Sleep plays a critical role in our health and well-being.
In America, 70% of adults report that they obtain insufficient sleep at least one night a month, and 11% say inadequate sleep every night.(1)
Insomnia: Chronic Sleep Conditions
When sleep disorders last longer than one month, they are classified as a chronic sleep disorder. Scientists do not know why we sleep, but the lack of sleep can affect our mood, our physical wellness, and our overall happiness.
REM sleep is considered to be the most restorative. It is the sleep phase during which you dream and is beneficial for memory, concentration, and learning. Failure to reach REM sleep can disrupt regenerative hormones that we produce while we sleep.
Melatonin: The Natural Sleep Hormone
Melatonin is secreted at night when darkness is approaching, and it causes us to become sleepy and lowers our body temperature.
Many prescription medications can block the production of melatonin. Ask our pharmacist if the medications you are taking may be depleting melatonin, making it difficult to fall asleep.
There are also lifestyle changes one can enact to improve the quality of sleep.
Monitor Caffeine Consumption
If one has sleep issues, he/she should first examine the amount of caffeine they are consuming, especially at night.
Alcohol will cause poor sleep, especially if taken in excess.
Lower the Lights
Staring at computer screens, video games, or television just before bedtime can make melatonin production difficult. In the evening, we should turn our lights down to stimulate the production of melatonin.
Exercise can improve the quality of sleep.
Don't Eat Before Bed
Eating meals too close to bedtime can adversely affect sleep.
Many individuals turn to prescription medications to try to address sleep disorders. However, these medications can become problematic as they can adversely affect the normal sleep cycle, especially the REM sleep cycle.
Combinations of sleep-inducing ingredients such as magnesium, melatonin, valerian root, passionflower, and L-Theanine can induce a natural sleep onset. We recommend starting with a quality sleep supplement to help restore the natural sleep rhythm.
Sleep Support Our synergistic formulation of natural ingredients may help to support sleep without adverse side effects, such as feelings of fatigue or drowsiness. Sleep Support contains L-theanine, melatonin, passionflower, valerian extract, magnesium and B-6.
Magnesium is a mineral that acts as a calmative and helps our muscles relax, helping us to fall asleep more easily.
L-Theanine is a unique amino acid that acts as a calmative for us when taken during the day but can help to improve sleep when taken at bedtime. L-Theanine is especially useful for those individuals who only sleep 4-5 hours a night.
Medterra’s Dissolvable Sleep Tablets combine 25mg of CBD with 10mg of melatonin to provide a restful night’s sleep. Single-use packets are a budget-friendly way to try the product and also make an excellent option for quality sleep while traveling.
If you have sleep problems, we invite you to ask us for safe, useful recommendations to help you restore your natural sleep cycle.
The information on this Web site should not take the place of talking with your doctor or health care professional. If you have any questions about your condition, or if you would like more information about the products mentioned above, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Only you and your health care professional can decide if supplements are right for you.
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1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Perceived Insufficient Rest or Sleep Among Adults—United States, 2008. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 58:1179