Sleep Deprivation – How Much Sleep Do You Need A Night?
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 6, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Research has shown that most people need on average between 7-8 hours of sleep a night, however some people seem to function better with more or less. But what if you just aren’t getting enough?
Sleep deprivation can be really hard on our bodies. Causing us to become moody, temperamental, emotional, irrational, and forgetful among many other things. It can cause us to make human errors at work, while driving, and at home. It can affect our relationships, self esteem, and worst of all our health!
If you’re finding that you are getting enough sleep you may want to consider some natural alternatives to help you get some much needed rest.
Avoiding Caffeine and Tobacco products before bed, as they are considered stimulants.
Only use your bed only for a place to sleep, try not to associate any work you do with your room. This will help reinforce the message to the brain that your bed is a place used only to rest.
Take a warm bath with Epsom salts, and baking soda – one cup of each. This will help your body relax, and help free it from toxins.
If you aren’t lactose intolerant try sipping on a cup of warm milk 15-30 minutes before bed. Milk is loaded with calcium which helps soothe the nervous system.
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan