This topic is big with me right now. I’ve been having a difficult time sleeping lately and it’s the most frustrating and destructive element of my health. The results of not sleeping for me are devastating. My MS symptoms are raging as my body is not getting enough restorative sleep.
What to do?
There are many, many articles and books on sleep hygeine and how important restorative sleep is for everyone.
Statistics show that a large percentage of our population is sleep deprived. This world we live in is in overdrive. This world we live in is full of “stress” promoting events. Every facet of our society is in chaos and the stress from all of this funnels down through each and every one of us.
Our bodies need sleep….deep and healing sleep. If we get good sleep our bodies heal from the wear and tear of daily life. Sleep helps promote a healthy heart and blood vessels and so much more. Sleep deficiency leads to all kinds of health issues. Lack of sleep can damage your heart, kidneys, contribute to anxiety and high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, mood and depression to name a few.
I know myself, when I don’t get sleep my body rebels on me with my MS and I become very weak and disabled moreso than normally. My mood is unstable. Lack of good quality sleep affects all of us that have a “sleep deficit”. It affects emotions, memory, ability to multitask, physical strength, coordination, appetite etc.
We all have different requirements in the sleep department but a good rule of thumb is to strive for 8 hours of good quality sleep each night. Some people perform well with 6 hours, others need 10 hours to feel rested during the day. A good bedtime rule is “early to bed and early to rise”. In our household we try to sleep from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 or 7:00 a.m. That gives us 8 – 9 hours of sleep. Those are the hours we dedicate to trying to get sleep. That doesn’t mean we are soundly sleeping during those hours though.
I never had an issue with sleeping before. I was proud of how good my sleep was when I was younger. I think I’ve reached that age where sleep becomes a troublesome issue. My female friends, who are a bit older than I am, assure me it’s related to age, hormones, stress etc. Grrrrr.
I would rather not take a “pharmaceutical” to get sleep. I have tried a few on the short term and they all left me feeling almost “hungover” in the morning. I had a hard time waking up and getting out of bed to start the new day.
Recently, through my naturopath, I started trying an herbal remedy called “U-Dream”. It’s made in British Columbia, Canada. It’s is gaining popularity to the point where it is often “sold out” in health food stores, my naturopath’s clinic, online health sites etc.
U-Dream comes in two different formulations. The 4 – 5 hour LITE formula is meant for those of us who can fall asleep on our own but can’t stay asleep. It is designed to be taken when you wake up at around 1:00 a.m. and can’t get back to sleep. This formula will put you back to sleep for another 4 – 5 hours. The second formula is their FULL NIGHT 7 – 8 hour formula which is what I’m trying. I’ve been using it now for about a month and it seems to be working fine. I take it an hour before bed and have been able to fall asleep easily. If I wake up in the middle of the night I’m able to fall right back to sleep. I’m really happy with the results thus far.
U-Dream is a capsule full of herbal ingredients: Passionflower, Loquat, Jujube, Lion’s Mane, Schisandra, L-Tryptophan, Tuber Fleeceflower and Rehmannia.
Passionflower: calms your mind
Loquat: stimulates immune system
Jujube: believed to alleviate stress
Lion’s Mane: a mushroom, helps relieve mild anxiety
Schisandra: stress and anxiety reliever
L-Tryptophan: (as in turkey meat) an amino acid, makes serotonin in the brain to control mood and sleep
Tuber Fleeceflower: vitality tonic, improves sleep disorders
Rehmannia: adrenal gland support
This is a brief list of what these herbs can do. In the U-Dream for the purpose of promoting sleep, I can say that it’s working for me.
For any of my friends and family battling with a bit of insomnia…give this a try. Look it up on line.