Sleep well to dream well...Feb 14, 2022
When was the last time you enjoyed your dreams or even got insight from them?
Slow living, includes reveling in your dreams and getting interesting insight from them.
But many of you might not even be at the stage of getting enough good quality, healing, rejuvenating, memory-boosting sleep...
Sleep is super duper essential for the mother of the home to make sound decisions for the family, to be a pro-active parent, reactive to the needs of our children, and to be a patient and understanding life partner to our spouse...
Without sleep, I find these areas pale in performance. (And annoyingly, when the adults aren't doing so well, the kids play up even more!)
Well, don't blame your personality, or call yourself lazy until you've looked at these nutrients to optimize your sleep.
In my previous blog, we talked about brain nutrients and they also contribute to good sleep. I'll repeat one superstar though:
- Magnesium (as Glycinate) 200-400mg as you know is my all-time favorite for all things and everything.
In particular, when taken in the evening can help calm the nerves, soften tension in the body, and assist the natural drift towards cozy slumber!
Have you tried my small-batch pure stuff yet? It's not easy to find such quality in mass-made supplements and I'm so glad to be able to provide it to you.
- Melatonin is produced naturally by the body especially when the body's cortisol (stress hormone) wanes towards the end of the day.
Thus when you're working on a project at night or having something stressful to think about, cortisol prevents melatonin from being optimally produced and is one of the mechanisms by which stress can affect sleep.
In this case, supplementing with 1.5mg-3mg of melatonin is physiological and mimics the body's natural melatonin doses.
Tiny amounts go a long way, and I find with melatonin, bigger doses don't always mean a bigger response.
- B6 (Pyridoxine) is a funny one. Too little of it causes a lack of dreams! So if you want lots of lucid dreams, get 25mg a night. Take note though, that if you've had a deficiency, topping up will mean your dreams come back with an interesting bang, and may take some time to adjust to normal levels.
About 1% of people do not get sleepy with B6, and conversely, get more awake. Sadly, that is me.
How's your sleep?
What's been a game-changer for you? What's your biggest struggle with it?
ps. I'm currently accepting patients into my functional medicine program!