Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. According to National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. During sleep, your brain 'cleans itself'. This nocturnal cleaning system removes proteins called amyloid-beta, which accumulate into the plaques that contribute to Alzheimer’s and dementia. So skimping on sleep may negatively affect your risk for these diseases.
But saying “get a good nights’ sleep” is sometimes easier said than done. I’d like to share a few nutritional changes and strategies that will support you to get to sleep, and stay asleep so that you can heal and regenerate optimally.