IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT MELATONIN FOR SLEEP & YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM…

It’s Sleep Sunday so let’s talk this week about melatonin for sleep. You can see from the infographic below that it can help in many ways to help you sleep.

Pro Health also wrote on Melatonin for sleep and the immune system and explained that Melatonin is a naturally-occurring hormone that your brain produces as a response to darkness. After sunset, usually around 9 pm, the pineal gland is activated by the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), a control center in the hypothalamus that regulates hormones and body temperature.

Melatonin levels stay elevated through the night for roughly 12 hours, until our bodies are exposed to light at the start of each day. Most people produce enough melatonin on their own to induce rest. However, modern activities like excess travel, stress, screen time, and night schedules disrupt this natural rhythm, leading to difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Supplemental melatonin may be a solution.

People who can benefit from supplementing their melatonin are people with limited day time light exposure, people with increased light exposure at night, people doing shift work or people suffering from jet lag.

Pro Health also say “ Research suggests that melatonin is not only a good sleep remedy, it might also play an important role as an immune buffer. One study examines how melatonin may act as a stimulant for immunosuppressed conditions, helping the body better respond to external threats like viruses and parasites. On the other hand, the study finds melatonin can regulate overactive responses as well, such as that found in septic shock, acting as an anti-inflammatory. “

Melatonin supplements are available in a few different formats and available from Pro Health and other good pharmacies. Always remember to check with your GP before taking any supplements especially if you are taking other medications.

THE MINDFUL LIVING SHOW/ THE SLEEP SHOW – 6/7th MARCH 2020…

The Mindful Living Show/Sleep Show 6-7th March is the largest event in the UK of its kind; bringing together this unique community for 2 days of fun, learning, relaxation and mindfulness. Supporting healthier, happier lives and restful sleep.

The event will be going ahead and they are looking forward to opening their doors on Friday. The welfare of all those involved is of the upmost importance to them, so in view of the recent concerns about the coronavirus, they are following the government guidelines and will taking all necessary precautions. Please visit their Health page for more information.

There will be 150 leading thinkers, authors and teachers of mindfulness. Enjoy space to breath in their 4 lounge theatres. Find peace in their guided Meditation Space, explore your creative side in their Creative Calm Space, or stretch your body in the Body and Mind Space. There are activities to try in the Taster Zone and beautiful products in the Zen Market. Tickets from £12.50 + VAT at Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH.

Friday Night Wind Down – there is a sound and relaxation journey you can take to wind down in the world of rest and relaxation through sound healing, uplifting music, mindful dance, meditation and laughter.

SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT SLEEP…

Sleep Sunday, let’s talk about sleep. It doesn’t seem to matter which magazine you pick up and read as most of them will have an article about the right and wrong way to go to sleep. They say you should turn your phones off and read rather than watch something on your screen but when you are in pain sometimes it takes a lot more than just turning things off to help you sleep. However, lack of sleep also causes stress, lack of coordination and agility, weight gain and poor judgement.

With that in mind, I have decided to dedicate my Sunday’s to Sleep Sunday where I plan to write and review anything and everything to do with sleeping from pillows to aromatherapy oils, from mattress toppers to scented eye masks, there is even a Sleep Show dedicated to helping you sleep better. There is just so much out there to write about I feel sure I will be able to help someone to sleep better (and hopefully myself) with my articles on Sleep Sunday.

I would also love to hear from any readers that have anything they have tried/used to help them sleep as I know for sure that lack of sleep can make your pain ten times worse.  I have written over 40 posts to do with sleep from which drugs affect your sleep, sleep disturbance and Fibromyalgia, tips on how to sleep better, sleeping and back pain, lots of articles on sleep, reviews sleep shows in the UK.

One minute they are telling us that we need a full night sleep to function correctly and even that sleeping may help you to lose some weight! Now, researchers are careful to note however that oversleeping has been linked to a host of medical problems, including diabetes and heart disease.

So, how much sleep should we have? Well, apparently the amount of sleep varies significantly over the course of our lifetime. It depends on your age and activity level as well as your general health and lifestyle habits.

They say that sometimes circumstances mean we need more sleep, for instance during times of stress or illness. But, the typically recommended amount of sleep for adults should be between seven and nine hours each night.

When we’re sleeping, our brains are actively working to process the information from the day into our long-term and short-term memory. Good sleep not only helps our bodies and minds to rest and repair, but it also allows us to perform better too.

To finish my first post on Sleep Sunday I will write five top tips on what to take to get a better nights sleep. Next Sleep Sunday I will write about the latest news on aromatherapy oils to help you get a better nights sleep.

1. Have a glass of semi-skimmed milk with 2 teaspoons of honey before you got to bed for a natural goodnight’s sleep. Our immune system also works harder during sleep to fight and prevent illness.

2. Take Melatonin which is a hormone that plays a key part in regulating your natural body-clock. Studies have shown that melatonin improves sleep quality, particularly in the elderly.

3. Take Valerian as it is thought to have a sedative effect. Studies have shown that the root of the valerian makes getting to sleep easier and increases a deeper sleep.

4. Eat more leeks and onions or garlic and artichokes as they contain prebiotic fibres that fuel the healthy bacteria in our gut and can have a profound effect on our health and sleep.

5. Try a herbal remedy with hops, passionflower and Valerian.

Always remember to check with your GP first before taking any herbal remedy, or any of the above.

 

PILLOW SENSE FOR A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP…

Pillow sense for a good nights sleep is essential if you have sleeping problems.

You should always buy new pillows as soon as the old ones lose their bounce.

You can also purchase ‘eye pillows’ which are filled with lavender to help you sleep.

A lovely new pillow or eye mask would make a great Christmas gift.

The Pillow Advisor explains how to choose the correct pillow to suit the way you sleep.

This info graphic also explains all you need to know about pillows and a healthy sleep.