Trouble Sleeping? A Problem for Old and Young
You must get a sufficient amount of sleep! This is the time your body rebuilds. Many hormones are also released during sleep, including growth hormones. Studies show that millions of people are sleep deprived.
There are two sleep problems, both are related to stress.
Problems falling asleep. This typically occurs because the body is producing stimulating hormones and brain messengers late in the day. This can be a result of an adrenal problem, or performing stimulating tasks (TV, video games, business, etc.) in the evening.
- Waking up in the middle of the night. Two of the primary causes for this problem are adrenal fatigue and blood sugar problems. Your adrenals can be too tired and fail to get your brain enough energy – so the brain calls in 'reinforcements' … stimulatory hormones, which raise sugar levels enough to energize and wake you.
Sleep Problems Span All Age Groups!
Health Day News reported that 'more than 80 percent of American children who visit a doctor for help combating sleep problems are given some form of sleep medication...despite the fact that no sleeping pills are currently approved for use in kids.'
It's also disturbing to note that a National Sleep Foundation poll revealed that sleep difficulties are extremely widespread among the young. They found that 60 percent of boys and girls under the age of 11 experience sleep troubles!
It is not normal for children to have sleep problems. Good sleep is extremely important for their healthy growth!
If you or your child is having sleep problems, here are a few things you should consider:
- What are you eating in the evening? Eliminate sugar, caffeine and simple carbohydrate foods. Try a NatraTech Super Food smoothie as an evening snack -- this does a great job of regulating blood sugar.
- Is stress a problem? Wind down with relaxing activities vs. video games, action television shows, etc.
- Get some exercise. Even a 30-minute walk can be very helpful.
- Follow a consistent sleep schedule. Get to bed at the same time each night and allow for 7-9 hours of sleep.
- Make sure the room is totally dark.
- Temperature is important too. Studies show that 68-70 degrees is optimal.