Does the above picture of someone lying awake at night watching the hours tick by ring true to you? Read the sleep hygiene tips below to help improve your sleep.
Having great sleep hygiene involves creating habits that are necessary for getting a good nights sleep. Sleep hygiene is important for everyone and can prevent sleeping disorders. Even some small adjustments can be the difference between a good night sleep and a restless sleep. To have great sleep hygiene create the following habits:
- Avoid caffeine close to bedtime
- Avoid computer and cell phone use a couple of hours before bed. The blue/white light they omit disrupts your body’s circadian rhythm making sleep more difficult
- Get regular exercise
- Do something relaxing before bed
- Do not bring problems to bed or go to bed straight after an argument.
Still having trouble sleeping? Call our Natural Health Clinic on (09) 4444527 to ask about other ways we can help including Herbal Formulas, Flower Essences, Buteyko Breathing Courses. Or visit our website for more information http://www.simplygreathealth.co.nz
An Easy Way to Reduce Sugar Intake :
We all know we should be reducing our sugar content as it negatively impacts our immune system and is very inflammatory to our body. BUT we like chocolate. Lynda Smith from Nutrition for Life demonstrates how by careful selection we can still have chocolate and greatly reduce our sugar consumption. The pictures above show the sugar content of a bar of milk chocolate (top) and a dark 90% cacao bar (lower bar). Note how the top bag is full of sugar.
Dark chocolate contains less sugar, and dairy. Cacao is the purest form of chocolate and is full of antioxidants and minerals such as magnesium. The greater the percentage of cacao the higher the antioxidant level and the less sugar that bar of chocolate will contain. The Naturopaths at Simply Great Health, Albany, believe this is a great way to reduce sugar and boost your immune system. If you have a very sweet tooth this change to dark chocolate will take a bit of time, but persevere you will grow to love it and just look at how much sugar you will be avoiding.
At Simply Great Health we promote Naturopathic approach for our consultations. Various services such as Hemaview Live Blood Analysis, Homeopathy and Therapeutic Supplements are practiced at our North Shore based center in Albany, Auckland.