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Sleep Remedy

For some of us, getting sleep doesn't come as easily or naturally as it used to, or as it should.  Following crazy schedules and having lot of things to think about can mean that getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night becomes a luxury. In this section, we offer multiple types of sleep remedies and natural products to help you achieve peaceful slumber. What keeps us awake?  |   What are some common sleep disorders?  |  What is insomnia?  |  Types of insomnia  |  Symptoms  |  Causes  |   Lifestyle tips to help relieve insomnia  |  Natural remedies Prices are Inclusive of GST (sales Tax).

Page updated 06/04/18 12:47:36 p.m.
Remifemin Sleep Tablets 30
Remifemin Sleep Tablets 30
SKU 2383640
$34.99
Sleep by Remifemin is a combination of three herbs that have been used traditionally to help people who suffer from nervous restlessness (daytime) or insomnia/poor sleep quality (nighttime). It may help to: - Promote calm and restfulness - Support the onset of sleep and healthy sleep quality and quantity - Allow you to wake refreshed with no daytime sleepiness
CLINICIANS REM SLEEP 30 CAPSULES
CLINICIANS REM SLEEP 30 CAPSULES
SKU 2397935
$21.99
Clinicians REM Sleep is a nutrient formulation designed to help support normal sleeping patterns. Clinicians REM Sleep contains 5-HTP with known properties that may help to calm and relax the muscles and nerves.
CLINICIANS REM SLEEP CAPSULES 60
CLINICIANS REM SLEEP CAPSULES 60
SKU 2277832
$32.99
Clinicians REM Sleep is a nutrient formulation designed to help support normal sleeping patterns. Clinicians REM Sleep contains 5-HTP with known properties that may help to calm and relax the muscles and nerves.
NATURES OWN COMPLETE SLEEP ADVANCED 30 TABS
NATURES OWN COMPLETE SLEEP ADVANCED 30 TABS
SKU 2403110
$29.99
Natures Own Complete Sleep Advanced Tablets may be able to help support the body in dealing with the symptoms associated with sleeplessness. It's an improved formulation that now contains hops and twice the amount of lactium.
GOHEALTHY SLEEP SUPPORT VEGECAPS 60
GOHEALTHY SLEEP SUPPORT VEGECAPS 60
SKU 2295970
$43.99
You may want to take Go Healthy Go Sleep Support if you suffer from insomnia, have difficulty falling asleep, have a busy mind at night, frequently wake up during the night or wake up feeling tired and stressed. It is a gentle and calming formula that may help to promote relaxation and may support a good night's sleep.
BACH RESCUE SLEEP SPRAY
BACH RESCUE SLEEP SPRAY
SKU 2249669
$37.50
An all natural sleep remedy, Bach Rescue Sleep Spray contains all natural ingredients with known properties to help calm a restless mind. It may provide you with a natural relief for occasional sleeplessness.
CLINICIANS SLEEP SCIENCE 30s
CLINICIANS SLEEP SCIENCE 30s
SKU 2468352
$39.99
  • Powerful and unique new formulation
  • Contains ETA's, known to alleviate stress and worry
  • Promotes a calming effect
GOHEALTHY CHOLESTEROL SHIELD 30 CAPSULES
GOHEALTHY CHOLESTEROL SHIELD 30 CAPSULES
SKU 2457202
$28.99
Gohealthy Cholesterol Shield 30 Capsules
HOME ESSENTIALS LAVENDER OIL 25ML
HOME ESSENTIALS LAVENDER OIL 25ML
SKU 2349981
$15.99
The unmistakable scent of Lavender will refresh your rooms and your linen. It can be used in an aromatherapy burner or added to massage oils, body creams and bath water.
SLEEPDROPS FOR ADULTS 30ML
SLEEPDROPS FOR ADULTS 30ML
SKU 615002
$39.99
Help to get your normal sleep pattern back by using Sleep Drops for Adults 30ml. It contains 13 herbal remedies plus 11 Homeopathic sleep remedies that naturally help the body to restore sleeping patterns.
BACH RESCUE SLEEP SPRAY 10ML
BACH RESCUE SLEEP SPRAY 10ML
SKU 2249650
$24.99
An all natural sleep remedy, Bach Rescue Sleep Spray contains all natural ingredients with known properties to help calm a restless mind. It may provide you with a natural relief for occasional sleeplessness.
GOHEALTHY GO CHERRY SLEEP 30 VEGECAPS
GOHEALTHY GO CHERRY SLEEP 30 VEGECAPS
SKU 2429594
$24.99
All natural Go Healthy Go Cherry Sleep Vegecaps are specially formulated for individuals who may be suffering from sleeping problems. They contain high levels of naturally occurring bioactive phytonutrients, substances that may help to regulate and support a deep and restful sleep.
GOODHEALTH FAST ASLEEP 30 CAPS
GOODHEALTH FAST ASLEEP 30 CAPS
SKU 101009
$31.99
By taking GoodHealth Fast Asleep Capsules, it may assist in managing your stress and help to support healthy sleeping patterns. It may help you to wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Your Price!BLACKMORES TRANQUIL NIGHT 60 TABLETS
BLACKMORES TRANQUIL NIGHT 60 TABLETS
SKU 432075
$21.99$18.66
Blackmores Tranquil Night 60 Tablets
NZLAVENDER PURE LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
NZLAVENDER PURE LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
SKU 3011161
$10.99
Made from 100% natural lavender oil grown and distilled in NZ, it is hypoallergenic making it ideal for babies, the elderly and people with sensitive skin.
THOMPSONS SLEEP SUPPORT 60 TABLETS
THOMPSONS SLEEP SUPPORT 60 TABLETS
SKU 1407161
$44.99
Thompsons Sleep Support 60 Tablets
THOMPSONS GINKGO 6000 ONE A DAY 60 CAPSULES
THOMPSONS GINKGO 6000 ONE A DAY 60 CAPSULES
SKU 1407162
$36.99
Thompsons Ginkgo 6000 One A Day 60 Capsules
NATURES OWN COMPLETE SLEEP CAPSULE 60S
NATURES OWN COMPLETE SLEEP CAPSULE 60S
SKU 0937
$39.99
In order to get a quality night's sleep and wake up feeling refreshed, you may want to take Natures Own Complete Sleep Capsules. It contains an innovative combination of two key ingredients with known properties to help relieve stress as well as assist in healthy sleeping patterns.
NATURES OWN COMPLETE SLEEP CAPSULES 30S
NATURES OWN COMPLETE SLEEP CAPSULES 30S
SKU 2323877
$26.99
In order to get a quality night's sleep and wake up feeling refreshed, you may want to take Natures Own Complete Sleep Capsules. It contains an innovative combination of two key ingredients with known properties to help relieve stress as well as assist in healthy sleeping patterns.

