5 Easy Sleep & Stress Remedies

 
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Ever hit the snooze button 1 or 9 times too many in the morning? Of course you have. We all have. So how can you make it stop?

A good night's sleep is essential for your overall health and well-being, yet 40% of Americans get less than the recommended minimum amount (7 hours) per night, according to a Gallup survey. I've tried a few proven ways to get yourself to sleep naturally, for those nights when you're stuck in front of the blue light of your cell phone. 

Keep in mind-it's important to make sure you get to the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep stage, each night, and psychopharmacology can either increase or suppress this stage. The nicotine patch has been shown to significantly enhance REM sleep, whereas common antidepressants suppress it, for example.

REM sleep is vital for stimulating the areas of your brain necessary for memory and learning. I hope one of these sleep remedies can help you get your REM sleep, and skip the dread of your alarm. All of these have been tested in the National Institutes of Health as proven natural alternatives to get your Zzz's. 

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Remember, all supplements and herbs are not created equal. Many have unnecessary additives, colors, fillers, and allergens. Additionally, raw materials may not be tested for toxins like heavy metals.

If you’d like to try some of these, I’d recommend Nature’s Sunshine. Their products are free from additives, all tested for heavy metals and toxins, and they’re absorbed quickly and effectively. Here’s some more information on magnesium complex and lavender to start. Make sure to check in with you doctor if you’re taking certain medications.

Have you tried any of these? Leave a comment below with your favorite! 

 

 

 

Sources

1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28323628

2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15700178

3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2995283/

4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612440/

5) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4394901/

6) http://news.gallup.com/poll/166553/less-recommended-amount-sleep.aspx

7) https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Understanding-Sleep  

8) https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/dream-catcher/201112/psychopharmacology-rem-sleep-and-dreams