Protect Brain From Restless Legs Syndrome

Poor sleep is a torture

Protect Brain From Restless Legs Syndrome, Healthy Living Magazine, Health

Protect Brain From Restless Legs Syndrome, Healthy Living Magazine, Health

Waking in the morning feeling tired is one of the worst ways to meet the challenges of a new day.

It could be restless legs or sleep apnea, but lacking or low-quality sleep can ruin a life. Without adequate restoration at night, performance suffers; irritability, anxiety and reduced alertness are only a few of the symptoms of insomniacs, even mild ones.

PRIME SLEEP DISORDER

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a nervous problem that affects more than 20 million people. The condition causes an irresistible need to move one’s legs. It is most obvious and problematic during sleep. In fact, the need to move the legs is only relieved for a few minutes after moving them. The repetitive disturbance can cause insomnia and reduced quality rest. This type of sleep disorder has a devastating impact on health, ability to work and disposition. Since RLS interferes with slumber, it is considered a sleep disorder. Medical conditions associated with a small number of RLS cases are: iron deficiency, diabetes, end-stage kidney disease, Parkinson’s and pregnancy. Most cases have no obvious cause.

About 10% of the adult population is affected, and about 2% to 3% have moderate to severe symptoms that affect their quality of life.

SURGERY, CPAP MIXED RESULTS

Sleep apnea has become one of the most commonly diagnosed sleep disturbance problems in America. It ruins the rest of an estimated 25 million Americans on a regular basis. Since apnea can disturb sleep without completely awakening the subject, millions more likely are un-diagnosed sufferers. The condition prevents the sleeper from entering rapid eye movement (REM) and Delta sleep when restoration occurs, causing them to become anxious, cantankerous and tired during the day. Additionally, due to the nature of the condition, blood oxygen levels tend to be lower than normal for very prolonged periods of time. This is damaging to the brain and heart in particular and causes chronic health problems.

Yet while both of these conditions can ruin one’s sleep, I’ve developed two formulas that address each problem effectively and safely—and deliver improved sleep.

The combination of herbs is designed to attack the problem on a number of different levels and is a unique, multi-dimensional approach to an elusive problem.

•Women are affected slightly more often than men.
• Most people with severe cases of the disease are middle-aged or older.
• Those with affected family members usually get restless legs syndrome at a younger age, but it progresses more slowly.

HOW HERBS HELP

Try applying a soothing and restorative herbal decoction directly to the area where discomfort and restlessness is occurring.

Wild yam is a muscle relaxant and anti-spasmodic. Lavender, sage and St. John’s wort provide nerve-soothing calm to the muscles. Peppermint and rosemary enhance blood and lymphatic flow and greatly improve muscle bundle suppleness.

These herbs act together to relax and restore muscles and nerves that are in need of help and attention. They offer a natural means for assisting the body in its recovery from overwork and long days.

For sleep apnea, surgery only works on a small percentage of the people and is expensive and painful. More than half the people who try the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine cannot sleep with it on their face. The appropriate alternative is not to cut flesh from your pharynx or to use heavy equipment to force air into your lungs.

Before resorting to surgery or CPAP, the formula I developed to deal with this problem could well be appropriate. The formula accentuates the ability of the brain to communicate with the diaphragm so that it maintains proper blood oxygen levels that keep the safety systems from causing rapid inhalation and the stop-and-go patterns when they disengage.

With the problem accurately characterized, knowing how to help becomes clear. Sure, it is beneficial to strengthen the muscles of the soft palate, just as it is advantageous to reduce muscular tension in the neck. Both of these things make a noticeable improvement; however, the most dramatic impact can be made by the administration of a few common herbs: lobelia, meadowsweet, thyme, camomile and cramp bark.

Lobelia, used in small doses, is a respiratory stimulant. This herb, when taken before bed, can actually increase the level of respiration so the blood oxygen level does not drop to dangerous levels. It should be used in conjunction with meadowsweet to enhance absorption.

Thyme has traditionally been used to enhance pleural activity and makes an excellent contribution to maintaining normal respiration. To round out the combination, chamomile aids in relaxing and cramp bark helps upper trapezius muscles let down rigid tense shoulders.

To try these herbs in one easy to use formula, try Leg Relaxer and Sleep Apnea Relief, two formulas developed by Nature’s Rite Remedies (www.mynaturesrite.com).

This “bouquet” of herbs helps to open up nerve flow in muscles, increases drowsiness, enhances respiration and protects the stomach lining. The first night of an apnea episode is expected to be corrected within 30 minutes of taking one capsule.

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