People need sleep, enough sleep to stay healthy and productive.
Only those who have slept well are in top shape physically and mentally, look good, are active and balanced. A short night is bearable when the fun is worth it, but in the long run a permanent lack of sleep makes you mentally and physically ill.
Why is sleeping so important?
During sleep, especially in the deep sleep phase, blood pressure drops and the pulse slows down. This relieves the cardiovascular system, which lowers the risk of stroke and heart disease. A lack of sleep weakens the immune system. It is only during sleep that it can concentrate on the defense against pathogens. Sleep is the best medicine - there is truth to this saying. The brain also works while sleeping. How this works is still the subject of research. Brain researchers assume, however, that the brain is busy organizing the flood of information of the day, processing emotional impressions and storing important information in long-term memory. This is why restful sleep is essential for a stable mental state. In addition, restful sleep is important for the metabolism, because hormone releases during the sleep phase have a significant influence on the metabolism. Sleep disorders can therefore be considered as the cause of obesity and metabolic disorders up to serious diseases such as diabetes mellitus. If restful sleep is lacking, overall health and performance are extremely at risk.
Why can't I sleep?
But why do millions of people lie awake at night, roll from side to side and are unable to switch off? Some cannot fall asleep, others cannot sleep through. As a result, the stress of the day is not physically processed and every nightly look at the watch causes new stress. A spiral that can cause not only serious physical but also psychological problems. Researchers see a clear connection between sleep disorders and today's lifestyle. A hectic everyday life, a flood of information, always being available, writing the last emails in bed in the evenings, liters of coffee, shift work, air travel to other time zones, all of these disturb the internal clock tremendously and do not let us rest at night. The massive use of artificial light in the evening also disturbs the natural rhythm. When big cities shine even at night, the body loses its orientation and no longer knows when day and when it is night. This in turn has an impact on the release of the sleep hormone melatonin and thus directly on sleep itself.
What helps against trouble sleeping?
Nobody will and wants to turn their whole lives upside down to sleep better. It doesn't have to be that way. Even small steps can have a big impact if they are implemented consistently. As a first measure, it is advisable to use the bed alone for sleeping. Tablet, cell phone, TV, magazine, should not be taken to bed. As a result, the body learns that the bed is there to sleep. A strenuous workout is generally good, but should not take place right before bed. A quiet walk or targeted relaxation exercises are more likely to put your mind and body into sleep mode. If you are plagued by stress and worries, you should not ponder this in bed, but ask yourself in an upright posture whether it doesn't have time until tomorrow and maybe create a to-do list for the next day. Because what is written down is first out of the head. Fortunately, nature also has a few arrows in its quiver that can help us to sleep better.
How can nature help?
Well-tried and still up-to-date are herbal active ingredients that promote restful sleep. Extracts from the root of the valerian plant are particularly suitable for alleviating inner restlessness and promoting sleep. Valerian extracts are available as drops, but also integrated in a food supplement. L-glycine, the smallest of all amino acids, not only strengthens bones, joints and connective tissue, but as a neuronal messenger can shorten the sleep phase and improve overall sleep quality. The body can produce L-glycine itself, but it still makes sense to use a dietary supplement because it compensates for a too low level and stimulates self-production. The mineral magnesium also has sleep-promoting properties. It relaxes the body because it reduces the release of stress hormones. The body's own sleep hormone melantonin deserves special attention. It is formed in the pineal gland and gives the body the signal to sleep. However, our use of light slows down the distribution and thus the effect. Blue light, in particular, as generated by computer screens, has a significant impact on the distribution of melantonin. Dietary supplements that combine plant extracts with melantontin make sense, because both substances attune the body to the nightly rest without changing the architecture of the sleep phases, as purely chemical agents are said to do.
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