Whatever you are an adult trying to figure out budgeting and how to fix the leaking faucet or a college student who has 2 tests and 3 submissions due in a couple of hours or a mom who is trying to keep it together without going crazy, we all need one thing to stay sane. What is it you ask? A good night's sleep. Preferably 8 hours, uninterrupted. If you are a mom, maybe try in 18 years.
Life of every age group (except preschoolers) in this day and age is stressful. Every individual is overworked and over-scheduled, trying to meet this deadline and get to that class. After our days planned and packed down to the minute, a lot of folks have a lot of trouble getting decent shut-eye. Some people may have a different kind of sleep related issue. They do not have any problems falling asleep, but more so staying sleep. Who these people are beyond me, I honestly try to catch some snooze on my way to the dentist and my dentist is a 6-minute car ride away!
Nonetheless, nature seems to have a solution for every problem and sometimes never the other way around. But we are trying to keep the good vibes going so let's focus on the first one. So, before you find yourself in a doctor's office getting a prescription for Valium or a little friend known as 'sleeping pills', make sure you give naturally occurring things a try. Other than an over dependence on drugs and pills, it will also save you a few bucks, which can shamelessly be spent on a sugar overdose.
Nature has sleeping pills of its own and they work better than most drugs. You just have to find one that is best suited to your problems. Check out these healthy late-night snacks …
If you are from the group that has trouble staying asleep, then you should go for almonds. The issue of not being able to stay asleep may be due to a lack of magnesium and almonds are rich in this stuff! Also, almonds do wonders for your bones.
You remember how your mom used to push that warm glass of milk before bedtime when we were kids? Turns out milk is not the only dairy product that can help you get a good night's rest. Cheese can do just the same- without the milk after taste! And not just cheese, break out the yoghurt too.
Do you like to get your greens in? Then that salad for dinner can go a long way than just keeping you in good shape. Lettuce has sleep-inducing characteristics. So, if you skipped lettuce in your salad for dinner, then you can always brew a tea. It's pretty simple and effective; boil a few large lettuce leaves in a cup of water for 15 minutes and add a couple of sprigs of mint. Drink this before bed and you will sleep like a baby. This phrase has never quite hit home with me, mainly because, I can not get my baby to sleep … like a baby.
If you have an 8 hour window to catch some shut-eye and want to reduce the time it actually takes fall sleep, then reach for that bag of pretzels. Yes, you read that right- PRETZELS! An increase in blood sugar and insulin levels cuts down the time it actually takes fall asleep. Whether you can switch that up with a bucket of chocolate chip ice cream? Yeah, that might be pushing it.
Fish like tuna, halibut and salmon are rich in the vitamin B6 and this is the magical nutrient that helps make sleep inducing hormones, melatonin and serotonin so that you can sleep like a … Koala (Koalas sleep 22 hours a day!)
Living up to clichés, chamomile tea is well known to have sleep-inducing properties. It also acts as a mild sedative and may help numb the pain from the daily grind. On a serious note, this tea has made it across the centuries, so it's worth a try, no? If you want to take your chances up a notch, then try adding a spoonful of honey. The sugar from the honey increases insulin levels, making it easier to dose off.
Love breakfast for dinner? Now you have a reason with solid scientific back up to indulge in a bowl of cereal every night. Carbs from the cereal and calcium from the milk are two great sources that can help you score some zzz's.
Have a knack for mid-Eastern cuisine? Me too. Here's another reason to not stop snacking on Hummus (the best dip ever?). Chickpeas are rich in tryptophan which make it easier to get some sleep and stay sleep. The one advantage of trying this even if it does not work is that although you may not fall sleep, you get to eat lots of hummus.
Sleep is one of the best things on the planet that rejuvenate our bodies and comes for free. Do not take it for granted. If you have spare time, stop scrolling on social media and go take a nap!
Many children do not get proper education and healthy food due financial constraints and lack of required support from charities that they are depending upon. Car donation concept can be the main source for generating funds for such needy children. Unfortunately, the number of car donations is decreasing more and more every year. People today have more beneficial options for their old cars.
Thanks to organizations that accept car for kids after an easy process and provides tax deduction and may be a free vacation with your car donation. These organizations raise funds to support or help poor children by selling cars for kids. So car donation idea is a noble act and everybody should donate car for kids. The entire process of car donation is very easy and convenient. In fact it’s the best way to use an old car, which you get rid of it with benefits of tax deductions.
These car donation organizations offer lots of services to car donors for example they tow away the car from the spot it is parked within a day or two and does not charge a single penny from donors. They also offer 24×7 helpline to assist you and complete guidance for car donation formalities.
These poor and needy children need a helping hand. So instead of selling your old car, for few dollars, we should plan to donate car for kids to IRS organizations. Of course it is advisable to check that your car donation is being used for the purpose it is done. Children are the bright future of our nation and by donating cars for kids you can enlighten their lives.
Your car donations will help a non-profit charity approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charity organizations. Cash is always a good charitable donation but, it’s not every time available readily. Donate Car for kids. Help the poor with car donations.
Does any of this sound like you?
Joanne was a vibrant, 30-something year old with a very active lifestyle. She partied with her friends every weekend, spent time with her 2 Labrador Retrievers at home and was a real go-getter at work.
Until she was not.
Not long after her 34th birthday, she started getting headaches. These were not major migraines mind you, but they were bad enough to interfere with her work.
Then she started to experience brain fog. She could not count how many times she would walk into a room only to forget why she had gone in there in the first place.
After the brain fog came irritability. The irritability then led to depression and anxiety. And once the anxiety started sleep was almost impossible. Her busy lifestyle of work and friends soon became unsustainable. She did not know how much longer she could keep going on in this state.
Desperate, she went to her doctor. He did the normal round of tests but found nothing wrong. The only thing he offered her was a prescription for antidepressants. She took the drugs but experienced very little relief.
Deep down Joanne knew she was not depressed. There was something else going on.
So what was it? What was making Joanne feel so sick?
Joanne was actually perimenopausal.
But wait, is not 34 too young for perimenopause? Way, way too young, in fact?
Years ago, 34 would have considered too young for perimenopause. But sadly it's becoming more and more common for women in their 30's, and sometimes even their 20's, to experience symptoms related to perimenopause.
Why is that?
Because now more than ever, we live in a toxic environment. These toxins have a disastrous effect on how our bodies produce hormones. Xenoestrogens in particular, mimic the estrogen in our bodies and throw off the ratio between our naturally produced estrogen and progesterone. Our delicate hormone balance gets disrupted as a result.
And that imbalance spells disaster for our health.
When our bodies have an overabundance of estrogen and depleted levels of progesterone due to exposure to toxins and stress it's called estrogen dominance. And even if your estrogen levels are giving as your approach menopause, you can experience this condition. The term refers to the ratio between estrogen and progesterone. So even if you have low estrogen levels, you could have even lower levels of progesterone.
Simply put, estrogen dominance makes perimenopause a living nightmare. And it could even bring it on much earlier than expected, as was the case with Joanne.
So if you think you are too young for perimenopause, think again.
But never fear. Estrogen dominance is both reversible and avoidable. With the right diet and lifestyle changes, you can balance your hormone levels and start feeling well again.