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Well and Good: Sweet Dreams are Made of This

If you have trouble sleeping, you’re not alone. Did you know that 44 percent of Americans, over 100 million people, have trouble sleeping? In 2011 alone, 62 million prescriptions were written for sleep aids. Even so, most sleep trouble goes untreated.

Our metabolism, immunity and even cardiovascular systems depend on sleep for proper function. Studies show that people who don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis are more prone to high blood pressure, obesity and emotional disorders. If you’re having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, don’t ignore it! Here at FRESH, we have a great selection of natural, non-habit-forming sleep aids to get you to sleep in no time. Here are a few of our most popular options to get you started:

  1. Melatonin – Produced by the amino acid tryptophan, this hormone is responsible for the regulation of the sleep-wake cycle. Caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, chronic stress, beta-blocker medication and some sleeping pills (interestingly enough) can cause melatonin levels to decrease. If you’re having trouble sleeping, this is a good place to start. Here at FRESH, we have many forms of melatonin: liquid, micro-lingual, tablet, capsule and spray. It’s available in strengths from 1mg to 10mg. Not sure where to start? Stop by the FRESH Wellness Department. Our partners are ready to help!
  2. Slumber Helper – This herbal blend is a micro-lingual tablet that dissolves under the tongue. It’s a mix of passion flower, chamomile, valerian and wild yam root. These herbs work together to help you get a good, restful night’s sleep. Important! Before taking any herbal supplement, check all prescription medications for interactions. The Wellness Department and the FRESH Pharmacy are ready to help you sort it all out.
  3. Nite-Rest – A homeopathic remedy, Nite-Rest is a good option for people who cannot sleep for multiple reasons. With compounds to focus on sleepwalking, profound exhaustion and restlessness (to name a few), it can help you achieve deep sleep no matter the reason you’re having trouble. If you’re unsure or uneasy about homeopathic remedies, stop by the FRESH Wellness Department for more information.

We’re not doctors. Please consult a physician if you’re experiencing serious sleep problems.