Growing up has its own limitations. The most important one is – you tend to sleep less. Yes, it’s a well established scientific fact that with age the hours of sleep fall from 14-15 hours of newborn to just 5 hours for a 60+. As your count of birthdays’ increases, you yearn more to sleep like a baby- missing the warmth of mother’s arms and the soothing magic of lullabies.
Why is sleep so vital?
As an adult, on an average, you need at least 7 hours of quality sleep. With a sound and adequate night sleep, you ensure a fresh and energetic morning; improved concentration, alertness, and memory; feeling more productive; enhanced immune system; feeling better and happier all day. As Thomas Dekker has said, “Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” But, it’s not as easy as said or written, especially in the current fast forward paced lifestyle. You may or may not know who robs off your sleep.
Why I can’t get a good sleep?
You go to bed, ready for a nice sleep, you close your eyes, and suddenly an important file from your office desk flashes and boo… your sleep is gone. You shut down all sources of various noises around you, make your room quiet enough and bang… you start hearing voices in your head. Yes, concerns about work, money, health or family can engage your mind at night, making it difficult to sleep. Stressful life events and everyday anxieties are becoming a major cause of sleep disorders. Feeling low or depressed may cause you excessive sleep or no sleep at all, or you may experience sleepless nights with drowsy days.
Certain health problems may also disrupt the sleep. Conditions like heartburn or food regurgitation after a late dinner, the stubborn pain in the old hinges of older people, a need to urinate frequently, an unbearable itch of a scratchy skin, or breathing troubles may not even allow the initiation of sleep. Many prescription drugs can interfere with sleep, including some antidepressants, allergy medications, heart and blood pressure medications, stimulants, and corticosteroids. Many over-the-counter (OTC) medications such as painkillers, cough syrups and weight-loss products cause trouble to fall asleep.
Our body is accustomed to certain scheduled events which follow a specific cycle- we call it as circadian rhythm. When this rhythm is disturbed by any unusual or unexpected event like travel, working late or change in shift, body’s internal clock which is in sync with circadian rhythm also gets affected resulting in disruption of sleep-wake cycle and functioning of other body systems.
How can I get a sound and adequate sleep?
A science fiction author, Jim Butcher says, “Sleep is God. Go, worship”. So, the first step of worship is honouring the light-dark cycle. Make sleep a priority. Understand the good sleep habits and follow them with discipline. Poor sleep habits include an irregular sleep schedule, stimulating activities before bed, an uncomfortable sleep environment. So, stick to a sleep schedule, even on weekends. Practice relaxing bedtime rituals like listening to calming audios, deep breathing and meditation. Exercise daily. Plenty of research has proved that exercise improves sleep. People who regularly exercise slept better, feel less depressed and have more energy all day. Avoid late and heavy dinner. Avoid consumption of stimulants like alcohol and caffeine. Turn off all gadgets at least an hour before bed. Evaluate your bedroom to ensure ideal temperature, sound and light. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.
Do sleep medications help and do I need them?
Even after following good sleep habits, if you fail to get a quality sleep, you may better approach your family physician. Your doctor will guide you through the next steps, which may involve an assessment and further testing, or a referral to a sleep specialist or a psychiatrist. There are psychological and behavioral techniques that can be helpful for treating your sleep disorders. The specialist will decide whether you need sleep aids and if yes- may prescribe medications such as antidepressants, tranquilizers, sedatives or hypnotics. However, these drugs are not free from side effects. Common undesired effects include burning or tingling in the hands, arms, feet, or legs, changes in appetite, constipation or diarrhea, dizziness, daytime drowsiness, dry mouth or throat, headaches, heartburn lack of attention or memory, unusual dreams and fatigue. And most importantly, the sleeping pills can be addictive, may cause dependency, or may require dose escalations, and will trouble while withdrawal or stopping the medicine.
What is the best alternative?
There are alternative medicines such as herbal formulations that are effective and safe. Zzowin is one such breakthrough formulation for managing sleep disorders. Along with appropriate lifestyle changes, Zzowin is recommended support of time-tested herbs that help in restoring your sleep and health.
Benefits of Zzowin –
- ZZOWIN is non-habit forming formulation
- Exhibits nerve soothing action hence, it helps to relax and reduce anxiety
- Induces sleep & reduces sleep latency
- Regulates sleep-wake cycle
- Improves quality of sleep
- Reduces oxidative stress
Additionally, these herbs are certainly devoid of side effects such as dependency, addiction, abuse or withdrawal problems.
Zzowin contains herbs like Yastimadhu, Brahmi, Ashwagandha and Jatamansi that are termed as Medhya rasayana i.e. brain tonic, according to Ayurveda. These herbs are proven to have sedative action and calming effect on brain cells to promote healthy sleep. Herbs like Tagar and Ashwagandha work on brain chemicals to regulate sleep-wake cycle. The synergy of these herbs in well-proportionate quantity in Zzowin give best results in various sleep disorders.