Hops)is used to make Dormeasan.
Dormeasan-50ml_0Dormeasan® is not a 'sleeping pill’. It is a herbal sleeping aid and won't normally leave you feeling groggy in the morning. Unlike many sleep remedies, Dormeasan® is available in the form of a liquid herbal tincture. Taken just half an hour before bedtime, it can help if you worry that you can't sleep - encouraging a more natural sleep, helping you sleep better and wake feeling refreshed.
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