What are the reasons that we stay awake at night?

Difficulty sleeping at night can be caused by a wide array of reasons.  In this section, we will shed light on some of the factors that affect sleep patterns at night.

Pain: People suffer from pain from time to time and it can be considered a normal part of human life. However, some people experience chronic pain that causes them to stay awake. Some common types of pain keeping people awake are: Headache, back pain, jaw muscle pain and joint pains.

Anxiety and stress:  Perhaps one of the most common things keeping people awake are  concerns in their lives that are causing stress. Money issues and marital concerns are the two most common causes of stress.

Snoring: If you snore, you're most likely not the person who will get affected and sleep less. It is your partner or roommate that is usually most affected. However, for those who suffer a more serious medical condition related to snoring, i.e. sleep apnea, then you will most likely stay awake for some time during the night.

Jet lag: When you frequently travel, your body adjusts to time zone. By crossing over time zones your internal clock is thrown off. Your brain tells you to sleep when it's dark and wake up when there's light. And when you switch to a different time zone, this image in your brain becomes distorted and your body adjusts accordingly; thus, it can cause temporary sleep pattern disturbances.

Shift work: When you work odd hours, your body's natural sleep pattern can be disrupted.

Hormonal changes: Certain symptoms related to menopause, menstruation and pregnancy can all affect regular sleep patterns. For example; hot flushes, tender breasts and frequent urination.

Medical illnesses: Some disorders and illnesses can cause sleeping difficulty. These may include lung disease or asthma as well as heart conditions.

Medication: Some medicines can also disrupt sleep, especially if you take these close to bedtime.

What are some common sleep disorders?

Nightmares: These are dreams with very graphic and disturbing content. Children commonly experience nightmares during REM sleep, but adults can also suffer from nightmares.

Sleep Talking: This disorder involves talking during sleep without being aware of it. It can either be complex dialogues or monologues. It can also be complete rubbish or mumbling. However, this is only short lived and is most common among males and children.

Sleepwalking: This originates during deep sleep and the person who suffer from it walks or performs other complex behaviours while sleeping. This is more common among children than in adults and most likely to happen when the child is sleep deprived.  

Delayed Sleep Disorder: People who suffer from this disorder have difficulty falling asleep at a particular conventional time and waking up at a socially acceptable morning time.

Excessive Sleepiness: This a condition when the person sleeps excessively during daytime resulting in a nighttime sleep disorder.

Extreme Sleepiness: This is a condition wherein the person who suffers from it sleeps more than nine hours at night and takes long naps during the day and still feels sleepy.

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is characterised by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. It is also defined as the inability to get the much needed amount of sleep that will allow you to wake up feeling rested and refreshed. And because different people have varying needs for sleep time, sleeping 8 hours a night will not guarantee a person will feel refreshed and completely rested the following day. Therefore, insomnia is more associated with the quality of sleep than the number of hours spent sleeping.

