We all know that sleep is one of the most important things our bodies need to stay healthy and charged – yet lack of sleep is one of the most common complaints we have. So, what is causing this trouble with sleep?
Medical conditions that can contribute to sleep disorders include sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, restless leg syndrome, and even acid reflux. But, sleep can also be affected by medications, caffeine, snacking and alcohol.
Another important aspect for good sleep is the environment where you sleep. Continue reading “Having Trouble With Sleep? Here Are Some Tips to Help”
My journey with essential oils and aromatherapy started over 20 years ago when I started having sleep issues. I used a balm that had calming essential oils. I noticed the benefits immediately and since then, I have continued to use essential oils for many purposes. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants for healing. Scent is a key component in the use of essential oils, but they can also be applied to the skin in a massage for other direct health benefits.
Not all scents are created equally. Pure essential oils are derived from natural sources, like flowers or herbs, and have no chemical additives. Continue reading “Essential Oils 101”
People who have trouble sleeping may be at greater risk of heart attacks and stroke. According to a new Chinese study published in the journal Neurology, people who struggled to fall asleep, woke up too early, or struggled to focus during the day because of lack of sleep, were 18% more likely to suffer from a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular disease. The link between insomnia symptoms and these diseases was even stronger in younger adults and people who did not have high blood pressure at the start of the study, so future research should look especially at early detection and interventions aimed at these groups. Continue reading “Insomnia Linked to Heart Attacks”
We know that not sleeping is unhealthy. And yet many of us are sleep deprived. So if we know that not getting enough shut-eye can be harming our health, what is keeping everyone awake at night?
The amount of sleep that is needed for good health varies per individual and with age, and the effects associated with insufficient sleep differ just as much. What is consistent is that we know why sleep is required for health.
• Sleep plays a role in brain function by helping to clean the pathways in the brain, and without sleep, your sensitive neurons cannot form new memories or learn. Continue reading “Why Sleep is Required for Health”
When you think of melatonin, the first thing that probably comes to mind is supporting sleep. It can be very helpful for initiating sleep, increasing sleep duration, as well as regulating circadian rhythm and reducing jet lag. But research shows that melatonin also has other exciting and significant health benefits. For example, studies indicate that it can also protect against neurodegenerative diseases and brain injury, help with migraines, provide important support for cancer patients, support heart health, and protect the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
Part of the brain (pineal gland) makes hormones, one of which is melatonin. Continue reading “Melatonin Benefits: Sleep and More”