Sleep deprivation is a result of not getting enough sleep. Chronic sleep deprivation can play havoc with your mechanics during the day, causing you to be tired and lethargic, experience lapses in memory and concentration, clumsiness, and could lead to potential weight gain or weight loss.
A lack of sleep over time can dramatically affect the proper working of your brain and cognitive functions, lower your emotional intelligence and effective problem-solving skills. Not enough sleep can also play a role in the onset of health problems and give reason to a heightening of illnesses such as diabetes and blood pressure. A lack of sleep can also impact on your work and lifestyle.
As a result of modern-day, action-packed lifestyles, more work, less play, sleep deprivation is becoming a significant factor in health concerns and invasive health problems. We’ve put together a few natural remedies for those who are finding it damn hard to get a good night’s rest and recuperate from the day.
1 – Sleep Preparation
We recommend you prepare yourself for bed and work towards a less busy environment before hitting the pillow. A few hours before bedtime, try switching off the TV, smartphones, and computers, which will help you wind down and relax. Pick up a book, work on a brain teaser or puzzle, and play some easy listening music instead. The lighting should be subdued, and be mindful of what you eat towards the end of the day. Spicy foods, caffeine, and chocolate can make it harder to fall asleep.
2 – Valerian
A herbal supplement that increases your GABA levels, a chemical in the brain that helps calm you down, and can reduce the amount of time it takes to drift off to noddy land. Valerian becomes more effective the longer you take it, as the sleep-inducing effects from the herb get more powerful with continued use over several weeks. The recommended dosage of valerian for treating sleep deprivation is a 450mg capsule, which should be taken one hour before bedtime.
3 – Glycine
Glycine is a non-essential amino acid and can help your body maintain a fit central nervous system. Glycine has properties that may help you to fall asleep easier, as well as help with rapid eye movement or REM sleep cycles.
4 – Hops
Hops is a direct relative to cannabis, without any of the illegal stuff. Hops feature prominently in the production of beer. As a supplement, hops can help as a natural sleep aid and sedative, and through its antispasmodic properties, it can help to reduce muscle tension and encourage a state of relaxation. You can purchase hops supplements in liquid or capsule form.
If you need help falling asleep or winding down after a long day, Bondi Beach Tea Co. tea blends are packed with natural remedies to help with various situations. Check out our Bondi Snooze blend specifically to help ease your mind and rest your head.