Health Topic

Restful Sleep

Byron J. Richards, CCN -
Sleep is the key time that you rejuvenate your body while performing various housecleaning chores. You need both adequate sleep time and proper sleep quality. How you feel when you wake up in the morning is exactly how good a job you did. There is no mistaking the feeling of a good nights sleep. And there is no way to effectively make up for a lack of quality sleep it is a primary cause of wear and tear that stresses your health.

Adults need 7-8 hours of quality sleep per night. Teens need 8-9 hours. School age children need 9-10 hours. Preschoolers need 10-12 hours. Newborns often sleep 16-18 hours a day. The extra sleep is needed to support optimal growth.

When you dont get enough sleep you are tired the next day. This causes you to eat more food to compensate for lower energy, making it more likely that you will gain weight. This throws leptin out of balance, in turn making your daytime energy worse and locking in weight issues while further disrupting your sleep. Even if you arent gaining weight your mood, mental capacity, motivation, stress tolerance, energy, and overall feeling of well being suffer.
Poor sleep sets you up for a poor immune response in times of need.

Nutrients can be used to help you get to sleep, stay asleep, and enhance the quality of your sleep. Sleep Helper and RelaxaMag are my top two suggestions to assist your sleep. Many people also benefit from Melatonin and Immune Plus, making these four products a core sleep support system.*

A brief description of these products is listed next, followed by a comprehensive discussion of important sleep issues.

Best Sleep Supplements:

Sleep Helper® Sleep Helper®

Sleep Helper® boosts your supply of relaxing neurotransmitters. Theanine in Sleep Helper® has been shown to produce relaxing alpha brain waves within 40 minutes. It may be taken during the day to settle nerves, offset stress, and improve attention span - it will not make you drowsy. Take at bedtime to help you relax. It helps settle your thoughts and support a state of relaxation that is conducive to falling asleep. Take 1-2 at bedtime, use during the day as needed.*

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Magnesium, RelaxaMag™ Magnesium, RelaxaMag™

Contains the relaxing mineral magnesium bound to the amino acid glycine. Glycine behaves as a relaxing neurotransmitter in your brain, an important nutrient that can help you relax and sleep better. Especially helpful for getting to sleep or relaxing the mind. Take 1-3 at bedtime, use during the day as needed. Works synergistically with Sleep Helper®.*

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Melatonin - 180 caps Melatonin - 180 caps

Melatonin is the hormone that helps guide your sleep. Levels decline with age and are often needed in the winter months. Available in both 0.5 mg and 3 mg capsules so that you can try various amounts and use a dose that works best to assist your sleep.*

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Immune Plus™ Immune Plus™

Helps clear immune congestion (sore shoulders, numb arms, excess mucous).* 1/2 to 1 heaping tsp. at bed.

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