For a Good Night’s Sleep Here Are 20 Facts

Want a Good Night’s Sleep Here are 20 Facts

Sleep is one of the great mysteries of life.  A good night’s sleep is one of the cornerstones of health.  Six to Eight hours per night seems to be the optimal amount of sleep for most adults.  Too much or too little can have adverse effects on your health.  If you want a good night’s sleep here are 20 facts.

Optimizing Your Sleep

Good NIght's Sleep
Good Night’s Sleep
  • Sleep in complete darkness, or as close to it as possible. Even the glow from your clock radio could be interfering with your sleep.
  • Snoring is the primary cause of sleep disruption for approximately 90 million American adults; 37 million on a regular basis.
  • More than eight in ten people think that people often or sometimes misuse prescription sleep aids.
  • Some studies show the use of melatonin shortens the time it takes to fall asleep and reduce the number of awakenings.
  • One of the primary causes of excessive sleepiness among Americans is self-imposed sleep deprivation.
  • People who don’t sleep enough are more likely to have bigger appetites due to the fact that their leptin levels (the appetite-regulating hormone) fall, promoting appetite increase.
  • A seasonal disorder is believed to be influenced by the changing patterns of light and darkness that occur with the approach of winter.
  • Wind down and relax before going to bed. Try to go over the day’s activities and work out a plan of action for the next day.  Do not exercise too late in the evening.

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Can Adaptogen Herbs Help Stress?

Choosing the right Adaptogen Herbs for Stress

Adaptogen Herbs
Adaptogen Herbs

Natural medicine has long appreciated herbs as natural sources for treating stress.  One such example of this is adaptogen herbs.  This is especially true when your body is  supported

emotionally and nourished physically by wholesome food and select herbs.

For numerous people contending with daily anxiety and frazzled nerves, long-term stress has become a widely common occurrence. Adaptogens work through hormonal regulation of the stress response, by fortifying the body’s immune system as they decrease cellular sensitivity to stress.  Adaptogen herbs include panax  ginseng, holy basil (ocimum sanctum), astragalas root, ashwagandha (withania somnifera), rhodiola (rhodiola rosea), Licorice Root  and reishi (ganoderma lucidum), mushroom.   Today I will discuss the seven I believe to be the most beneficial as part of a stress relieving lifestyle.  I have used most of these herbs and found them to be very helpful.

Top 7 Adaptogen Herbs for Stress

Panax Ginseng

Panax ginseng is one well known adaptogen and considered by many to be the most potent.  In humans, Panax ginseng has been shown to improve calmness and some aspects of working memory in healthy young adults. Read More

Ever Wonder What Homeopathy Is and How Does It Work?

Ever Wonder What Homeopathy Is and How It Works?

Homeopathy
Homeopathy

The wisdom and logic of homeopathic medicines are that instead of suppressing symptoms with fever-lowering drugs, a small dose of medicine that might actually cause a fever or flu-like condition will be used to augment your immune and defense system. Or,  put another way, it helps to balance your body’s energy, called chi in traditional Chinese medicine.  This energy is circulated through your body along specific meridians, and when this circulation gets disrupted, illness can result.

Homeopathy was founded by a German physician Dr. Samuel Hahnemann based on the theory that “like cures like”.  Homeopathic solutions themselves contain minuscule doses of plants, minerals, animal products, or other compounds that cause symptoms similar to what you are already experiencing.  The remedies have been diluted many times over, and the idea is that the substance will stimulate your body’s own “anti-inflammatory” response, and this will help you maintain homeostasis. They are commonly administered in pellet form, dissolved under the tongue. Read More