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HTML clipboard We don't seem to have a problem getting enough food. And, generally, it's easy to tell when we're getting too much or too little over a period of time. If we're hungry, we grab something to eat, even if we have to do it on the run at the fast food restaurant. If we start seeing the numbers creep up on the scale, we might grab a few more salads and a few less burgers. But sleep deprivation is something that's not always paid attention to like we pay attention to our diets. Not getting the proper amount of sleep often goes unaddressed until something more serious develops.
 
 What provides us with our fast food options, often is one of the reasons for our sleep problems. Our fast-paced lives. Between our everyday, heavy work schedules and equally committed family schedules, it has become a common practice to burn the candle at both ends. This makes it very difficult to get a good, sound sleep on a nightly basis. The quality of sleep is as important as the quantity. Ideally, we should get 8 to 8 1/2 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night. But that goal often eludes many of us.
 
 You may need an alarm clock to wake you up for work in the morning, especially if you have to get up extra early for your job. But, once your alarm clock wakes you up, you should be wide awake, feeling fully rested and completely energized. If this doesn't describe you, you might not be getting enough sleep or quality sleep. Both are very important to see you through the day. To help keep you energized for those short-sleep night's, take a stimulant that's plant based and will boost your energy level and enhance mental acuity, naturally. Look for one that includes quality ingredients of sarsaparilla, licorice, brazilian cocoa, chinese white ginseng, siberian ginseng, green tea, and bee pollen.
 
 Our days may be chaotic and often unscheduled, but in order to ensure yourself the best possible chance for total, restful sleep, there are certain things you can do to set the stage. Establish a regular bedtime. And, do your best to go to bed and get up at about that same time every day. If reading or watching TV helps you drift off to sleep, use those means. But, make sure you have a timer to turn off the TV or the reading light. This will help enable you to go into the deep restorative sleep you need, without interruption. To aid in enhancing the dream state, use a natural inspirant made from essential oils of himalayan cedar, may chang, lavender, mugwort, cloves, valerian root, clary sage, anise, hyacinth, and hops.
 
 Avoid consuming caffeine and alcohol prior shortly to bedtime. Caffeine can be found in some soda, chocolate, and tea. These tend to interfere with restful, sustained sleep. Exercise gets your heart pumping and energizes you; never exercise before going to bed. Although you should avoid eating a heavy meal just before bedtime, you also don't want to go to bed hungry. You'll just lay there thinking of food, and wind up getting up again. Begin your bedtime routine with a healthy, light snack and a cup of natural tea made from valerian, kava kava, lavender, chamomile, hops, lady's slipper, passion flower, cinnamon, yerba mate, and stevia.
 
 Stress is a common factor in most of our daily lives. Make a conscious effort not to take it into the bedroom. The best plans can run into a snag now and then. If you go to bed, and stick to the routine you established, but still can't get to sleep after 30 or 45 minutes, stop trying. You'll just stress yourself out and become more wide awake. Try getting up and doing something calm and quiet. Use your stress-buster inspirant of natural essential oils to aid in relaxing you. When you feel drowsy and ready to drift off, return to bed for a good nights sleep.
 


By Suzanne VanDeGrift Health Researcher/Writer
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