Problem 1: Restless legs
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) varies in severity but in general it causes an irresistible urge to shuffle your legs. The condition can also cause discomfort in the feet and calves, which disrupts natural sleep.
One way to fight the problem of RLS is through acupuncture treatments. Acupuncturist Rachel Peckham told us: “Traditional Acupuncture is known to be enormously beneficial for helping correct sleep problems. Most people find treatment wonderfully relaxing, as acupuncture is known to calm the nervous system and also affect hormonal outputs by increasing endorphin production."
Try it: To find a practitioner in your area call the British Acupuncture Council on 020 8735 0400 or visit www.acupuncture.org.uk
Problem 2: Stress
According to stress expert, Dr David Edwards, stress is a ‘collection of physiological, cognitive, affective and behavioural symptoms that are caused by difficult situations in our daily life’. Stress can affect everyone in different ways ranging from less severe symptoms such as headaches all the way up to depression and anxiety.
Often people leading stressful lives find it difficult to ‘switch off’ at night. Lying awake thinking about what you need to do tomorrow or the argument you had with a colleague at work can make sleeping impossible.
For short term relief from stressful sleep, Dr Edwards recommends Rhodiola Rosea, a supplement that can help to control the release of stress hormones while improving energy levels and concentration.
Try it: Vitano® contains Rhodiola rosea root extract 200mg and is available from Boots, leading pharmacies and health-food stores priced at £13.27 for 30 tablets. For further information visit www.vitano.co.uk.
Problem 3: Caffeine
Drinking tea and coffee throughout the day can have a negative impact when it comes to bed time. Try and avoid caffeine after 3pm and avoid sugary energy drinks on nights out.
Expert nutritionist Kirsten Brooks says: "Camomile is a wonderful herb with sedative properties, helping us to relax and encourage sleep. As a warm drink, it's a great way to unwind in the evening."
Try it: Heath and Heather's Camomile tea is gentle and soothing to encourage sleep. Available from £1.49 here!
Problem 4: Nocturnal Cramps
Night time cramps are a problem for over 13million people in the UK and 82% of women say that have suffered with the problem at some point in their lives.
Insomnia specialist, Dr Guy Meadows, told us: "Quality sleep is essential to ensure you feel regenerated and ready for the day ahead. Interruptions caused by emotional or health problems can be very detrimental to everyday life, making it harder to concentrate at work and affecting relationships. Frustration and anxiety about disturbed sleep can cause it to become even worse.
So don’t suffer in silence! Visit your doctor or local pharmacist to get night time cramps sorted.
Try it: Crampex is the only product available without prescription for the prevention and treatment of night cramps. It costs from £2.99 for a pack of 12 tablets and is available over the counter from pharmacies. More tips and advice can be found on www.goodsleepadvice.com.
Problem 5: Bloating
Much like the rest of your body, your digestive system needs time to rest and recuperate at night. Avoid eating a heavy, carb-rich meal late in the evening that will make you feel uncomfortably full when you go to bed.
45% of people admit to IBS and ongoing digestive health issues that disrupt sleep.
Try it: Sun Chlorella® ‘A’ is a natural green algae whole food supplement from Japan – an excellent choice for bloating as it contains 10% fibre, to help move food through the system more effectively. Sun Chlorella costs £21.95 for 300 tablets and is available from www.SunChlorella.co.uk,
Problem 6: Not tired enough
If you haven’t burned enough energy during the day, it’s likely that you’ll find bedtime a struggle. Justin Way, Personal Trainer from Pure Gym explains: "There are a million ways you can give yourself a workout at home without spending a penny on expensive equipment. When hoovering stand on your left leg whilst pushing and pulling the hoover around with your right arm. Hop to move around the room and alternate legs every 2 mins. This will work the core massively whilst bringing great tone to the legs and bum."
Try it: Pure Gym's 24-hour, no contract membership starts from £17.99 a month. For more information, visit www.puregym.com
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