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Jan De Vries: Sleep Problems

Monday, 30 March 2009

As the clocks go forward it sometimes tough to get into that new sleep routine . Jan De Vries is here with all the answers!

How important is sleep?
Sleep is the most important thing in life, as a whole lot of things get to work whist you are sleeping! Especially the Lymphatic System which carries the waste material everyday. A good deep sleep is therefore very important. A lot of problems do not clear if the Lymphatic system is not cleared. If the Lymphatic system is not cleared, the waste material will poison the blood, and other problems can occur.

The average person requires 7 to 8 hours sleep per night and, although it is considered an old wives tale, the hours of sleep before midnight are the most beneficial. Bear in mind that our lymphatic system replenishes itself best during sleep. Poor sleep patterns lead to an increase in stress-related symptoms and result in a need to relax and escape life's hustle and bustle, as shown by a recent survey which estimated that 270,000 people take time off work as a result of work-related stress.

There are many symptoms of sleeping problems, for example difficulty in getting to sleep, recurrently waking in the night and a generally disturbed sleep. Looking at some of the factors that may contribute to this can help us to prevent or even cure some of these problems.

How do you know if you have sleep problems?

Do you . . .
. Feel irritable or sleepy during the day?
. Have difficulty staying awake when sitting still, such as when watching television or reading?
. Fall asleep sometimes while driving?
. Have difficulty paying attention or concentrating at work, school, or home?
. Perform below your potential in work, school, or sports?
. Often get told by others that you look tired?
. Have difficulty with your memory?
. React slowly?
. Have emotional outbursts?
. Feel like taking a nap almost every day?
. Require caffeinated beverages to keep yourself going?

Does diet affect sleep?
It is important to stick to a low protein diet if one is having problems sleeping.

What foods should we cut out of our diet in order to get a good nights sleep?
Animal Protein for instance can make ones mind very active. It is best to avoid eating at night, whilst watching television, products such as cheese and crackers, etc, and it would be better to drink some herbal teas, Dutch Herbal Tea, Melissa Tea, Chamomile Tea, and these should provide you with a good night's sleep.

Jans tips for a good nights sleep
. Reduce anxiety and stick to a day-night routine
. Don't nap during the day.
. Cut down on smoking and drinking.
. Avoid tea, coffee and other caffeinated drinks before bed.
. Don't exercise strenuously before bedtime.
. Avoid 'judging' your sleep on a day-to-day basis.

Jans recommended sleep remedies:
. Valerian Hops - €10.50
. Night Essence - €5.35
. Passiflora - €10.50
. Avena Sativa - €10.50