Vol XVIII September 2010 | The Village Green Apothecary E-Newsletter

Been Counting Sheep Lately?

imageDo you have trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep?

Or do you wake up in the morning feeling exhausted?

If so, you’re not alone. Around 40 million Americans don’t get enough quality sleep, a widespread health concern that costs the United States around $100 billion per year in lost productivity, treatment, and insomnia-related accidents.

A good night’s rest is essential to your health. Disrupted sleep can lead to fatigue, poor concentration, and a negative impact on your physical, mental, and social wellbeing. In fact, a recent study has pointed out that getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night can actually decrease your chances of dying prematurely!

So Why Aren’t You Sleeping?

Generally, sleep disturbances can be divided into three categories:


  • Psychological – anxiety, stress, depression

  • Physical – hormonal changes, medical conditions, sleep apnea, pain, decreased melatonin

  • Event-Related jet lag, medication, caffeine/alcohol, environmental factors

An important part of improving your sleep is determining what could be contributing to your sleepless nights.

Now there’s a test kit to help you find out why you’re not sleeping well.

A simple, non invasive test – the NeuroScience NeuroSLP Test – is available through Village Green to help you determine possible imbalances in brain neurotransmitters and hormones that could be affecting your sleep. Using saliva and urine samples taken while you are experiencing sleeplessness, this test detects levels of 12 neurotransmitters (like serotonin, cortisol, and histamine) and provides a definitive report on the results.

Village Green can provide a test kit and consultation with one of our nutritional advisors, along with a follow-up session to discuss test results. (Health insurance often covers the cost of this test – check with them first to be sure.)

Contact: Ms. Naz Amini
C.N.C., Nutritional Counselor
301-530-0800 x1019

For all of your health and nutrition questions visit myvillagegreen.com and


10 Steps to Better Sleep

image Whether you’re experiencing a sudden change in sleep patterns, or you’re a longstanding insomniac, these 10 steps can help you think about how to improve your sleep patterns.

  • Go to bed at the same time every night – even on weekends. Your “body clock” will appreciate the consistency.

  • Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet and a comfortable temperature. If noises distract you, try ear plugs or “white noise” (a fan or air purifier); if your room is too light, wear an eye mask.

  • Be sure your pillows, sheets, and bedspread are inviting, and that your mattress supports your spine properly.

  • Get regular exercise, but no later than 3 hours before bedtime.

  • Avoid caffeine (soda, coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa) for at least 6 hours before bedtime.

  • Don’t drink alcohol for at least 3 hours before bedtime. A “nightcap” may sound appealing, but it will actually backfire because blood sugar will plummet during the night, causing you to wake up.

  • Don’t work on your computer or watch television for an hour or two before bed.

  • Eat a small amount of complex carbohydrates for a bedtime snack to help increase the amount of sleep-inducing tryptophan in your system.

  • Practice relaxation techniques to prepare the body and mind for sleep.

  • Have a pre-sleep routine that you follow every night, so that your body knows it’s time to wind down. Try reading in bed to get your mind off the day’s activities.

Pathway Products to Help You Get Your ZZZzzzzzs

 

Sleep SupportPathway Healthy Sleep SupportFor a blissful night’s rest

This unique formula contains a wonderful blend of calming and relaxing herbs. Seditol™, a natural blend of extracts and SunTheanine®, a compound found in green tea are both effective support for relaxation and restful.



MelatoninPathway Melatonin Regulate sleep naturaly

This important hormone is responsible for regulating circadian rhythms, allowing for restful and restorative sleep. Melatonin is also considered to be a powerful antioxidant and anti-aging chemical.


L-TheaninePathway L-TheaninePromotes rest and relaxation
L-Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea that promotes the production of alpha brain waves, which help create a relaxed state of mind. Our formula contains the trademarked ingredient SunTheanine®, which has been extensively evaluated in scientific studies and shown to promote relaxation and restful sleep without causing drowsiness or unwanted side effects.

 

Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy, and Healthy Living

5415 W. Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814
Order online or by phone: myvillagegreen.com | 301-530-0800

The information in this newsletter is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice.
Consult your physician if you have any questions regarding a medical condition.

Village Green Apothecary has been providing individualized nutrition, pharmacy, and healthy living products for over 40 years. We are committed to providing you with expert guidance, knowledge, and a custom-tailored mix of nutritional and pharmaceutical products needed to achieve and maintain optimal health. Our staff of 45 professionals (including a team of pharmacists, nutritionists, naturopathic doctor, and clinical herbalist) offers private wellness consultations, personalized health plans using the Essentials of Healthy Living (EHL), and individualized custom compounding. Our pharmacists are available to review and address drug/nutrient interactions and depletions to ensure your health and wellbeing. Please contact us with any questions. We are here as a resource for you.

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