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Body Talk 17/6/19


Sleep is a problem for so many people these days, but what are the signs that you’re not getting enough? There can be many tell tale signs but most of us don’t know what they are. Teeth grinding, snoring and bad dreams are some of the things to look out for.

Constant snoring can be down to excess alcohol consumption, sleeping on your back or being overweight. When the air passages become blocked, it could be a warning of sleep apnea. Snoring can affect sleep quality and make you feel bad the next day. If you have dreams that wake you up in the night it’s important to feel relaxed before you sleep and maybe start to meditate or develop a relaxing routine before bedtime that doesn’t involve being on a phone or computer; the blue light can kep your brain very active.

If you grind your teeth, it could be a sign of stress or sleep apnea or both, so again a relaxing routine before bed is advisable.

If cramp has ever woken you up in the night, it could be a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium helps to calm the nervous system, and doesn’t need to be taken in tablet form, instead try a bath with magnesium flakes so it can be absorbed through the skin which is often more effective, or magnesium cream.

An overactive bladder can also be caused by stress, so if you need to get up in the night several times, try cutting down on caffeine and salt, both of which can cause stress to the physical body.

Sleep in natural fabric such as cotton, which stops your body from overheating.

If you do suspect that you have more serious underlying problems then it my be time to see your doctor or a sleep specialist.

 

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