2011 | Newsletter archives
Q: I sleep and yet I’m tired all the time, even when I get up. Why?
A: There are many reasons for feeling tired and not getting enough sleep. Some can be biological and have to do with adrenal glands and cortisol levels; others can be situational and involve stress. But there are some things you can do to help ensure your body sleeps better and better utilizes that sleep. They involve conditioning your body to sleep, reserving the bed for sex and sleep only (no work), avoiding alcohol, especially right before bedtime, limiting caffeine, keeping your bedroom cool, keeping to a routine, and getting some recovery sleep on the weekend. If you’ve lost a few hours over the course of the week, which we all usually do, recouping them on Saturday morning can increase your levels of alertness and neurobehaviors (the way the brain affects emotion, behavior and learning).
You should also keep yourself in mind. Take a step back and look at your lifestyle to see if there are things you can change. Are you taking on unnecessary burdens that family members might be able to share? How much of what you’re doing is truly essential and how much is habit?
These types of changes can help you to sleep better. You can also increase your levels of magnesium as well as vitamins B1, B2 and B12, especially if you’re deficient.
I cover sleeping problems extensively in my upcoming book The Fatigue Solution: Increase your energy in eight easy steps. Please make sure and read more as soon as it comes out in early 2012.
Try the ABADI Sleep Easy Kit, too. It contains magnesium, 5 HTP, and GABA Supreme.