Glenys Collings, Naturopath
Good sleep is absolutely vital to our health, well-being and efficient work.
In fact, up to 62% of us report some sort of sleeping difficulties.
If we don’t sleep well, everything else can fall apart, so it’s often a good place to start.
As a Mother, I appreciate that it’s often babies, children, worrying about the whereabouts of teenagers, the dog, neighbours or a snoring partner that can keep us awake. However, for many of us it’s simply anxiety, worry & chattering thoughts, as well the dreaded night sweats!
Lack of sleep will lead to stress, depression, low energy & foggy brain, as we struggle with demands of daily life.
Those ‘unhealthy quick fixes’ – caffeine, sugar, ‘junk food’ alcohol & nicotine can very easily become habitual cravings to get us through our day. So, weight gain, digestive problems, hormonal problems and eventually more serious diseases will become evident.
So, what goes wrong?
Simply, we produce too much cortisol – the waking hormone.
Too little melatonin – the sleep hormone.
And, too little serotonin and GABA – the relaxing hormones.
So, how do we change the balance to get better sleep?
- Avoid stimulants – caffeine, sugar –if you are very dependant – this may be challenging as you will get cravings & withdrawal symptoms.
- Eat regularly to stabilise your blood sugar, avoid cravings & maintain energy
- Avoid ‘blue light’ from mobiles, computers & TV before bed time.
- Wind down with a bath & add a few drops of lavender oil
- Enjoy a calming herbal tea with Chamomile, vervain, valerian or hops
- Eat more ‘Tryptophan foods’ foods such nuts, seeds,tofu, cheese, red meat, chicken, turkey, fish, oats, beans, lentils, and eggs.
- Eat more ‘GABA’ foods – almonds, nuts, bananas, beef liver, broccoli, brown rice, halibut, lentils, oats and whole grain.
- Eat more magnesium foods…. Beans and nuts, whole grains such as brown rice and whole wheat bread, green leafy vegetables.
- Learn to calm the mind with Mindfulness, Meditation & Yoga.
- Alpha Stim micro- current therapy – this insomnia treatment safely modulates the brain’s electrochemical signals, bringing these signals back into balance with electrotherapy.
In my experience, most people are helped by tailored individual support with targeted, natural supplements.
Please call The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living on 01462 678 804 , to book an appointment for nutritional, lifestyle & stress management support.
I really feel that you were the catalyst for so many wonderful things and ‘thank you’ doesn’t seem adequate. I truly am eternally grateful to you Glenys for sharing your amazing gifts: Gemma Hills 🙂
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As a former nurse and practicing Naturopath – Glenys is proud to be recommending Juice Plus. She is passionate about natural health and empowering individuals & families to make “one simple change” to better health. “It is important to me that Juice Plus is supported by science. It is the knowledge that so many individuals & families are experiencing better health and lifestyles with Juice Plus that makes me want to grow my Juice Plus business!”