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Stress + Sleep Tips and Remedies

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Alternative Sleep Remedies 

 
Valerian - A flowering plant with medicinal uses dating back to the Greco-Roman period. Supplements made from the root of this plant may help you fall asleep faster.
 
Lemon Balm - Dates back to the Middle Ages, and has been used for its calming effects and may improve sleep quality.
 
Aromatherapy - Lavender oil may help promote deep sleep. Try an essential oil diffuser with lavender for a good night's rest.
 
 

Sleep Tips

 

  • Consistency is key: Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning.

 

  • Try different breathing exercises: Keep your focus on your breath flowing in and out of your body. If any worries or distracting thoughts come into your mind, refocus back to how your breath is moving.

 

  • Red light may help you sleep better: It is ideal for evenings because it has a lower color temperature than regular sunlight. You can be immersed in red light at night without altering your internal clock; blue light from electronic screens suppresses melatonin which helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle.
 
 

Alternative Stress Remedies

 

Passion Flower - Native Americans used passion flower as a sedative. When used as a supplement, passionflower may reduce the symptoms of anxiety.

 

Ashwagandha - An important herb in the traditional medicine system of India known as Ayurveda. It dates back to 6000 BC. The root is used as an adaptogen, which may help the body manage stress.

 

Aromatherapy - Try a few drops of jasmine, bergamont or lavender oil in a diffuser to help create a calming environment in your home.

 

 

Stress Tips:

 
  • Find a hobby: Doing something you enjoy makes you feel good. Participating in activities involving other people can reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation and can actually increase brain function.
 
  • Meditate: Try a phone app like Calm© or Headspace© to help decrease anxiety. 
 
  • Let it go!: Don't dwell on past experiences. Do what you can in the moment.