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The Importance of Sleep Part 3

By Dr. Daemon Jones Expert HERWriter
 
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If you are not sleeping well it could be because you do not have good sleep hygiene, stress related functions, imbalanced neurotransmitters, medication interruption or a symptom of another health condition. The way you prepare for sleep can help reduce your stress levels and rebalance your neurotransmitters. Yes there is such a concept of sleep hygiene it is the way that you get ready for bed each night. It is important to have the same routine that you follow each evening before you go to sleep, it mentally prepares your body relax and go to sleep. Include in your sleep routine relaxing activities like taking a bath, spraying your bed with lavender oil, or whatever is relaxing to you. It is important to make your bedroom is as dark as possible use blinds or curtains to darken your room and turn off the TV, cell phones, and computer before sleep. The light from electronic devices actually stimulates your brain and makes it harder to relax not easier. This means TV doesn’t help you fall asleep. You can have the more restful and restorative sleep as your corisol levels are low than after 12:00pm when you cortisol levels are on the rise for the next day. Try to go to bed around 10:00pm because our cortisol levels are lowest around 10:30 and begin to rise after that time.

If you are taking medications for a pre-existing condition then check the label to see if a side effect is inability to sleep. If so you need to consult your physician or see a naturopathic physician to work with your doctor create better overall health including better sleep.

Live Vibrantly and Sleep well,

Dr. Dae

Dr. Dae's website: www.healthydaes.org
Dr. Dae's book: Daelicious! Recipes for Vibrant Living can be purchased @ www.amazon.com or www.healthydaes.org

Dr. Dae's Bio:

Daemon "Dr. Dae" (pronounced Dr. Day) Jones is a Naturopathic Physician who completed her training at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is certified as a General Practitioner by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE). Dr. Dae provides tailored treatment to meet the unique needs of every individual she sees in her practice.

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