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How To Sleep Longer During Daylight Saving Time: 4 Tips

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Sleeping Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time starts this Sunday and you will likely to lose one hour of sleep time. Here are four tips that will help you to develop better sleep habits ahead of the time change and in general.

This weekend is daylight savings, which means we will lose an hour of precious sleep. Lack of sleep is associated with a myriad of health problems, such as memory loss, poor concentration, depression, headache, irritability, high blood pressure, depressed immune function, low libido and weight gain.

Here are four tips for developing good sleep habits.

Prescription sedatives

Prescription sedatives should only be used when all else fails. They are addictive and cause numerous side effects. Those effects include impairment in short term memory. This should not be your first choice, but are listed here on the top to warn you about their side effects.

Relaxing activities

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Do relaxing activities before bedtime. You can read a book that has a nice message, listen to relaxing music or have a warm bath.

Light snack or food with tryptophan

Try a light snack before bed of a food that contains tryptophan. It stimulates the release of serotonin and makes you feel sleepy. Ex: turkey, chicken, soy foods or whole grain crackers or cereal.

Natural sleeping aids

Natural sleeping aids can help without the side effects that prescription sleeping pills can. Look for a product with the following ingredients:

• 5-HTP: 5-hydroxytryptophan increases serotonin and melatonin levels which promotes relaxation and better sleep
• L-theanine: an amino acid found in green tea which reduces stress, promotes relaxation and improves sleep
• Melatonin: a hormone naturally secreted by the brain that regulates our sleep/wake cycles. Supplements can help reduce the time needed to fall asleep, reduce nighttime wakening and improve sleep quality.

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Story written and provided by Elizabeth Maxim
Disclosure: Elizabeth Maxim does marketing for femMED Sleep, a natural doctor-formulated and recommended supplement.