Lack of shuteye can affect every aspect of life, from relationships to self-perception. However, for most of us, it’s only ever an issue when we’re not getting enough.
If you’re feeling the affects of little to no sleep, you can take heart—you’re not alone. The New Zealand Medical Journal estimates 13 per cent of Kiwis between 20 and 59 regularly have at least one symptom of insomnia, along with “excessive daytime sleepiness”.
While children and teens can experience the affects of sleep deprivation, it’s most common in adults and the elderly.
Temporary or Chronic?
Insomnia—or the inability to sleep despite trying—is most commonly referred to as either temporary or chronic. Temporary insomnia tends to be related to caffeine intake, eating too much in the evening, jet lag, shift work or life stressors such as losing a job, death of someone close, health or family concerns. Chronic insomnia, meanwhile, is often caused by long lasting medical conditions such as breathing problems, chronic pain, depression, anxiety and regular poor sleep habits.
When you’re not sleeping well, symptoms often include:
- Low energy
- Everyday activities can be more difficult than normal
- Poor concentration
- Feeling sleepy during the day
- A tendency to make misjudgements and mistakes.
Unfortunately, insomnia can be a cycle; the more you worry and stress about it, the more it may affect you. However, there are some key nutrients that can be considered when you are struggling with getting enough quality sleep.
Key Minerals for a Better Night Sleep
Adding minerals magnesium and calcium, as well as herb tart cherry can help putting sleeping patterns back on track.
Magnesium stores can be depleted by mental and physical stress, processed diet and medications. This important mineral is needed to relax the nervous system and support healthy nerve function.
Calcium assists muscle and nerve function and works in combination with magnesium for sleep wake cycles.
“A lack in the nutrients calcium and magnesium will cause you to wake up after a few hours and not be able to return to sleep,” says James F. Balch, MD, the author of Prescription for Nutritional Healing.
Meanwhile, tart cherry provides naturally occurring nutrients, which may support sleep wake cycles and healthy sleep patterns.
If you are struggling with sleep and needing extra support, look for Lifestream Natural Magnesium, Natural Calcium and Heart Health+
It’s nutrition to live by.
For further information, visit www.lifestream.co.nz