Busy lifestyles can leave us feeling stressed and unable to settle down at night, but we don’t need to turn to something unhealthy to get some relief. Holistic pharmacist Sherry Torkos told Edmonton’s Breakfast Television viewers that calming supplements safely help you quiet your mind. Suntheanine induces a relaxed state which can ease you into restful sleep. It’s also not habit-forming.
When it comes to your family and their health, safety comes first. Torkos advised viewers to check every item in their medicine cabinet, and toss any that are expired or are in poor condition. “Sometimes when you open the bottle, the tablets are actually disintegrating,” said Torkos. “You want to keep your medicines and supplements in a cool dry place. If your bathroom environment is steamy, then that is not a good place to store these products.” Keep young children safe by ensuring all remedies are in child-proof containers and out of their reach. “Even the amount of iron in a multivitamin could cause toxicity if it gets into the hands of a child,” she warned.
Stress and sleep issues are common cause of daytime fatigue. This may lead to dangerous situations such as car accidents and on-the-job injuries. “Melatonin can help if you’re working shift-work,” said Torkos. “If you have to get up at 3 or 4 in the morning, it’s difficult to go to bed at night.”
For issues related to stress, the author of the Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine suggested calming supplements with Suntheanine. “If you’re having difficulty calming down and clearing your mind at night, or if you’re stressed and you’re looking for away to just get into your Zen-mode, think about these supplements,” said Torkos. “Suntheanine is a clinically studied amino acid. It makes you feel calm and relaxed, yet it won’t cause next-day drowsiness. It will not cause any addiction.” Suntheanine is available online, and in many health food stores and pharmacies.