What Is Insomnia?If you can’t sleep, you may be wondering if you have insomnia. According to the National Sleep Foundation, insomnia is categorized as ‘difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when a person has the chance to do so.’ If you’re struggling with insomnia, the quality of your sleep can have a huge impact on your health and wellbeing. Symptoms include:
- Low energy
- Low productivity
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling irritable and grouchy
- Low mood
- Poor performance when studying or at work
- Heart attack
|Babies under 12 months||16-20 hours|
|1 to 2 years||14 hours|
|3 to 4 years||12 hours|
|5 to 12 years||10 hours|
|13 to 19 years||9 hours|
|Adults and seniors||7-8 hours|
- a) Good quality, deep and uninterrupted sleep – getting 8 hours of broken sleep (think new parents!) is NOT the same as 8 hours of deep, restful sleep.
- b) You should wake up feeling well-rested and energized – not tired, exhausted and too shattered to function!
- Magnesium – helps promote sleep by working as a natural muscle relaxant and can help you fall asleep faster!
- Potassium works with magnesium and is great if you have trouble staying asleep at night. Potassium also helps improve symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome and leg cramps.
- Tryptophan is a powerful essential amino acid which acts as a good sedative and can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep too!
- Vitamin B6 is needed to make melatonin – the sleep-inducing hormone. This helps to control your sleep and waking cycles.