Get to Sleep Naturally
A good night’s sleep is essential for feeling your very best, but almost 2 in 3 Canadian adults struggle to get the rest they need.1 Instead of turning to medications that leave you feeling groggy, natural sleep aids can help you fall asleep more easily and get better quality sleep, so you can wake up feeling refreshed and ready to embrace the day! At Natural Factors, we want to help you catch those ZZZs. Check out the information below to learn more about the importance of sleep, and how it plays such an important role in your overall health.
Importance of Getting a Good Sleep
Sleep plays a vital role in optimal health and well-being. Quality sleep gives the mind and body time to rest and recuperate, and even a single night of disrupted sleep can adversely affect physical and mental health, leading to decreased productivity and energy, poor mood regulation, lowered immune function, and increased susceptibility to stress, as well as an increased risk of accidents and injury. Still, 1 in 3 Canadian adults get fewer than seven hours of sleep a night!2
Did You Know? 4 Sleep Facts
Just one night of bad sleep increases the stiffness of your arteries! Acute sleep deprivation, even for just one night, increases arterial stiffness, meaning that your body finds it harder to regulate blood pressure and maintain healthy circulation.5
A lack of quality sleep could raise your risk of a heart attack by 48%. People who get less than 7 hours of sleep a night have been found to have a 48% increased risk of fatal and non-fatal coronary heart disease events compared to those who get 8 hours of sleep a night.6
Getting good quality sleep may reduce your risk of PTSD. Preliminary research suggests that optimizing sleep quality after a traumatic event could help lower your risk of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.7 Good quality sleep is vital for helping your body handle stress.
Side Effects of Lack of Sleep
Just a single night of disrupted sleep can impair your reaction times, productivity, and resilience against stress, and lead to irritability and daytime fatigue. In the long-term, sleeplessness raises your risk of serious health problems, and may itself indicate a serious underlying health issue. If you’re tired of being tired, speak to your healthcare provider for professional medical advice.
Lack of quality sleep is associated with:
- Poor appetite control, increased food intake, and obesity
- Insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, and Type 2 diabetes
- Increased risk of accident and injury
- Low mood, irritability, and anxiousness
- Increased blood pressure, arterial stiffness, and cardiovascular disease
- Increased susceptibility to stress
The Big 3: Common Reasons for Trouble Sleeping
Many things can affect sleep duration and quality. The Big 3 are stress and anxiety, a racing mind, and changes in sleep schedule. Other factors include exposure to artificial light, caffeine, and work, social, and family demands, as well as underlying health problems.
Stress & Anxiety
Stress and anxiety are primary causes of sleeplessness. And, as a lack of sleep makes you more susceptible to stress and anxiety, this can create a vicious cycle that’s hard to break. Finding effective ways to manage stress and anxiety can help improve sleep quality and reduce the time it takes to fall asleep, so you wake feeling refreshed and better able to handle whatever life throws at you.
A racing mind can make it hard to relax and get to sleep in a timely fashion, even if you go to bed early enough to get a good eight hours of rest. Taking steps to calm a racing mind and promote relaxed brain wave patterns at bedtime can make all the difference, allowing you to get the refreshing and restorative sleep you need for optimal health and well-being.
Changes In Schedule
Changes in sleep schedule are a primary cause of insomnia and sleep disturbances. These might be short-term changes associated with travel, jet lag, or caring for a family member with an acute illness, or changes related to being a long-term caregiver, shiftworker, or new parent.
Whatever it is that has disrupted your normal routine, getting enough good quality sleep remains essential for a healthy body and mind.
Safe and effective natural remedies can help you get back on track, resetting your circadian rhythm so you can enjoy refreshing, restorative sleep.
How Sleep Works
Everybody has an internal clock that regulates their sleep-wake cycle (circadian rhythm). This system is controlled by the pineal gland in the brain, which responds to levels of light (specifically blue light) to help us feel awake during the day and sleepy once the sun goes down. Once you are asleep, you move through various stages in a predictable pattern. This pattern has two key components:
4 Stages of Non-REM Sleep
The first stage of sleep lasts only seven minutes or so and happens just minutes (or even seconds!) after falling asleep. During this stage, brain wave patterns switch to alpha and theta waves and your eye movements slow down, but sleep is light, so you can easily be woken by noises or other stimuli.
In the second stage of non-REM sleep, your brain has a sudden increase in brain wave frequency (known as sleep spindles) followed by a slowing down of brain waves. This stage of sleep is also fairly light but moves you closer to a deeper sleep, so if you are planning a power nap, you would want to wake during this stage of sleep.
Deep sleep begins in stage three, when your brain begins to produce slower delta waves and your muscle and eye movements cease entirely. You are much less likely to respond to stimuli during this stage of sleep.
As you move into stage four sleep, your brain produces even more delta waves and it becomes much harder to wake up. This is the most restorative stage of sleep, where your body replenishes energy stores and releases chemicals to support immune function and the repair and growth of muscles and other tissues.
REM sleep, which stands for rapid eye movement, occurs about 90 minutes after you first fall asleep and can last up to an hour. This is the most active phase of sleep. You dream during REM sleep and your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing all increase. The average adults has 5-6 rounds of REM sleep every night. This stage of sleep is vital for learning and memory as this is when your brain is busiest ‘filing away’, processing, and consolidating information you have learned during the day.
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How it Works – More than just Melatonin
L-theanine is an amino acid found in tea leaves that promotes relaxation and helps calm the mind. L-theanine enhances the production of alpha brain waves, which are associated with a relaxed state of mind. It also inhibits the activity of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamic acid and enhances the release of gamma-amino-butyric acid (GABA), a calming neurotransmitter that promotes relaxation, memory, and a healthy sleep pattern. 5-HTP is an amino acid derived from tryptophan, the compound in turkey that is associated with a sleepy, satisfied feeling. 5-HTP is used by the body to make serotonin, an important neurotransmitter that plays a key role in initiating sleep and regulating mood. 5-HTP can cross the blood-brain barrier to increase serotonin levels in the brain, which helps to promote REM sleep and regulate the circadian rhythm. Melatonin is the body’s natural sleep hormone, produced in the brain each evening when darkness falls. Melatonin safely and effectively resets the body’s “biological clock” to promote sleep quality and a longer duration of sleep. Melatonin and serotonin are part of a complementary cycle, with melatonin enhancing the ability for GABA to bind to receptors in the brain and inhibiting a specific system in the brain (the reticular activating system) to help regulate the sleep-wake cycle.
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Related Blog Posts
1- Statistics Canada. (2017). Duration and quality of sleep among Canadians aged 18 to 79. Health Reports, Sept, 28(9):28-33. Health Matters. Available: https://css-scs.ca/files/resources/publications/SleepCanadianAdults_CHMS.pdf
2- Chaput et al., 2017
3- McNeil J, Doucet É, Chaput JP. (2013). Inadequate sleep as a contributor to obesity and type 2 diabetes.
4- Can J Diabetes, Apr; 37(2):103-8. 5- Anothaisintawee T, Reutrakul S, Van Cauter E, Thakkinstian A. (2016). Sleep disturbances compared to traditional risk factors for diabetes development: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Sleep Med Rev, Dec;30:11-24.
6- Sunbul M, Kanar BG, Durmus E, Kivrak T, Sari I. (2014). Acute sleep deprivation is associated with increased arterial stiffness in healthy young adults. Sleep Breath, Mar; 18(1):215-20.
7- Cappuccio FP, Cooper D, D’Elia L, Strazzullo P, Miller MA. (2011). Sleep duration predicts cardiovascular outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies. Eur Heart J, Jun; 32(12):1484-92.