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Stress and sleep health

Life can be stressful, so at Discount Drug Stores we want to make health advice easy and stress-free.

Regular exercise, plenty of sleep, good nutrition and looking after your mental health are some of the best ways to help combat the symptoms of stress, but in some instances, vitamins, supplements and minerals may provide additional support if you think you’re not getting enough vitamins in your daily diet or you require a little extra help to get a good night’s sleep or decompress from a stressful day, speak to your local Discount Drug Stores team to discuss if vitamins and supplements may be right for you.

 Always read the label. Follow directions for use. If symptoms persist, change or worsen talk to your health professional. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.

  • Magnesium is an important mineral, as every cell and organ in our bodies needs magnesium to help it function, contributing to good bone health, as well as heart, brain and muscle function.1
  • Magnesium also helps to activate our parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for helping us feeling calm and relaxed, and helps to regulate the hormone melatonin, which guides sleep-wake cycles in our bodies.2

  • A good day starts with a good night’s sleep, and getting a good amount of rest is important for relieving stress.
  • Melatonin is a natural hormone that your body produces to regulate your sleep-wake cycle, circadian rhythm and help you nod off at night. Some research suggests that melatonin vitamins might be helpful in treating mild sleep disorders such as delayed sleep, and providing some relief from jet lag or insomnia.3

  • B-complex vitamins usually contain all eight B vitamins, which play an important role in your metabolism and transforming your food into energy, but studies show they may also play a role in improving mood, energy levels, and stress symptoms by lowering blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine.4
  • Great food sources of B vitamins include dairy products, leafy greens, meats, eggs and legumes.

  • Glycine is an amino acid and building block of protein which helps to stimulate the production of serotonin, the feel-good hormone. Your body naturally produces glycine from other amino acids, but glycine is found in foods which are rich in protein like fish, dairy, meat and poultry.
  • For vegans or vegetarians, other great sources of glycine are pasta and cereal.5

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