Millions of Americans suffer from sleepless nights. According to a 2011 Sleep in America poll, 63% of Americans say their sleep requirements aren't met—particularly during the week—and that this negatively impacts their mood, family life, home responsibilities and social life.
A good night’s sleep, on the other hand, is positively associated with improved memory, learning, immune function and metabolism. Here are several ideas to help the sleep-deprived become the sleep-satisfied.
Charles Czeisler MD, from the Harvard Medical School Sleep Program explains that daytime artificial lighting slows the release of melatonin—the sleep-promoting hormone, and it "shifts circadian rhythms to a later hour—making it more difficult to fall asleep." Circadian rhythm is the 24-hour sleep/wake cycle. Suggestions include minimizing exposure to artificial light before bed (TV, cells, computers etc.) and not sleeping with lights or TV on.
Next, wind down with sleep-supportive products from BodyHealth:
Developed by BodyHealth’s founder Dr. David Minkoff M.D., Healthy Sleep Ultra is designed to support a healthy sleep/wake cycle through natural substances made in your body: the hormone melatonin and the neurotransmitter serotonin to promote a restorative sleep. In addition to other ingredients, it also contains two amino acids that have sleep-promoting and relaxing effects—L-Glycine and L-Glutamine. With no morning grogginess, you can take it even in the middle of the night to promote a restful sleep.
If you prefer herbal-based products, Optimum Sleep Assist will help you drop off so your body can actively repair itself while you sleep. In addition to melatonin, it contains:
All-natural sleep products Healthy Sleep Ultra and Optimum Sleep Assist promote a restorative, blissful night's sleep. They can be taken separately, or in combination for those needing a little extra help dozing off.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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If you search for “energy supplement” on amazon, you get over 4,000 results.
How can any reasonable human sift through all that and find the ones that work? Or which ones are bogus?
I did a deep dive into the truth about “increasing your energy” in another article. It gives you a framework for understanding how real energy supplements work and why.
But here I want to do something different.
I want to get practical and tactical with 10 proven ways to boost energy production in your cellular energy factories –– your mitochondria.
We’ll start with the lifestyle and dietary ways to boost your mitochondria and then look at a few powerful supplements.
Let’s start with the cheapest...
Your average health food store has an entire section devoted to “energy.”
The products on the shelf, with their fancy logos and specially designed packaging, make grandiose claims about what they will do for your “energy levels.”
But the truth?
Most of them are stimulants in disguise, artificially jacking you up to give you the sensation of energy.
But in the end, they do more harm than good. They increase cortisol, cause dehydration, and deplete you.
Because almost none of them do anything on the biological level that supports your real energy system: your mitochondria and metabolism.
That’s why in this article I want to show you what to look for with any new supplement.... and why.
It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” according to Andy Williams. Or should it be the most wonderFULL time of the year? I’m referring to the last 6 weeks of the year which is fraught with one nutritional landmine after another.
Let’s face it, things like pumpkin pie, stovetop stuffing, eggnog, pumpkin-spiced lattes, peanut brittle, homemade fudge, and divinity only make their appearance during this brief window so we might as well gorge ourselves with as much as we can, right?
No wonder the average American gains 2 to 5 pounds (or more) over the holidays. You’d think we were part bear by eating all…the…things before going into several months of hibernation. Unfortunately, this is a major reason people gradually gain weight over the course of years and decades. Gaining weight is easy while losing it is another story.