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How to sleep better

Learn how to cope better with some common health complaints and sleep better

There are a number of factors that affect how well we sleep, including health conditions and stress. Marianna Kilburn, our Sleep advisor, examines some of these factors and explores ways to overcome them.

Join experts Eileen Durward and Alison Cullen in the beautiful A.Vogel garden as they talk about sleep and why it is the one remedy we cannot do without. Discover their tips on how to improve your sleep quality including lifestyle changes and how herbs such as Hops and Valerian can help promote a better night’s sleep.


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    Sam — 10.10.2017 16:29
    I haven't slept properly in years I'm lucky if I get 4 hours sleep, what do you think the problem could be? Also sometimes i don't wake up to go to the toilet do you think that's something to do with me not sleeping aswell?


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      Marianna — 10.10.2017 19:42
      Hi Sam, sorry to hear you’ve not slept well for years. Have you sought medical advice on this issue and what have you tried so far? A few examples of the things that can contribute to poor sleep are: Stress Poor diet (too much sugar, caffeine, alcohol and processed foods etc) Dehydration Hormonal changes in mid 40’ - mid 50’s to name but a few! Are any of these issues a problem for you or are you aware of what might be causing this? When you say you don’t wake up to go to the toilet, can you clarify that for me?


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      Sam — 10.10.2017 19:56
      I have been given sleeping tablets they don't work, I'm on my 26 so definitely not that one lol I don't have any stress and my diets fine, so I do not have a clue why I don't sleep, I wet the bed sometimes and also sometimes it's sweat instead of urine


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      Marianna — 10.10.2017 20:23
      Have you been back to your GP for further support and advice? I would recommend doing so, if you have not done so already? If that avenue does not help you to resolve the problem, it may be helpful to consider seeing a local herbalist or nutritionist. As we cannot consult with people in depth, on a one to one basis, via the internet, it is often more practical, in circumstances with a longer history, to work with a practitioner. This gives both you and the practitioner a time and place to discuss the history of your sleeping problem, and establish between you a suitable programme of action through which you can be monitored for improvements. You can find local practitioners via these links or on recommendation from friends and family: I do hope you find someone locally who can help you to resolve this.


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      Sam — 10.10.2017 21:00
      Yeah I'm going to go back to my doctors and hope they can do something for me as I have no clue what is wrong with me, thank you for you help and advice :)


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    Sam — 10.10.2017 16:25
    I haven't slept properly in years I'm lucky if I get 4 hours sleep, what do you think the problem could be? Also sometimes i don't wake up to go to the toilet do you think that's something to do with me not sleeping aswell?


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    Teresa — 15.08.2017 22:34
    I am on a life change healthy eating meat veg salad water but ever since I can't sleep it could be a coincidence I go to bed at 12 in early hours because if I go to bed earlier I just lay there awake and I wake up through the night it's really upsetting me


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