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Catch Some Zzzzz, Sleep Better

Natural Solutions for Sleeping Soundly  Who doesn't wish of having 8+ hours of an uninterrupted, deep, quality sleep feeling refreshed and ready to embrace the new day? At least 35% of Americans suffer from insomnia. If you are one of the millions of people who can't seem to get a decent dose of shut eye, then read on and learn about the natural solutions available. March 10th is Insomnia Awareness Day so pass this information along to friends and family too! Don’t let insomnia prevent you or your loved ones from sleeping well and feeling your best! 

Acupuncture will help you get your Zzzzz's Acupuncture stimulates specific points along the body to correct and balance the body's systems. By influencing the gases, blood and fluids of the body, through channels called meridians, acupuncture is able to decrease inflammation, regulate stress and calm the nervous system. The thin needles used in acupuncture stimulate electro conduction within the body to open the blocked channels by directly influencing the gases of the body, like Nitric Oxide, and allow your brain to better understand that it’s time to go to sleep and regulate your circadian rhythm. It also signals the release of neuro-endocrine chemicals, like tryptophan and melatonin, to help you fall asleep and stay asleep naturally.

Sleep Promoting Foods Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that converts to serotonin, which then converts to melatonin.

Melatonin helps maintain our sleep and wake cycle by causing drowsiness and lowers body temperature, working with the central nervous system to sync our biological clock.  Bananas contain tryptophan,and potassium and magnesium as well, which are muscle relaxants. Tart cherry juice, turkey, nuts, tofu, seeds, milk, cheese, red meat, chicken, oats, beans and eggs are full of tryptophan!

Your Unique Sleep Ritual

Establish a calming ritual that you do every night before crawling in bed, and you will find it easier to transition from being awake to being asleep.

The ritual is also a time to relax and let go of stress and thoughts that crowd your head and keep you up.

Common practices include a warm bath with lavender scented Epsom salts, chamomile or kava tea, our Serenity tea, Full Spectrum Hemp Oil- try our Relief Oil Roll on or our Hemp Oil Drops; deep breathing or meditation, soft music like the "liquid mind" station on Pandora and a diffuser scenting the air with a blend of calming essential oils like ylang-ylang, rose, bergamot and lavender.

The Restless Sleep Culprits! Avoid the following practices that prevent you from dozing off to the land of slumber: Internet browsing in bed Watching TV in bed Texting Keeping your cell phone in your bedroom Digital lights in your bedroom Uncomfortable pillows and mattress Bedroom temperature is too hot or too cold Inconsistent sleep and wake schedule Late afternoon naps

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