Insomnia Cure

Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Greg Eckel, shared why over the counter and prescription sleep aids can leave you feeling groggy in the morning and what you can do to get a good night's sleep naturally.

Natural Rituals for getting a good night’s sleep
Do: 1. Eat 3-4 hrs before bedtime (If you eat long before you go to sleep low sugar levels might wake you up—eat some almonds or other nuts before bed)
       2. Go to bed before 10pm (the highest amount of HGH is released at that time of night
       3.  Exercise light, meditation, walking, gentle activity

Don’t: 1. Exercise vigorously—raises cortisol levels
             2. Drink alcohol at night or before bed—throws off sleep rhythm
             3. Don’t use back lit screens: iphones, ipads, (kindles are not back lit)—they throw off your circadian rhythm
            4. Don’t eat big meals at night or before bed
            5. Watch caffeine intake—interferes with sleep

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