Natural Ways To Get Good Sleep Again

Natural Ways To Get Good Sleep Again

         Many people suffer from sleep deprivation. Most of them suffer from this due to being over worked and highly stressed. It is estimated one in five Americans suffer from sleep problems. Women in menopause and men in andropause have lack of hormones and this can cause problems in having a good night's rest.

         However, even seniors have sleep problems. Many tend to wake up in the middle of the night and then cannot go back to sleep. Most of the sleep problems experienced by seniors are due to hormonal imbalances coupled with the side effects of aging.

         The good news is that seniors can now take certain steps to get good sleep without having to resort to medications. There are some natural ways of doing this.

         A natural supplement that helps with getting sleep and relaxing the body is l-tryptophan. This is an amino acid that is found abundantly in red meat and turkey. During the 1970s and 1980s this supplement was very popular. However, in 1989, it was banned by the US FDA primarily because it was too effective in relaxing the body and helping it to go to sleep. However, now l-tryptophan is back in the market and seniors can take it without any fears.

         Melatonin is a sleep inducing hormone. Many frequent fliers, who are traveling half around the globe, tend to use it ward off the effects of jet lag. Usually melatonin is produced naturally in the body by the pineal gland. By taking the supplement when retiring to bed allows the body to naturally fall to sleep.

         As a person ages, the natural melatonin levels in the body start fluctuating. This affects the person's ability to sleep when there is light present in the room. Therefore, seniors should also try to keep their bedrooms pitch dark in order to fall into deep and restful sleep.

         For some seniors, acupuncture has been very effective in helping them get good sleep naturally. In fact, if the seniors can learn the pressure points that induce sleep, they do acupuncture on themselves to induce sleep.

          Another method of naturally inducing sleep is to take a hot shower or hot bath just before retiring to bed. This has proven to be a helpful method of sleeping for many seniors.