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Hi Link, I use adaptogens and Vit C as in Cortiguard since 2001 with good results, and every kind of exercise (never to exhaustion for As) is very good for sleep pattern. Has she tried to skip tea and coffee in the afternoon, if she is sensitive to caffeine and teine, Rooibos ot other herbal teas could help her as Chamomile, lemonbalm and linden. If I drink coffee in the afternoon, it is a huge problem to sleep also for me since I were a teenager. Hope it helps Maria Giovanna
I also had this same problem, and it progressed to the point where I was so sleep deprived that I ended up in a very dark place in my life.
I upped my B vitamins, started to take Omega oils (although that is mostly for concentration), have taken up a Tai Chi/Pilates/Yoga mix class 4 times a week in addition to my triathlon training, and (crucially for me, I feel) entirely given up caffeine. This was the last change I made, and the one which made the most significant difference - before I gave it up I was only drinking one mug of "leaded"/"real" coffee, first thing in the mornings at work, but as soon as I gave that up and switched to the decaf ("unleaded"!!) I slept so much better. The relief was incredible.
Also, I have found that sleeping well is something which CAN be worked at. For me, bedtime routine is quite important, and for a while I had to be quite strict about going to bed at an early time and making sure to relax properly right from when I got in from work ... now that I sleep better on a regular basis, I can afford to be more flexible, but I found out the hard way last week that I can't afford to be flexible on the caffeine
Adaptogens are herbs as Gingko, Heleuterococcus, ginseng, bacopa Monniera, Whitania somnifera which balance the cortisol and the neuroreceptors together with vit C they help to deal with stress in a sound way. Cortiguard of NAP is a wonderful option. I'd like to sleep so much as this young woman, 5 or 6 hour are my routine alas, but I hope to cope with this without too much damage ! Maria Giovanna
Make sure she's drinking enough water. That's the main cause of poor sleep for me. If I wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep, I drink a LOT of water -- works like a charm! Otherwise, I lie in bed, tossing and turning, trying to get back to sleep and ultimately failing. Of course, the best defense is a good offense, so I make sure I drink a lot during the day -- but *if* I happen to forget to drink enough water, or was hot/sweaty during the day, then I will drink extra, even right before bed. I did that last night, in fact, and slept 8 hours straight through.
A married to an O with two children, A & O
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against ...spiritual wickedness in high places. Eph 6:12
Has she always slept 9-10 hrs? I just don't need that much sleep and if I tried to sleep that much I'd probably not have a restful sleep at all. So maybe she just needs to get up earlier and see how that goes?