Nutritional supplements are best to ‘supplement’ your diet in the short term – particularly at a time where you may be struggling to maintain a healthy diet and where your demands are quite high. If you are working long and stressful hours, you may need more nutritional support at the moment.
Melatonin is a hormone that controls the daily circadian rhythm and is best known for its role in helping to initiate sleep. It is inhibited by light and increases during darkness. Low melatonin levels have been associated with insomnia, poor immune response, constipation, weight gain or increased appetite. Imbalances can also include depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), behavioural changes, mood disorders, and stress.
It is difficult to imagine anyone who is not stressed in the midst of the Covid19 pandemic. Stress can have a profound effect on our emotional and physical well-being, affecting everyone at some point and causing symptoms. These include weight gain, depression, digestive problems and many more. Continued imbalance of stress hormones can wear the body down, triggering chronic fatigue. [Read more…]
Long before the emergence of Covid19 enjoying adequate sleep was an issue for many people. As a society we are sleeping less, a lot less. The time we sleep each night has reduced from 9 hours to 7.5 hours since the 1900s.
Right now prioritising sleep is an important tool we can use to support our mental and emotional health. In this article we look at why sleep is important for our health and offer tips on getting more, better quality sleep.