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Insomnia (sometimes referred to as 'sleeplessness',) is a common form of sleep disorder, where the sufferer is not able to fall asleep (or stay asleep as long) as they would like. It affects one in four people globally and can significantly diminish quality of life.
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Insomnia Info

Insomnia can occur at any age, but it is particularly common in the elderly. Insomnia can be short term (up to three weeks) or long term (above 3–4 weeks), which can lead to memory problems, depression, irritability and an increased risk of heart disease and automobile related accidents.

Those who are having trouble sleeping sometimes turn to sleeping pills, which can help when used occasionally but may lead to dependence or addiction if used regularly for an extended period.

There are natural health remedies available that may help you sleep. 

Elevated melatonin levels coincide with the body's normal time for sleeping. L-tryptophan (as found in 5-HTP) is an amino acid that serves as a precursor for serotonin and melatonin and thus promotes better sleeping patterns.

Presence of melatonin is highly correlated with the body's sleep-wake cycle (as controlled by the circadian cycle.) Low melatonin levels have been linked to insomnia, particularly in the elderly. Several studies have found that melatonin supplementation is able to improve sleep. 

Magnesium is a mineral that plays a role in cellular communication and regulation of circadian rhythms. As sleep restriction increases, intracellular magnesium concentrations decline. Magnesium supplementation combined with melatonin and zinc has been shown to improve sleep in the elderly 

Zinc may also play a role in facilitating sleep. One study observed that women with high levels of zinc in their bodies slept for longer periods of time than women with low levels (Song 2012). As mentioned above, when combined with melatonin and magnesium, zinc also supported quality of sleep in the elderly (Rondanelli 2011). Among children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, zinc (in combination with magnesium and omega-3 & omega-6 fatty acids) helped relieve problems falling asleep (Huss 2010).

Valerian is a sedative herb that has been used for over 300 years as a treatment of insomnia. Valerian root helps reduce brain activity and allows users to fall asleep more easily. The typical dose of valerian is about 300 to 600 mg, taken between half an hour and two hours before going to bed. It may take up to two weeks of daily usage for the sedative effect to take place. Chamomile is used as a tea to promote sleep and relaxation. Passionflower is also  known for its sedative and anxiety-reducing effects. Lavender oils have been used for the treatment of insomnia. Some studies have found that lavender oil improves sleep quality and reduces feelings of drowsiness after awakening.

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    After gaining a traumatic head injury 18 years ago I found my sleep greatly affected. It wasn’t until a few years later I feel pregnant and we’re unable to take sleeping pills. Though a friend I found this product tart cherry sleep which I use each night for the past 15 years. A brilliant aid to assist a perfect nights sleep.

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    Unfortunately this has the opposite affect on me, and I had a much worse sleep than if I had just taken nothing. This is my second time trying these as I had forgotten about trying them in the past with no luck. Exact same this time though, I found it harder to fall asleep, couldn’t stay asleep, and woke with all blankets and sheets pulled off the bed, so no restful sleep in between periods of waking either. Also found the magnesium in this quite a lot more irritating than the clinicians magnesium I take regularly at a much lighter dose. I didn’t take my regular magnesium with this so as to avoid double ups, and still had issues, starting partway through the night. I also found that I felt very anxious each time I woke, probably because my mind didn’t shut down at any point, and had to take my anxiety meds which I usually avoid as much as possible first thing in the morning to try and calm down. Maybe this is just not the best option for people not sleeping due to anxiety or stress.

    Angela

    5/02/19

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    This oil is o.k... I bought the Organic Citrus and fragrance very gentle & price good value. However I was a little disappointed when I recieved this to discover the ingredient listing shown on Healthpost is incorrect & this product actually also contains preservative by way of Benzoates YUCK Will use but not repurchase because of these ingredients which I prefer to avoid, especially for bubba.

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