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It takes me ages to wake up in the morning. Can you help ?

There are two reasons. First, you may not be getting as good a quality of sleep as you think. The dream cycle in sleep is important for regenerating your mind and ironing out the difficulties of the preceding day, but many people have patchy sleep patterns and may wake up during the night, or do not sleep well enough for optimum dream activity. This can leave them exhausted in the morning. The amino acid GABA, and the herbs valerian, hops and passion flower, can all help. GABA is made in the body from glutamine, another amino acid. Combinations of these relaxing herbs and amino acids can help you sleep and wake up refreshed.

The second reason is that you may be waking up with a low blood sugar level. If so, you need to review your diet and intake of sugar and stimulants, especially caffeinated drinks such as tea and coffee. Cut these right out, along with chocolate, and go for a diet high in vegetables and fruits, high-quality protein such as free-range chicken and tofu, and wholegrains such as rye and quinoa. Be sure to drink 1.5 litres of water a day too.

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