What are the types of insomnia?

There are 4 basic types of insomnia. Primary vs. Secondary and Acute vs. Chronic. Whether it is primary or secondary greatly depends on the cause. Whereas its duration as well as the frequency of episode defines whether it is acute or chronic.

Primary insomnia happens when a person has sleep problems that are independent of any other health condition or existing problem.

Secondary insomnia happens when a person has sleep problems that relate to some other condition. It can be because of a health condition, medication or taking substances like drugs or alcohol.

Acute insomnia - is diagnosed when it last from one night to a few weeks.
Chronic insomnia - is diagnosed when it lasts at least 3 nights a week and can extend to a month or longer.

What are the common symptoms of insomnia?

  • Sleepiness during day time and unable to perform daily tasks efficiently
  • Feeling tired, exhausted and irritable
  • Having difficulty concentrating or memory gaps
  • Can't sleep even when you feel tired
  • Frequent waking up during the night
  • Difficulty getting back to sleep when awakened
  • Wakes up very early in the morning

What causes insomnia?

Depending on what type of insomnia you have, the cause will vary.
For acute insomnia, the causes may include: Significant life changes that can be stressful (i.e. change in jobs or losing a job, death of a loved one, divorce or moving houses); illness, pain or discomfort, environmental factors such as noise, too much light, extreme temperatures that can all interfere with sleep; some medicines, jetlag and shift work.
For chronic insomnia, causes may include:  Depression and/or anxiety; chronic stress; and chronic pain or discomfort at night.

Identifying the cause of your insomnia

It might help to investigate patterns, habits as well as sleep routines in order to identify properly the probable cause or causes of insomnia.  If you are able to figure out the root cause, it is easier to target the treatment strategy.

Here is a list of recommended guide questions that can help identify the cause of your insomnia:

Are you under a lot of stress?
Are you depressed or feel emotionally flat or hopeless?
Do you struggle with chronic feelings of anxiety or worry?
Have you recently gone through a traumatic experience?
Are you taking any medications that might be affecting your sleep?
Do you have any health problems that may be interfering with sleep?
Is your sleep environment quiet and comfortable?
Are you spending enough time in sunlight during the day and in darkness at night?
Do you try to go to bed and get up around the same time every day?

Lifestyle tips to help relieve insomnia

Once you are able to identify what the habits that are leading to your sleep disorder, it is easier for you to change them.  It will help a lot to keep track of your daily habits and having a sleep diary may be a helpful tool too. In this diary, you will consciously log all your daytime activities, your sleep routine as well as any insomnia symptoms. By relating the items in your list, it will be easier for you to change your habits and solve your insomnia problem.   

Once you have identified those habits that affect your sleep pattern, you can now be empowered to make changes and adopt new ones.

Here are some ideas to help insomnia sufferers sleep better:

Make your room a conducive place to sleep. Put some sound proofing if noise is a problem in your area. Make it dark and cool to help you go to sleep faster.

Follow a regular sleep schedule. Be kind to your biological clock by going to bed and getting up at the same time every day. And this should include weekends.

Avoid taking naps. If you must take a break to extend your energy level, make it a habit to nap only 30 minutes and do this before 3 P.M.

Refrain from doing stimulating activities and getting involved in stressful situations before bedtime. Focus on quiet and soothing activities. You can opt to read, knit or listen to soft music using low lights.

Avoid using backlit devices or using the computer just before bed as this stimulates the brain.

Limit your caffeine, alcohol and nicotine intake, especially during nighttime.

Prepare your brain for sleeping. You can do this in the following simple ways: Increase light exposure during the day. It is best to take breaks outdoors to get exposed to sunlight. If your eyes can tolerate it, remove your sunglasses and whenever possible open your blinds and curtains during the day. And during night time, limit your exposure to artificial light. This is why it is recommended to avoid exposure to bright lights at night and turn off television, gadgets and computer screens at least an hour before bedtime. If this is not possible, use an eye mask.

What are the natural remedies for insomnia?

Sometimes popping a pill to get rid of insomnia can be avoided if you know the natural products that are available to help you sleep.

Magnesium and calcium can both help boost regular sleep patterns. By taking them together, the effect may be greater. Take 200 milligrams of magnesium to begin with and 600 milligrams of calcium.

Wild lettuce - can also be effective in calming restlessness and reducing anxiety.
Aromatherapy - lavender is a widely used herb to help relax and induce sleep. It is not only cheap but it is also safe and effective. If you can find a spray or a pillow with it, it will help a lot to put you into a lull.
Melatonin - is a natural hormone that controls sleep. It is why in cases of mild insomnia, experts recommend taking a low dose of melatonin.
Yoga and meditation - choose simple stretches and not the vigorous type of yoga before bedtime coupled with 5-10 minutes of meditation. Page updated 06/04/18 12:47:36 p.m.
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