When you’re on the go from the moment you wake up, and your to-do list is a mile long, it can sometimes be difficult to relax at the end of the day. Holistic pharmacist Sherry Torkos, appearing on Seattle’s New Day, suggested that NBC viewers consider helpful options. Torkos said the clinically studied amino acid Suntheanine helps you feel more relaxed so you get the quality sleep you need to remain at your very best.
Torkos began by advising the audience to read the fine print on all remedies. “There can be important information about side effects and drug interactions,” said Torkos. “There is a growing awareness of the potential dangers with over-the-counter drugs.” The health author is passionate about natural remedies. “I’ve always been very holistically oriented in the way I practice,” she said. “Not that I am anti-drug, but I like to educate people on the natural options; things to use first. Often these things are safer, easier to take and can be used by children as well as adults.”
Sleep issues are common, whether they are related to time change or stress. “It’s been several weeks since daylight savings and some people are still struggling,” said Torkos. Flying internationally, or even just cross-country may also affect sleep. Torkos suggests supplementing with melatonin. “It’s a hormone that your body naturally secretes in response to darkness that may help get your sleep cycle back on track,” she said.
She brought up Suntheanine as an option for those people whose minds can’t seem to slow down. “This is fantastic for people that are experiencing stress, and are having a difficult time calming down for sleep,” explained Torkos. “It’s a common issue, especially for women. Our minds are very busy. We go, go, go all day. And then it’s time to shut off and go to sleep, and we can’t relax. This will help you feel more calm, more relaxed. You can also take it during the day. It helps to improve mental focus and clarity so you can feel your best.”