How to Ensure a Good Night’s Sleep

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A good night’s sleep is a key component that contributes to your overall health. Prepare yourself for restorative sleep by writing down what is on your mind (like a to-do list or your errands) as a way to quiet your thoughts. You should also dim the lights to help prepare your body for sleep and to kick start its release of natural melatonin. You might also consider stretching or taking a hot shower as a way to ease your muscles and relax you into sleep.*

For more ways to ensure a good night’s sleep, consider investing in a humidifier or a sound machine to create your perfect sleep environment. Melatonin supplements can help too; recommended dosages range from 1-3mg.

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*http://www.helpguide.org/life/sleep_tips.htm
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More Melatonin for Your Health

899Melatonin is a hormone commonly linked to proper sleep, but did you know that it can help fight off cancer, diabetes and heart disease too? Melatonin increases “beige fat” which is a fat that promotes your body to burn calories rather than store them. Studies also find that melatonin calms reproductive hormones; and as a result, melatonin is being linked to protecting you against sex hormone driven cancers (like ovarian, breast and prostate cancer). *

Since turning on the lights stops your body’s production and release of melatonin, keep lights dim in the evening and completely off when you go to sleep. You can find melatonin in supplements, but for a natural dose, eat some cherries, which are packed with this healthy hormone.

Visit www.vitamanna.com to order the SleepManna supplement. SleepManna contains cherry which has natural melatonin.

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Dr. Kim

*http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleep-topics/melatonin-and-sleep
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Melatonin Increases Bone Density

807Most people know that melatonin controls your sleep and wake patterns, but did you know that normal levels are imperative for bone health too? When your body has the proper level of melatonin, it signals to cells to produce bone matrix proteins. These proteins are what cause bone density and formation.*

The older you get the more your bone density decreases. Protect your bone density by providing your body with its necessary levels of melatonin. Cherries are a great source of melatonin; it can also be found in easy-to-take supplements!

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Dr. Kim

*http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12096835
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Female Sleeping Problems

1489It’s common for women to have more sleep problems than men throughout the life cycle. During a woman’s menstrual cycle, levels of estrogen and progesterone fluctuate and this can affect sleep. The uncomfortableness of pregnancy disrupts sleep as well. Menopausal symptoms such as night sweats and hot flashes can make sleeping difficult too.*

If you are a woman, finding the root hormonal cause of your sleep problem can help solve issues. Talk to your doctor and look into natural sleep aids such as melatonin, or calming exercises such as deep breathing and meditation.

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Dr. Kim

*http://www.bustle.com/articles/134166-women-are-more-likley-to-have-sleep-problems-than-men-report-finds-and-thats-not-the
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How to Ensure a Good Night’s Sleep

comfyA good night’s sleep is a key component that contributes to your overall health. Prepare yourself for restorative sleep by writing down what is on your mind (like a to-do list or your errands) as a way to quiet your thoughts. You should also dim the lights to help prepare your body for sleep and to kick start its release of natural melatonin. You might also consider stretching or taking a hot shower as a way to ease your muscles and relax you into sleep.*

For more ways to ensure a good night’s sleep, consider investing in a humidifier or a sound machine to create your perfect sleep environment. Melatonin supplements can help too; recommended dosages range from 1-3mg.

Express your love today!

Dr. Kim

*http://www.helpguide.org/life/sleep_tips.htm
Photo | Kitsune sleeps comfortable in bed with rudy | ©Aaron Kawai | Used under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike License

More Melatonin for Your Health

Sleep-3Melatonin is a hormone commonly linked to proper sleep, but did you know that it can help fight off cancer, diabetes and heart disease too? Melatonin increases “beige fat” which is a fat that promotes your body to burn calories rather than store them. Studies also find that melatonin calms reproductive hormones; and as a result, melatonin is being linked to protecting you against sex hormone driven cancers (like ovarian, breast and prostate cancer). *

Since turning on the lights stops your body’s production and release of melatonin, keep lights dim in the evening and completely off when you go to sleep. You can find melatonin in supplements, but for a natural dose, eat some cherries, which are packed with this healthy hormone.

Visit www.vitamanna.com to order the SleepManna supplement. SleepManna contains cherry which has natural melatonin.

Express your love today!

Dr. Kim

*http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleep-topics/melatonin-and-sleep
Photo | Sleep Manna | ©Dr. S. Don Kim

Melatonin Increases Bone Density

cherryMost people know that melatonin controls your sleep and wake patterns, but did you know that normal levels are imperative for bone health too? When your body has the proper level of melatonin, it signals to cells to produce bone matrix proteins. These proteins are what cause bone density and formation.[1]

The older you get the more your bone density decreases. Protect your bone density by providing your body with its necessary levels of melatonin. Cherries are a great source of melatonin; it can also be found in easy-to-take supplements!

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Dr. Kim

[1]http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12096835
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How to Fall Asleep Easier

We all have those nights where we cannot just fall asleep!  One important tip that will help you is dimming the lights before you go to bed.  The lower level of light actually begins to help your brain produce melatonin, which is a hormone that puts us to sleep.  By lowering the levels of light, you are signaling to your body that it’s time to go to bed.  Preparing your body for sleep will help you feel drowsy and ready for sleep once you turn the light off. [1]

Turn off all artificial lights!  Artificial lights from electronic devices and TVs will actually stimulate your brain and stop melatonin from producing thus keeping you awake.

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Dr. Kim

[1]http://www.livestrong.com/article/537537-how-does-light-affect-sleep/
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Ease the Jet Lag

When you fly across several time zones, you disrupt the body’s circadian rhythms. The condition of jet lag may last many days, and recovery rates of 1 day per eastward time zone or 1 day per 1.5 westward time zones.  Symptoms are headaches, fatigue, insomnia, constipation, diarrhea and mild depression.[1]

To ease jet lag, you should avoid drinking alcohol during flight, limit caffeine, drink plenty of water and take melatonin 0.3 to 0.5mg.

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Dr. Kim

[1]http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/c/9339/31561.html
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