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A Good Night’s Rest with Johnston Health and Laser Center

A study of 13 countries showed more than 30 per cent of Canadians feel they aren’t getting the right amount of sleep.  Canada was only beaten by the U.K. (37 per cent) and Ireland (34 per cent) for the dubious distinction of most exhausted nation. Americans came in as the fourth worst sleepers on the list, while Italy, Indonesia and India were among the most rested.*  Are you part of the 30% of Canadians that are not getting the correct amount of sleep?  Looking for ways to improve your sleep and be more rested?

Talk to the Johnston Health and Laser Center team to learn more about Melatonin and Essential Oils and how these products may benefit your sleeping.  Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the penial gland that signals to the body that it is nighttime.  There are several factors that can disrupt the natural melatonin cycles.  Johnston Health and Laser Centre offers a wide range of products that can help!

The benefits of essential oils date back to the 17th century.  According to Dr. Mercola “There are probably as many uses for essential oils as there are varieties, but research shows particular promise in relieving stress, pain and nausea, stabilizing your mood, and improving sleep, memory and energy levels.As noted by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA):3 “It [Aromatherapy] seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.”**

Here is a great tool put together by Dr. Mercola outlining the benefits of many varieties of Essential Oils.  To learn which essential oils that would benefit your sleep issues contact the office to book a consultation –  705-728-3070

The Sleep Foundation offers six suggestions on how to get a better nights sleep:
  1. Stick to a sleep schedule of the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends. This helps to regulate your body’s clock and could help you fall asleep and stay asleep for the night.
  2. Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual. A relaxing, routine activity right before bedtime conducted away from bright lights helps separate your sleep time from activities that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety which can make it more difficult to fall asleep, get sound and deep sleep or remain asleep.
  3. If you have trouble sleeping, avoid naps, especially in the afternoon. Power napping may help you get through the day, but if you find that you can’t fall asleep at bedtime, eliminating even short catnaps may help.
  4. Exercise daily. Vigorous exercise is best, but even light exercise is better than no activity. Exercise at any time of day, but not at the expense of your sleep.
  5. Evaluate your room. Design your sleep environment to establish the conditions you need for sleep. Your bedroom should be cool – between 60 and 67 degrees. Your bedroom should also be free from any noise that can disturb your sleep. Finally, your bedroom should be free from any light. Check your room for noises or other distractions. This includes a bed partner’s sleep disruptions such as snoring. Consider using blackout curtains, eye shades, ear plugs, “white noise” machines, humidifiers, fans and other devices.
  6. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows. Make sure your mattress is comfortable and supportive. The one you have been using for years may have exceeded its life expectancy – about 9 or 10 years for most good quality mattresses. Have comfortable pillows and make the room attractive and inviting for sleep but also free of allergens that might affect you and objects that might cause you to slip or fall if you have to get up
Source – https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-tools-tips/healthy-sleep-tips


* Source – http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/most-sleep-deprived-nation-study-ranks-canada-third-out-of-13-1.3136333
** Source – http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/01/21/benefits-essential-oils.aspx

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