Most people require 7-8 hours of sleep per night to feel well and rested. However, 50% of Americans don’t get the sleep that they need or have problems with sleeping. Lack of sleep can actually exacerbate health problems and getting better sleep can improve your health.
Not enough sleep can lead to more than just pouring yourself an extra-large coffee in the morning. In fact, lack of sleep can cause:
Poor sleep is now even being linked to diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. If sleep is being linked to the progression of the disease process, then better sleep is at the root of both disease prevention and management. We should be concerned with the quality of the sleep we are getting and the importance of optimizing sleep quality to improve healing, wellness, and quality of life.
If you are having a problem with sleep, Dr. Aviva Romm, MD, author of the Adrenal Thyroid Revolution has some great suggestions to improve sleep and overall wellness. Here are some of the recommendations that she offers in her book and on her website.
It’s important to remember that these are suggestions to get you started. Speak with your physician regarding herbal supplements to ensure that they are safe with any conditions that you might have or with other medications that you are taking.
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