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Eyes Wide Shut – The battle of staying awake

Raise your hand if staying awake or even waking up in the morning is a struggle? Well I have both hands and my feet raised.

Ever since the clocks went forward my body has been feeling the aftermath of a lost hour of sleep. What can one do that doesn’t involve guzzling back zzzquil or any form of drowse-inducing medication?

We can target our diet and supplements! Melatonin is the superstar when it comes to controlling your sleep and wake cycles.

Alright time to drop some science on you (bare with me while I put my human biology and psychology degree to some use alright??)

Melatonin is a hormone created by the pineal gland – located in the epithalamus, which is situated between the two hemispheres of the brain. Melatonin in it's medical form is used to treat insomnia. Another important use of melatonin can be found in it's ability to improve sleep in autistic people as their physiological levels of melatonin is low.

Melatonin can be found in small amounts in our food so a supplement might be ideal if you are like me and really need to regulate your sleep.

Some foods that can boost your melatonin:

  • Pineapples

  • Bananas

  • Oranges

  • Oats

  • Sweet corn

  • Rice

  • Tomatoes

  • Barley

Not a fan of these food items? Then I suggest you invest in a melatonin supplement. Again as with all recommendations, please do your own research and understand why you are taking something! Do not always take my word for it. You will buy into the process better when you truly understand it for yourself! As always leave any questions or comments below!


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