Sleep is a problem for thousands of people in the world. Young and old. It is not until you suffer from a sleeping disorder, that you realize how it can drive you crazy.
I had a problem with it for sometime and tried everything bar sleeping upside down. Now I think I have it conquered.
Researchers study show that one effect of not sleeping, is that it can effect your weight. They say that sleeplessness can cause you to put on weight and as you read more on this topic you find that the two go hand in hand. If you are overweight you will probably have a sleeping problem.
It also affects your mental ability. The ability to solve problems, to be alert, just to get through your day. It certainly affects your sex life and your relationship with your spouse. It affects your tolerance with the children or work mates.The repercussions of lacking in sleep are enormous.
I believe though there are a few people who live well and alert on little sleep. Winston Churchill was one, Margaret Thatcher the PM of England was another and I am sure there are many people who function very well on about 4 hours of sleep. But not me.
It affects my ability to be a nice person. If I suffer from lack of sleep I am like a” bear with a sore head”
I have just been reading an article written in the Washington Post by Jennifer LaRue Huget, about being sleep deprived and the fact there is really not been a lot of positive results from research.
Michael Grandner, a sleep researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology, admitted it was hard to find food that could help with sleep.
He said it is easier to advise what not to eat or drink before bedtime. Grandner tracked the sleeping habits of 459 women and found that it was not the likes of coffee that produced less sleep it was the amount of fat that you ate. His result was that the more fat you consume the less the less you slept.
“Women who ate the most fat slept for shorter times and took more naps. This research was not just aimed at older women it applied across the spectrum.
He said “Some of this may be due to high rates of undiagnosed sleep apnea in obese people. It may have to do with the fact that the hormones that control our feelings of hunger get disrupted when sleep is disrupted”
Of course coffee should be avoided in the late afternoon and evenings. Alcohol is another on the “no no” list. Christine Gerbstadt, a medical doctor, registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietary Association, says: “Alcohol does disrupt the sleep cycle. It delays the onset of and shortens REM sleep, which is the restful sleep” you need every night.
Apparently red and white wine contain melatonin but the alcohol interferes with the REM sleep.
It seems that milk does not have the affect that it has been portrayed, as a sleep enhancer. Milk and herbal tea are more of a relaxer rather than a substance that will help you to sleep.
I personally used to suffer from lack of sleep. The experts were saying that exercise was good for those who had a problem with sleep, but for me it made no difference. I have always done some form of exercise every day of the working week. I was always training for something but my sleeping patterns seem to get worse for me. It always took me a long time to get to sleep the longer it took the more frustrated I used to get and of course affected my fitness.
I tried the milk thing, milk and molasses, milk and honey, brandy and honey. I changed my colorful pillows and sheets to soft blue and white to try to improve my sleep. None of these seem to make any difference.
Some nights I would sleep like a baby and others not. I never knew why or which thing I did that gave me the good nights sleep.
I am a person who has a routine in my daily activities. I rarely go to bed after 9pm and am up very early and I eat, pretty much the same sort of food.
Anyway to cut a long story short I think I now have the answer to my sleepless nights. It works for me anyway.
Straight after dinner I have a calcium tablet and then just as I go to bed I have a quarter of a melatonin 3mg tablet, which I chew,then let it soak under my tongue for a second or two then drink a glass of water to wash it down.
I have a great sleep and before I know it the alarm is ringing. I wake up feeling fresh.
I did take the whole tablet at the beginning but I found I woke up a drowsy and I think it used to make me a bit foggy for a few hours after waking up.
Give it a try, it could work for you. That is my recipe for a good nights sleep. It may not work for everyone.