Zinc to Sleep
Getting a good night's sleep is a problem for many contacting the Polio Clinic. A lot are finding taking 2 - 4 zinc tablets (220mg) before they go to bed makes a big difference. If you are troubled by a "racing" mind ie you keep thinking about something - then you need more zinc. Whether it is trying to get to sleep in the first place or waking up later and not being able to get back to sleep - zinc may be your answer.
Take extra magnesium if you are restless, toss & turn, legs ache or cramp. My 4 year-old grand-daughter rocked herself out of bed & ground her teeth until she got more magnesium. Since she has been on extra zinc her learning and speech has also
improved and she sleeps all night. - And so now - I can too. Tessa
Sleep Surfing - Catch the newt
I've always enjoyed reading my book in bed before I go to sleep and it would amaze me why one minute I couldn't keep my eyes open and yet when I had finished the chapter and turned off the light I could not get to sleep and ended up tossing and turning for hours.
One day I read that sleep comes in 'waves' - your body gradually lulls itself into a sleepy state but if you force yourself to stay awake then that wave of sleep passes - and you have to wait for the next one.
Now I wait for the signs that I am getting sleepy - eye lids drooping, concentration wandering, reading the same line again - and as soon as it happens I put down my book, turn off the light and I am asleep before my head hits the pillow!
So make sure everything is ready before you go to bed - no getting out of bed to close the blinds or check the doors are locked. Shift your lamp so you can turn it off without having to move too far.
And . . - no trying to finish that chapter . . . Debbie
Can't Sleep - Warm Your Feet
Warm feet -- a sign of healthy blood flow -- may help induce restful sleep. So warming up cold feet, such as with an old-fashioned hot water bottle, could help those who have trouble falling asleep.
Thermoregulation - the body's heat distribution system - is strongly linked to sleep cycles. Even lying down increases sleepiness by redistributing heat in the body from the core to the periphery.
Blood flow is a prime method of distributing heat evenly throughout the body. Poor blood flow can cause a reduction in the temperature of the extremities, and researchers theorized that cold hands and feet might therefore be associated with sleeplessness as well. Increases in blood flow in the hands and feet, rather than diet, light or taking melatonin, was the best predictor of the body's readiness for sleep.
So increasing temperature in the extremities -- such a hot bath or shower before bed, a hot water bottle at the feet, bedsocks, or an electric blanket could help induce sleep more quickly.
Donít you just love these simple easy remedies?
NB - Magnesium also warms cold hands/feet.
EPSOM SALTS bath (2-3 times a week)
provides needed magnesium & sulphur
Put 1 - 2 cups Epsom salts in a hot bath. (buy in bulk at Stock Feed Store eg City Farmers) If bath not possible try feet/ legs in tub of water. Soak for 20 mins Pat dry with towel. Don't rinse off.
* Muscle Aches & Pains relieved
* Body calmed
* Sleep improves immediately
* Blood sulphur increases X 4
SIGNS of LOW SULPHUR - red ears, face flushes easily, night sweats, black eyes, smelly bedclothes, thirsty, poor thyroid function, aches & pains muscles/joints
NB Don't do if impaired kidneys & - Not too hot if blood pressure high
Or for smelly BO, night sweats or smelly bedclothes take daily - MSM 1500mg - 3000mg
NB - helps irritable bowel problems too
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