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WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU HAD A REALLY GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP?

CATEGORY: 1: Simple Malnutrition

RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENT: SEA KELP

There has been a lot of media regarding the Chilean miners, rescued in October 2010, after spending 70 harrowing days below ground. Many of the 33 men now report problems sleeping, and it’s no wonder given what they’ve been through. Sleep disorders are experienced by many at different times and for different reasons. Some causes include (a) pain, (b) worry and stress, (c) medical disorders such as Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD), and (d) overuse of sleep inducing products, among others. We know that Michael Jackson died trying to get a good night’s sleep.

I sleep 9-10 hours a night, always have. I have to. You wouldn’t like me on the third day in a row without enough sleep. On weekends, I have been known to hibernate 14, 16, even 18 hours at a stretch in dreamland. My friend David tells me that I sleep more than his cats, which is a bit of an exaggeration. But it’s important to realize that not getting enough sleep is extremely detrimental to your health. Conditions reportedly linked to lack of enough sleep include, (a) decreased performance and alertness which can lead to injury from accidents, (b) memory and cognitive impairment, (c) impaired personal relationships, (d) depression, (e) weight gain, (f) attention deficit disorder, (g) heart problems, and (h) stroke, among others.

Since I’m a pretty hyper, type-A personality, I often lay my head down at night with too much adrenaline still coursing through my main frame. On those occasions, I take Sea Kelp and fifteen minutes later I’m drifting off. And there’s no drug hangover feeling the next morning. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that Kelp gave someone the best night’s sleep they’d had in years.

Excess adrenaline, created by myriad factors, is the usual cause for most problems falling asleep and staying asleep. Sea Kelp is a safe, easy, and inexpensive answer to the problem. It acts like a sponge in the blood stream, soaking up excess adrenaline. It is derived from the ocean grass commonly known as seaweed, and is a staple in the diets of many cultures. The main nutrient it contains is iodine, which is found in its largest concentrations in seafood, and in lesser quantities in spinach and other vegetables. Sea Kelp has a natural, tranquilizing effect on the body and mind. It helps calm and relax the thyroid and entire nervous system, which often stops the impulses that lead to RLS and PLMD, making it easier to fall asleep and stay sleep.

Most people report that Sea Kelp works even better when taken with Potassium. It seems to support an even deeper, well-rounded sleep, enhancing the effect of the Sea Kelp.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR TAKING SEA KELP

The amount of Sea Kelp each person needs is very subjective. Some nights, after an adrenaline rich day, you may need a whole 150 mg tablet. Some nights a quarter tab will do. Some nights it will take a half or none. When I first started using Sea Kelp as a sleep aid I had to take a whole tablet to feel the effect. Now, it takes usually only a half tablet. I think over time, taking Kelp has brought my set point down to a more relaxed place, so that it takes less to be effective.

You will have to experiment to see exactly what your own needs are. Start with one tablet on the first sleepless night, taken about a half hour before bedtime. Depending on how you feel the next night, take the same amount, or reduce or increase the dose over the prior night. Try not to take more than you absolutely need on any given night. You may want to purchase a pill cutter to avoid crushing the Kelp when you quarter or halve the tablet.

If you are still restless a half hour after taking the first tablet you may take more, but increase it slowly, by a half or quarter tablet and then wait. You don’t want to take too much and end up oversleeping, or feeling overly relaxed the next morning. If you want to play it safe, you can start with a quarter tablet on the first sleepless night, and then increase by quarter tablet increments each night, until you figure out how much you need to sleep well but wake up refreshed. Play around with it. It’s worth the effort to figure out what works best for you. When is the last time you had a really good night’s sleep?

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SUPPLEMENTS: Sea Kelp, Potassium

RECOMMENDED BRAND: Puritan’s Pride Sea Kelp #623,

Puritan’s Pride Potassium #1110

STRENGTH: Sea Kelp 150 mcg tablets; Potassium 99 mg tablets

DOSAGE (Adults): Sea Kelp: 1/2 tablet to 1 or more tablets,

Potassium: 1/2 to 1 tablet

(Children 10 and over):  Sea Kelp: 1/4 tablet to 1/2 tablet;
there is no Potassium taken with the 1/4 dose level;

With 1/2 tablet Sea Kelp, take 1/2 tablet Potassium.

TAKEN HOW:  30 minutes before bedtime

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NOTES

The only thing to be aware of is that you can become a little too mellow with Sea Kelp. It is one of the best natural tranquilizers available. I tell everyone this, but there are still people who don’t listen, and end up barely able to stand up from the kitchen table. If you find yourself feeling overly mellow, it’s the Sea Kelp, and you should decrease your dosage accordingly.

Sea Kelp is one of those products that marketers love to mess with. It is abundant and therefore cheap, because it comes from seaweed. They can’t make any money unless they fancy it up. Puritan’s Pride Sea Kelp will cost you around $4.95 for about 500 tablets, and it works the way I described here. I have tried more expensive Kelps with strains from Siberia and such, and discovered that, in fact, they do not work as well as Puritan’s Pride brand for the purpose discussed here.

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