Thursday, January 7, 2010

Insomnia - Sweet Dreams

Sleeplessness is a serious problem, but it should respond to simple solutions. It may be caused by a variety of drugs, low blood sugar, asthma, stress, or even a lack of certain minerals such as caldium and magnesium.

The mineral magnesium, with its muscle relaxing properties, can help you get to sleep more readily. Two hours before bedtime, take 400 milligrams of magnesium, along with 50 milligrams of vitamin B6 to facilitate the body's use of magnesium. Of course, you should always check with your doctor before taking any supplements.

Eating lots of lettuce late in the evening may help you get a more restful night's sleep. But, be aware that lettuce acts as a diuretic, so while it may relax you so you can fall asleep, it may also wake you so you can go to the bathroom.

Eliminating salt from your evening meal can help sleeplessness. So can cutting out after-dinner snacks. In fact, it is recommended that you have your last meal several hours before you turn in for the night.

Goat's milk has been known to help some insomniacs get some zzzzs. Try drinking six ounces of goat's milk before each meal and another six ounces before bedtime. Some people have reported a better night's sleep within a week. Goat's milk is available in some health food stores.

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