myFM: better sleep

by Lianne Phillipson September 22, 2021

myFM: better sleep

With myFM morning show’s host Jamie being a new dad, the ultimate time of a lack of sleep is more now, than likely ever in his life. But what about later in life, when that good night’s sleep eludes you night after night? Your circadian rhythm, or your 24 hour clock doesn’t seem to know which way is up. 


Consider the following:


Is your mind in overdrive? 


Dr Christine Matheson, ND, shared something she heard lately “Someone else's urgency isn’t your emergency.” All that goes on in your head, can be dumped into a sleep journal so it’s out of your head. 


Mood and sleep


Serotonin levels may be out of balance, so can be improved and enhanced with natural remedies. In the case of depression in particular, there can be issues with dopamine - the happy chemical in our bodies. Know that medication like antidepressants can mess up your sleep. 


Remedies to help 


There are remedies like Melatonin that really help to change the sleep pattern - especially if you’re someone who is looking at blue light on your phone or laptop until bedtime. Melatonin is the hormone that helps you sleep. Magnesium also.


Daytime stress 


Cortisol is produced during times of stress, and the adrenal glands get exhausted or burnt out. When you’re stressed, the adrenal glands give you a hit of cortisol, but when the glands aren’t working right, you can get a delayed spurt of cortisol that happens at 3am, not earlier in the day when you were under stress. Go backwards and manage your stress during the day. Eat well, exercise, and watch your caffeine intake is the first place to start. 


For more listen to episode 85

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