Avoid Getting Sick With a Full Night's Sleep
No matter how hard you try, sometimes it can be difficult to get enough sleep with work deadlines and other worries on your mind. In fact, according to a survey we conducted with Leger, 73 per cent of Canadians say that a lack of sleep negatively impacts their health.
Unfortunately, sleep deprivation can impact the activity of your immune cells and make it difficult for your body to identify and fight cold and flu bugs. It can also affect your diet by altering your “hunger hormones,” and increasing your desire to indulge on sugary and salty foods. This can affect the careful nutrient balance needed for a healthy immune system.
Remarkably, the percentage of adults who sleep less than six hours per night is currently greater than at any other time on record. If you’re having trouble falling or staying asleep, the good news is there are natural health products that can help with this problem.
Vitamin D: Those with lower levels of vitamin D were found to have shorter sleep durations. If you fall into this category, you might want to try vitamin D supplementation, especially during the colder months when the lack of sunshine makes getting enough of it extremely difficult.
Magnesium: This mineral has been shown to help calm the nervous system, induce relaxation, reduce blood pressure, and even increase energy during the day — all important factors when trying to get some rest.
L-theanine: This amino acid promotes relaxation and better sleep by reducing anxiety that might be keeping you up at night.
Melatonin: This nerve hormone is well known in the natural health world for increasing total sleep time and reducing the amount of time it takes to fall asleep.
Cutting down on screen time before bed, whether from TV, cellphone or computer use, can help you sleep more soundly, as studies show that blue light emitted from devices confuses our biological clocks and, consequently, our sleep patterns.
Not getting enough sleep isn’t just a nuisance, it could be making you sick. If you’re having trouble winding down at night, visit your local CHFA Member health food store to find these natural remedies. Always consult a health care practitioner before taking any supplements.