In our busy lives of appointments, events, to do lists, family responsiblities, and every other detail of our lives, it’s no wonder people have a hard time relaxing, let alone, getting to sleep.
With thoughts of all the things to accomplish, many of us lie awake in bed for hours, becoming more stressed thinking about how we need to sleep and yet, there we are, awake with no sight of sleep in the near future. Fortunately, there is a way to a good night’s and you’re about to discover it.
Our body functions on the messages our brain tells it. With a busy schedule, your brain tells your body there is a lot to do and so you need to stay turned on. Like any other living being, we all need time to rest and rejuvenate. We need to turn on the off switch. But how do we do that? With the wonderful world of gifts Nature have provided. Let’s look at some of those offerings.
- Tart cherry. Tart cherries have naturally occurring melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that is released from the pineal gland at night. It helps us fall asleep. As it gets darker, our bodies produce more melatonin. Having a dark environment helps us feel more relaxed and sleepier. (Getting sleepy….)
- Valerian root. Valerian has been used since ancient times to help relax the body. Scientists believe it helps to enhance the production of GABA in our brains. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmittor that turns on the off switch in our nervous system and helps relaxation set in. Some studies have shown that it can support getting to sleep faster and can even reinforce good quality sleep. (Feeling more relaxed….)
- Theanine. L- theanine is an amino acid found in tea leaves. It is consumed all over the world and is thought to be part of the flavor of tea. In studies, it has been shown to heighten alpha brain waves, which are present when we feel more relaxed. People experience alpha wave states when they are in deep meditation with their eyes closed. (Going into deeper relaxation….)
- Chamomile. Chamomile has been used for centuries to support relaxation and digestion. When we look at its effects in the brain, we see that it binds to GABA receptors, enhancing its relaxation effects and keeps the off switch working. (Sleeping….zzzz….)
If you’ve wondered how you can make your mind stop racing and get to sleep faster, now you know Nature’s secrets.