Good afternoon readers! Thought I’d share with you something I’ve been using for a while now. It’s called Melatonin, and it’s helped me get to bed early. A bonus if you have to get up real early for work! The only negative thing about taking melatonin capsules is that if you take them too late, you MAY wake up a bit groggy in the morning.
I think we sometimes take sleep for granted. We’re bombarded with lots of negative factors in our lives – some on a daily basis. How many of you struggle with stress, worrying, drinking too much coffee, not sleeping in a pitch black bedroom, and not eating a predominantly raw diet? All of those contribute in making you NOT get proper sleep.
WHAT IS MELATONIN?
It’s an important hormone that’s stored in your pineal gland in the brain. Melatonin helps maintain your body’s circadian rhythm – basically it tells you when you should fall asleep and when you should wake up.
When it’s real dark, your body produces more melatonin. That’s why it’s important to sleep in a dark bedroom. If you can see your hand before bed, your room isn’t dark enough. You’ll have to invest in some darker curtains and/or get a sleeping eye patch.
Melatonin levels drop when you get older. That’s why your grandparents never sleep in. It’s not that they don’t like sleeping or that they just want to get a head start in the day – it’s because they simply don’t produce enough melatonin!
WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT MELATONIN?
Trust me, you should care about this hormone. Low melatonin levels means you’re at a much greater risk for getting cancer. Melatonin kicks cancer’s butt. Studies have shown that melatonin is one of the best anti-cancer treatments known to man. It kills cancer cells! It’s crazy that the medical establishment and the media aren’t regularly pushing melatonin as a cancer treatment.
MELATONIN DEFICIENCY BRINGS:
- Depression and/or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s Diseases
- Accelerated Aging
- Increased Cancer Risk
- Decreased free radical deaths
- Risk of osteoporosis
HOW DO I GET BETTER SLEEP?
- Sleep in a pitch black bedroom. Oh, and never turn on the light if you have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
- Expose yourself to lots of bright sunlight in the daytime.
- Exercise, so you can optimize your sleep.
- Take melatonin tablets, BUT only if you suffer from sleeping issues.
- Get more Tryptophan – this amino acid makes melatonin, so eat more spinach, spirulina, mangoes, bananas, dried dates, oats, turkey, chicken, eggs, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and fish. Organic please.
- Disconnect your computer, switch off your mobile phone, & avoid having cables running all over your room. Make sure your bedroom is free of electro-magnetic fields (EMFs). EMFs disrupt your pineal gland’s production of melatonin.
- Don’t drink fluids within 2 hours of going to bed.
- Don’t watch TV before bed. Rather pick up a book.
- Try and stay away from processed foods. Aim to eat at least 80% raw a day to be really healthy. 🙂
- Avoid caffeine.
- Avoid alcohol.
- And… Avoid foods that make you gassy and bloated. For example, dairy and raw broccoli.