Not getting enough sleep in your life?
Join the party! 67% of adults in the US reported that they just simply do not get enough sleep and constantly wake up feeling unrested.
Sleep quite simply is the opportunity your body and brain takes to rest, regenerate, detoxify and process stress and free radical oxidation.
It’s when our body does it’s internal housekeeping, gives our minds desperately needed REM sleep (without which we would die) and a break from modern day fight or flight responses which see us in a constant low grade level of stress. High quality sleep rejuvenates our brain and nervous system as well as protects our brain from premature ageing and degeneration.
The hormone melatonin naturally increases after sundown and during the night in a normal circadian rhythm, which increases immune function and helps protect us agains infection. (This is why you’re so likely to get a cold or flu after not sleeping well for a few nights.)
In fact, sleep is so important to our overall health that total sleep deprivation has been proven to be fatal: lab rats denied the chance to rest die within two to three weeks.
enhances memory and mental clarity
improves athletic performance
boosts mood and overall energy
improves immune function
increases stress tolerance
Fewer than 6 hours of sleep per day is associated with low-grade chronic inflammation and worsening insulin resistance, as well as increased risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
We firmly believe that lack of sleep and stress are the two biggest health challenges we face today, but it’s much easier for most people to make changes in their diet than it is for them to improve their sleep and manage their stress.
So here are some basic pointers to get you started. Really try and work on these to give your body and brain a fighting chance to get to sleep.
Reduce your exposure to artificial light:
Artificial light disrupts our circadian rhythm and throws off our sleep.
Don’t be too full – or too hungry:
Some people sleep better after eating a light dinner. This is especially true for those with digestive issues. Others – like those with a tendency toward hypoglycemia – do better with a snack before bed (and possibly even during the night).
Go to bed earlier:
In the early part of the night (11pm – 3am), the majority of those cycles are composed of deep non-REM sleep (stages 3 and 4) and very little REM sleep. In the second half of the night (3am – 7am) this balance changes and are comprised of more REM sleep (the stage associated with dreaming) as well as a lighter form of non-REM sleep (stage 2).
What’s important about this is that deep stage 3 and 4 sleep is where our body regenerates and repairs tissue and engages in other restorative processes. If we don’t get enough deep sleep, we can’t rejuvenate and heal.
We’ve got a pretty amazing all natural sleep supplement available too when you’ve actioned all of the above and you’re still not getting enough sleep…..you can read about this below.
DoTerra have combined lavender essential oil, lemon balm, passionflower, chamomile and L-Theanine into little soft gel capsules that calm the nervous system and induce sleep naturally without any grogginess or other side effects.
L-Theanine is an amino acid found exclusively in teas from Camellia Sinensis which alter levels of various neurotransmitters in our brain and produce a calming effect.
Take 2 before bed and apply the Serenity oil blend to your Occipital Point which is the little concave spot on the back of your neck and wrists.
The Serenity Oil Blend goes by the name of Lavender Peace here in Australia (exactly the same product). It’s designed to calm the nervous system, reduce anxiety and stress and promote relaxation.
The Blend contains Lavender, cedar wood, ho wood leaf, yang yang, marjoram, roman chamomile, vetiver, vanilla and hawaiian sandalwood essential oils.
This blend can also be used during the day if you are feeling particularly stressed out and wired. Put a drop or two in your hands, rub them together and cup over your nose so that you can breathe in the aroma and affect your amygdala. You can also apply it to your wrists.
The Oil Blend and the Softgels are designed to work powerfully together but the soft gels are amazing by themselves as well if you’re a guy who doesn’t particularly like the smell of lavender.
Would you like to try them for yourselves??
Reach out and we’ll tell you how to get them to your door quick smart so you can do this 😴😴😴 .