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Jun 29, 2009 BY Joy McCarthy

Tired of Feeling Tired? - Part III

—  found in  Well-being  —

Then go to bed early! :) That sounds too simple doesn't it?

My friend told me this the other day and it's worth repeating here:

"YOU CAN TRY AND FIGHT SLEEP, BUT YOU WON'T WIN!"

I love that statement! 100% true. People try and cheat sleep all the time. You can't sleep 5-6 hours one night and then expect to "make up" for it the next night. No matter what, if you go days without getting good shut-eye you will inevitably get sick and/or burn out your adrenals. Leaving you with no choice but to stay home from work and sleep. This is why you can't fight sleep, you can try, but won't win.

Time and time again, I meet people who tell me they don't sleep well and I have noticed those are the people that typically suffer from the most health issues. Sleep is your best medicine. If this describes you, then here are some tips for a good night's sleep.

1. Avoid before bed snacks like grains and sugars (carbohydrates). These types of foods cause fluctuations in your blood sugar and may cause you to wake up later in the night from hypoglycemia.

2. Wear socks to bed. Yes, I'm serious. Your feet have the poorest circulation. Studies show that this may be the cause of some people waking up in the night. I do this ALL the time - wear socks!

3. Eat a high-protein snack several hours before bed. This can provide the L-tryptophan needed to produce melatonin and serotonin (sleep hormones).

Melatonin is most abundant between 10pm and 2am when you are sleeping. It is an important anti-cancer and anti-aging hormone that is secreted when it's dark.

Have a restful sleep!

Joyous

Jun 29, 2009 BY Joy McCarthy
3 Comments
  •   June 29, 2009

[...] Continued here: Tired of Feeling Tired? – Part III [...]

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benchy   •   July 2, 2009

um, you forgot to mention the benefits of exercise and sleep...

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joyousness   •   July 2, 2009

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