Let @LondonDrugs help you sleep!
When I say that London Drugs can help you sleep, I don’t mean by reading my blog at night! I know these posts can be less than riveting at times, but that is no reason to read them as a form of sleep aid; that’s just not nice and it makes me sad.
I know; enough whining!
We (as a society) are having a heck of a time getting to and/or getting any quality sleep.
The everyday stresses of family, jobs, shiftwork, partying, what we eat and what we don’t eat, lack of exercise, a sedentary lifestyle, being over-connected (Facebook, Twitter, Email, Texting, Blogging etc….) all make a good sleep a real challenge and potentially a real health concern. Lack of sleep and driving, lack of sleep and flying (pilots), and the list goes on and on; can provide us with real life examples of many of tragic results when people do not get the sleep they need.
Lack of sleep (even just a couple weeks of poor sleep) can be associated with increased blood pressure levels, irregular glucose levels, forgetfulness, speech impediment, poor coordination and increased appetite and therefore potential weight gain.
Lack of sleep has similar physiological implications that alcohol use has on our bodies. Short term lack of sleep (couple hours a night for a week or so) can be the same as having a blood alcohol level over the legal limit (.5% in BC now). That is pretty scary!
Good sleep is critical for a happier and longer existence!
So how do we get better and/or longer sleep?
If we go back through some of the causes of lack of sleep, some is pretty easy
We can stop having caffeine late at night or into evening.
We can watch what we eat at night – too many carbs before bed may not the smartest of moves.
Shut down! Stay off the computer or PDA for awhile at night. (I know – look who is talking!)
Listen to some soft music or try that old fashioned thing called reading.
Walk or do some light exercise in the evening and during the day (not too close to bedtime as this can cause you to actually stay awake)
Talk more – communication can be a great stress reliever. Re-connect with your family and talk about the day(s).
Talk about work – vent! Don’t hold things in – you tend to think most about things like work when you are trying to relax – which is pretty much around bedtime!
When these don’t work 100%, you can try some supplements (I know you saw this coming – remember this is a retail blog when I am talking about products!)
One of the supplements that we carry is melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain. It helps regulate other hormones and maintains the body’s circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is an internal 24-hour “clock” that plays a critical role in when we fall asleep and when we wake up. When it is dark, your body produces more melatonin; when it is light, the production of melatonin drops. Being exposed to bright lights in the evening or too little light during the day can disrupt the body’s normal melatonin cycles. (I copied that from the University of Maryland Medical Centre. This link will take you there and it is a really good and quick read)
Some of the items available at London Drugs are attached to the pic below. We do have other products in store. We carry sleep assist products in supplements from London Drugs, Webber Naturals, Jamieson, Iovate and Vivitas.
Please DO NOT take any supplements like melatonin without consulting your Dr. or asking any of our London Drugs Pharmacists first. There are interactions with drugs and there are side effects that you need to know about.
If you sleep issues are more chronic and melatonin does not help, ask your Dr. about sleep clinics that are available. Here is one available via the Vancouver Coastal Health and UBC (click here).
Hope this all helps.
Ciao for now @kootenayborn