Getting better sleep: easing troubled sleep
Why am I having trouble getting to sleep?
Over one third of Australians experience trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep from time to time 1. This is no surprise considering the demands we tend to place on ourselves every day. The most common causes of sleeplessness include parenthood, shift work, travel across time zones, illness, poor sleeping habits and some medications. The internet and texting are also major sleep distractions2.
Stress is a big sleep‐stealer and a common trigger for sleeping problems. Unfortunately worrying about getting to sleep actually contributes to staying awake, which can start a vicious cycle. Luckily, there are a number of ways to help you sleep and overcome sleeping difficulties.
What effects can continuous troubled sleep have on life?
Whilst having less sleep than you would like won’t cause you much harm in the short‐term, continuous sleep troubles may have effects on your health, relationships, mood and appearance.
Is there anything I can do to help me sleep?
There are a number of sleep remedies to help you fall asleep, stay asleep and improve your sleep quality. Firstly, it is important to look at your sleep habits – Do you allow time to wind down before bed or are you still transfixed on the TV or internet? Do you follow a general sleep schedule and go to bed around the same time each night and wake up around the same time each morning? Is your bedroom dark, cool, quiet and conducive to sleeping? If your answer is no, then perhaps it is time to make some changes.
In addition to changing your bedtime habits, there are a number of natural sleep support aids to help ease your troubled sleep. There are a range of different sleeping aids to provide support during times of stress and help you get to sleep and stay asleep. With a number of formulas, there is sure to be one to suit your unique needs.
|Nature’s Own Sleeping Aid||Ingredients||Dosage||Who might it suit?|
|Complete Sleep||Contains Lactium and Zizyihus||2 caps 30 mins before bed||An adult who is under stress and having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or waking refreshed|
|Complete Sleep Advanced||Contains 50% more Lactium*, Ziziphus and Hops||2 tabs 30 mins before bed||An adult in peak times of sleeplessness, stress or suffering from stress and worry.|
|Complete Sleep Calming Hot Drink||Contains Lemon Balm, Chamomile and Lactium||3 tsp in 200mL water 30‐60 mins before bed||An adult who would like a gentle (and delicious) way to unwind after a stressful day, relax the body and enable a good night’s sleep; Someone who would like an alternative to tablets/capsules|
|Valerian 2000||Contains Valerian||1 cap with milk or herbal tea 30 mins before bed||An adult suffering from sleeplessness, stress or worry|
Chamomile, Hops, Passionflower,
Calcium and Magnesium
|2‐3 caps with milk or
herbal tea 30 mins before bed
|An adult suffering from nervous unrest and lack of sleep.|
|2 tabs 30 mins before
|A menopausal women with irregular sleeping patterns and/or night sweats|
*When compared to Nature’s Own Complete Sleep
- Better Health, Sleep ‐ Insomnia, Reviewed July 2012, http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Sleep, Accessed April 2013
- Better Health, Sleep, Reviewed July 2012, http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Sleep, Accessed April 2013
Published May 29, 2013