Insomnia is quite a problem in this country. According to the National Institutes of Health insomnia affects more than 70 million Americans. That’s a lot of people tossing and turning. Insomnia can have a huge impact on your waking hours too. Fatigue, irritability, inability to concentrate, stress and impaired response time behind the wheel are just a few of the ways insomnia can cause suffering even during the day. Lack of sleep can also cause your metabolism to slow down, leading to weight gain.
But what causes this frustrating disorder? And, more importantly, what can you do about it?
There are a number of compounds found in healthy people that regulate sleep in the body. Insomnia is a sign that these are out of whack. Stress, a hectic lifestyle, or other physical and emotional stressors can disrupt the delicate balance of these sleep inducing compounds. The good news is, it’s an imbalance that’s easy to correct. By supplementing your body’s production of these important compounds you not only find immediate relief from restless nights but you also help your body come back into balance and begin producing what it needs to help you drift off naturally and easily again on your own. Unlike the self-reinforcing and potentially addictive cycle of prescription sleep aids, supplementing your body’s own natural sleep regulators will aid your body in regulating its own sleeping patterns and you’ll need to use them less and less as your body readjusts.
One of the most important of these compounds is melatonin. Melatonin regulates your body’s perception of “day” and “night.” It stimulates your body to fall asleep when it’s night time. People suffering from insomnia are often not producing enough of this compound. Supplementing your body’s melatonin will have a positive reinforcing effect. The more your body adjusts to a regular sleeping pattern again, the more it will take over the proper production of melatonin on its own.
Another important compound naturally found in the brain is gamma amino butyric acid or GABA. GABA induces sleep naturally in healthy people, but, as with melatonin, insomnia sufferers are often not producing enough. Taking supplemental GABA can help break the insomnia cycle. It induces sleep quickly and naturally and helps your body get back on track.
Another important sleep promoter is valerian. Unlike melatonin and GABA, valerian isn’t naturally found in the body. Valerian is an herb that has been used for centuries to promote relaxation and healthy sleep. Valerian has been shown in studies to have a natural ability to promote restful sleep. Taking valerian can help your body to begin regulating its own sleeping patterns over time. It generally takes several weeks for the full benefits to be realized.
By supplementing your body with melatonin, GABA, and valerian you can overcome your insomnia by correcting the imbalances in your body preventing you from getting a good night’s rest.
Source by Annette Rogers