Disturbances in our sleep patterns can arise for a number
of reasons including stress, irregular working hours, grief, depression, hyperactivity
and consuming stimulant foods (coffee, chocolate etc) shortly before bedtime.
Although some of these causes are unavoidable and will
affect everyone at some stage in our lives, there are some measures that can
be taken to ensure that the 'avoidable' states are, well, avoided. Incorporating
regular exercise into a daily routine should help as it will not only 'tire
us out' but it has also been shown to reduce stress levels, which is a major
cause of sleep disturbance.It may also help to increase the body's production
of melatonin (our sleep inducing hormone) by consuming foods containing tryptophan,
such as cheese, chicken and eggs.
Hops (Humulus lupulus)
Primrose Oil (Oenotherae)
Gotu Kola (Centella
Print this page