I have had issues with sleep most of my life. In my teens, I did not want to sleep, ‘cause I thought I could sleep when I was dead. In my twenties, I was a new mom, so no sleep for at least a year. Then a single mom, so multiple jobs to keep my beautiful boy healthy and clothed with a decent roof over his head. In my 30’s, moving on up…more money, more problems they say. Now in my 40’s, hormones and stress have been keeping me up at night. What to do…
First, why do we need sleep?
Sleep allows for our bodies to repair, heal, and regenerate. It provides the necessary respite for our main frame, our computer-our brain. According to Harvard:
A recent survey found that more people are sleeping less than six hours a night, and sleep difficulties visit 75% of us at least a few nights per week. A short-lived bout of insomnia is generally nothing to worry about. The bigger concern is chronic sleep loss, which can contribute to health problems such as weight gain, high blood pressure, and a decrease in the immune system’s power, reports the Harvard Women’s Health Watch.
While more research is needed to explore the links between chronic sleep loss and health, it’s safe to say that sleep is too important to shortchange.
The Harvard Women’s Health Watch suggests six reasons to get enough sleep:
- Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.
- Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.
- Safety: Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime. These lapses may cause falls and mistakes such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and road accidents.
- Mood: Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.
- Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.
- Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.
Well, I have experienced and/or am experiencing #2, #4, and #5, due to my lack of sleep. But can it also affect your skin… YES.
Increased stress hormones, weakened immune function, poor nutrition ALL can contribute to a variety of skin disorders- acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea are a few that come to mind.
I have tried all types of holistic and medical interventions to try to help me get more sleep. I have come to the conclusion that I need to relax about 30 minutes prior to bed time, removing distractions (TV, Sound, light) and a little help from a new product that is all natural and works with amino acids and herbs known for their relaxing and sleep aiding properties.
RelaxZen-Relaxed NIGHT is an herbal drink supplement that allows you to slowly decompress, working with GABA (amino acids needed to allow for sound sleep), Valerian Root (well known Native American relaxation and sleep aid), B Vitamins (crucial for brain function and immune support)- ALL in a delicious berry infused, 2.5 oz shot.
Within 20 minutes, I felt relaxed and felt the need to lie down. I fell asleep easily, which is not always my challenge (more like falling back to sleep is a HUGE issue for me and many of YOU). I DID FALL BACK TO SLEEP VERY EASILY- EVEN OVER MY HUBBY’s snoring. YAY!!!!!
It has been a very long time since I have been able to sleep well, which I did and am grateful to RelaxZen for sending me the samples to try. I did feel a bit groggy when I first awoke (it was probably due to my waking up a few times as I drank a bunch of water prior- note to self-DO NOT DO THAT AGAIN), but it soon faded and I was up and at’em.
I have now, purchased more RelaxZen-Relaxed NIGHT so I can catch up on my beauty sleep. I have RelaxZen-Relax DAY samples to try and will update you in another post if they warrant a rave review. I probably do not need now as I have had a great night’s sleep and feel very focused and rested.
What are some of the tricks you use to sleep well? Discuss in comments…