WARNING: Stop Cheating Your Body of Sleep!
There are a slew of reasons to explain why so many of us are fatigued, drained of energy, and unable to get through our day on full steam. Let me count (some of) the ways…
Bad food choices. Too little exercise. Toxic relationships. Financial insecurity. Medication side effects. Depression.
The list might not be endless, but it sure is long.
But without question, the simplest, most obvious, explanation as to why we are chronically, constantly fatigued, is this: We just don’t get enough sleep.
When I lived in New York, I knew people who liked to flaunt their lack of sleep like a badge of honor. It was like their own personal gold star of productivity, their personal statement that their time was simply much too valuable to waste sleeping.
“I’ll sleep when I’m dead” was a common refrain. Together now, let’s all roll our eyes.
To these folks, habitual eight-hour-a-night snoozers were people with nothing more important to do with their nights.
Those Masters of the Universe didn’t appreciate that sleep is not only a valuable commodity; it’s literally the currency our body runs on.
Studies have shown time and time again that to be our most productive, a good night’s sleep is essential. So if we want to stay healthy and energetic, there is nothing better we can do with our late nights than climbing into bed and getting a good, sound sleep.
Good sleep is not a luxury—it’s a necessity.
Good sleep habits are the structural foundation to energy. And if that structure is weak then eating well, exercising regularly, managing stress, and following all the other strategies we believe in will be like spackling and painting the cracks on the wall of a house with a faulty foundation.
It might look good for a while, but the house will still be crumbling underneath. Unless you attend to the cause of those cracks, you’ll never have a sound structure.
Keep depriving your body of the sleep it needs (and deserves) and eventually—like the house with the faulty foundation—it’ll simply collapse.
“Our culture has forgotten what it means to be awake,” said Robert Stickgold, PhD from Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Science. “I think we spend most of our days a little bit groggy and a little bit inefficient.”
Cheating sleep makes you more prone to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, and anxiety. It resets our internal clock, throwing off our endocrine, immune, and metabolic systems. And, oh yeah, lack of sleep makes you dull and fat.
By getting adequate sleep, you’ll perform better, feel better, and your energy levels will soar.
And the good news is there are a number of products that can help you with sleep.
Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate sleep and has a great reputation for helping with jet lag. It’s also a tremendous antioxidant and may have cancer-protective actions as well.
Lipopure Melatonin Drops is a fast delivery system and allows you to easily adjust the dose (1.5 mg per dropper). Each dropper full also contains 1.5 mg of vitamin B6 which helps with inhibitory neurotransmitters necessary to calm the body and help promote restful sleep. All of which helps you stay asleep better.
Magnesium is the nutrient most associated with relaxation—of the blood vessels, the muscles, and even the mind. And most of us don’t get nearly enough. Two caps at bedtime will help your muscles relax and reduce stress. It’s helpful to take along with the melatonin for better relaxation, especially if you are feeling tension anywhere.
And, incidentally, the glycinate form will not give you any digestive problems.
Then there are the herbs known to support healthy sleep and a calm mood.
This product combines five of herbs renowned for their capacity to help you sleep—valerian, passion flower, skullcap, lemon balm and hops—in a synergistic formula that supports healthy sleep and a calm mood.
And finally, for you insomniacs, there’s Insomnitol, a combo of valerian, passionflower, lemon blam, chamomile, GABA, 3 mg of melatonin (so you don’t have to take it separately), plus 100 mg of L-theanine (an anti-stress nutrient found in green tea), and 5-HTP (a precursor to serotonin). If you don’t sleep right now, try this combo and I bet you will.
Sleep is not a luxury. You can’t wait and do it when you’re dead (after all, it won’t matter then anyway!). You need to sleep, and sleep well, if you want to be healthy. Period. So if you have problems with sleep, try these products. I believe you’ll be pleasantly surpised with the results … not to mention a whole lot more well rested.
Wishing you health and happiness,
The Rockwell Nutrition Team