The Importance of a Good Night's Sleep

THE IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP

The amount of time Australians spend asleep has been dropping for years.

Census figures report we get an average of 8.5 hours, whilst diaries from 

the Victorian era show adults slept for as many as 10 hours a night.

WHY DO WE NEED SLEEP?

We need sleep to repair and grow, consolidate memory, build a healthy

immune system and to combat the build up of damaging free radicals in 

the brain. Lack of sleep contributes to anxietyand depression, high blood 

pressure, increased risk of heart disease, insulin resistance, diabetes, 

obesity, weight gain and dementia. Even short term sleep deprivation 

increases our susceptibility to colds and flus, and delays wound healing.

Put simply, sleep is essential for your health and wellbeing.

WHAT MAKES US SLEEP?

Sleep is initiated by a neurotransmitter called GABA, which is released through 

the action of melatonin. Melatonin is produced from the amino acid tryptophan, 

with the: help of the nutrients magnesium, zinc, folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12. 

Its release is increased by darkness and reduced by bright light, so it increases at night 

and drops off during the day. Interestingly, studies have shown melatonin levels are

lower at the time of the full moon, meaning that we may sleep slightly less and that

our sleep is less restorative at this time.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU WANT MORE?

Let's look at some diet and lifestyle solutions first. To ensure your melatonin .

levels are optimal you need to make sure you are exposed to bright sunlight in the

morning hours and avoid bright lights such as television and computer screens before

bed. It is also important to make sure you. have adequate intake of the 'ingredients'

to make melatonin. These are tryptophan, from high quality protein, and Magnesium,

 zinc and B vitamins from whole-grains.

Some products that may be of use to help you get those Zzzzzz's

Bioceuticals Zinc Sustain

Bioceuticals Iron Sustain

Ethical Nutrients Megazorb Mega Magnesium 60 Tablets

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