Sleep disorders affect over
70 million North Americans

Do You Need Help Sleeping?

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, sleep disorders affect over 70 million North Americans. The problem has become so big that a tremendous amount of research dollars are being spent to find out why we aren't sleeping and how to correct it.

We live in a country that is virtually open for business 24 hours a day 7 days a week. With computers and televisions in our bedrooms it is hard for many of us to call it a day. Research has shown we need approximately 8 hours per night yet 70 percent of us are in sleep debt racking up far less. Chronic sleep deprivation not only causes us to feel groggy and lack concentration but insomnia causes some serious health disorders too.

There are many factors that contribute to poor sleep. We have a coffee shop on every corner and caffeine interferes with our ability to sleep. You could have a poor sleep environment where it is not dark enough in the bedroom disrupting our sleep cycle... or maybe you're sleeping with someone who snores. Shift work and traveling between time zones also disrupts sleep. Menopause and hormone changes in women are a big factor in female sleep problems. The most common reason we don't sleep is too much stress in our life and now obesity has also been found to disrupt sleep. With over 50 percent of North Americans classified as overweight and one third of those obese sleep problems are bound to increase.

Insomnia is the most common sleep complaint with most people reporting they can't fall asleep or they wake up frequently during the night and they can't get back to sleep. We all know that a good night's sleep is important but rarely do we think that poor sleep can cause some pretty serious diseases. The Institute of Medicine recently reported that there is a link between poor sleep and high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and even heart attack and stroke.

Scientists have also found our immune system does not fight viruses or bacteria as well when we are tired. A cancer prevention study found that those who sleep less than 7 hours a night had a higher risk of death. Car crashes and accidents on the job also occur when we are sleepy and even our intimate relationships can suffer from sleep deprivation.

Symptoms of sleep deprivation include having a hard time waking up or feeling like you need a nap in the afternoon. You may not feel alert and have poor concentration unless you load up on caffeine and other stimulants. You may be irritable, perform below your ability at work or school or others tell you that you look tired all the time.

Can't Fall Asleep?

I believe we should always reach for a product that is effective and safe for great sleep. This is the reason why I recommend SLEEPSMART and/or 5-HTP (enteric-coated, 99 percent pure) over prescription or over-the-counter medications for sleep problems.

SLEEPSMART contains herbs and melatonin and is extremely safe. Melatonin is so safe it has been researched in children with sleep disorders. We should call melatonin a breakthrough in inducing deep restful sleep without side effects. So if you are the person having a hard time falling asleep SLEEPSMART is for you. Take 1 capsule before bed.

If you are relying on sleeping pills you should be very concerned about the side effects of these pills. Dizziness, drowsiness, and impaired coordination plus you can't drive or engage in any potentially dangerous activities while on sleeping pills. Alcohol should never be consumed with sleep drugs because it could be fatal. Prescriptions for these sorts of drugs are at an all time high and actually increased by 35% last year. In contrast melatonin has no side effects. It is safe and non-addicting.

Can't Stay Asleep - You need 5-HTP

Everyday stress is a normal part of modern living. Job pressures; family responsibilities; financial pressures; traffic, and time management are just a few of the constant stressors most of us are faced with on a daily basis.

Nearly 20% of adults in the U.S. use a drug to deal with the stress in their life. Stress creates high cortisol levels. Cortisol is our stress hormone and a lack of sleep creates a vicious cycle of elevated cortisol, no sleep and further elevations of cortisol.

Pure 5-HTP in an enteric coated formhelps you get deep restful sleep while keeping cortisol in check. 5-HTP enhances serotonin, our happy hormone. Healthy levels of serotonin helps the body deal with stressors leaving us with a feeling of relaxation and calm. 5-HTP is for those who can not stay asleep. You may fall asleep fine but wake up several hours later and lie wide awake for hours. Only use enteric-coated 5-HTP - never use 5-HTP that is not pure. Enteric-coated pure 5-HTP does not cause nausea. Take 50 mg before breakfast, 50 mg before dinner and 50 mg at bedtime. If you have both types of insomnia SLEEPSMART and 5-HTP can be used together.

In addition to the recommendations above some women may also need 100mg of Prometrium, natural progesterone pills at bedtime too. Prometrium is a prescription drug of natural progesterone. Take 100mg at bedtime with a 5 day break every month.

Sleep is a time when your body recovers from the days events. Repair and regeneration take place during sleep. Without restful sleep we are at risk of health problems as we discussed earlier. If you don't get a good nights rest you can't perform well during the day. It is challenging to live our hectic lifestyle without sleep. Our relationships with others can suffer because we are grouchy too. Women during menopause need sleep and without it their body can't deal with all the hormonal changes. Sleeping pills aren't an option because of side effects. 5-HTP and SLEEPSMART work fast... they safely put you to sleep, keep you asleep and help you wake up feeling refreshed and relaxed.