Natural Sleep Solutions – BT Toronto

6 Aug 2016 • Breakfast Television

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Sleep facts:

45% of Canadians wake up feeling groggy or tired from a poor night’s sleep on most mornings

60% would take a short nap during the day if they could

74% claim to get less than 7hrs – good news it’s not just about how many hours you clock on the pillow 

67% wish they had better quality 

20% use over-the-counter or prescriptions medications to fall asleep 

1) mindfulness technique using biofeedback can help see more at www.HeartMath.com

2) natural remedies that work include: dreamwater, pumpkin seed powder, valerian, magnesium, GABA 

3) a home remedy hack – the HOPS pillow (this is so cool and it really works! You can get hops from an herbal store in loose form. The “lupulin” that you breathe in is sedating. it’s the reason why hops growers for the beer industries to fall asleep on the job!)

4) sleep hygiene: keep room about 68 deg, totally dark and blacked out, intense work out should be done in the morning so as not to increase body temp), and wear socks so core temp goes down

5) nutrition: tart cherry juice, banana, small amount of carbohydrates (100-200 calories) 30 mins before bed, B6 vitamin rich food (like garlic and pistachio nuts) and calcium rich foods (like greens and organic dairy) help the brain use tryptophan to manufacture sleep triggering melatonin. Walnuts are a decent source of the amino acid  tryptophan. Almonds are rich in magnesium to help relax the nerves and enhance sleep. Chamomile tea can relax the nerves. There are also anecdotal reports of grapefruit juice enhancing sleep. Items that are known to interrupt sleep include alcohol, caffeine, and “energy drinks”

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