The Importance of Sleep
Sleep is important for optimal health in so many ways. A good nights rest contributes to optimum tissue repair, hormone balance, blood sugar regulation, learning ability and memory function. Long term poor sleep is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stress, obesity, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
Sleep is a hormone dependent process, and with all the variables in our lives that can affect proper hormone balance (diet, toxins, artificial light, electronic devices, etc) it makes sense that many people struggle with sleep. This is also why times when hormones change often have a negative effect on sleep (menopause, puberty, pregnancy, etc)
Tips to Sleep Well
- Sleep Routine. This doesn’t just apply for kids! A relaxing, routine activity right before bedtime conducted away from bright lights helps separate your sleep time from activities that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety which can make it more difficult to fall asleep, get sound and deep sleep or remain asleep.
- Exercise. Vigorous exercise is best, but even light exercise is better than no activity. Exercise at any time of day, but not at the expense of your sleep.
- Foods to Include. Healthy fats such as coconut oil, organic and pasture raised meats, eggs, avocado and butter all help provide your body with the necessary building blocks to manufacture sleep hormones. Your evening meal should include proteins, vegetables and healthy fats. Eating enough protein at this meal will help prepare the body to enter the sleep cycle.
- Foods to Avoid. Sugars and Grains can cause a blood sugar spike and crash that will lead to difficulty falling or staying asleep. They are also stressors and inflammatory foods. Vegetable oils can also wreak havoc as they give the body the wrong building blocks for hormone production.
- Aromatherapy. Place a couple of drops of essential oil on your pillow case or use an oil diffuser. Essentials oils aiding sleep include Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Sandalwood, Marjoram, Lemon and Peppermint.
- Light. Exposure to light and the outdoors, exercise and activity helps our brain to register as day time. Darkness stimulates hormone secretions, particularly, melatonin which helps promote restful sleep. At night, dim your lights and screens, or better yet, turn them all off after 8pm and use a salt lamp or orange light. Particularly avoid blue lights (TV, Computer, Phone) as the blue light that LED screens give off can slow or halt the production of melatonin.
- Bedroom Prep. You can invest in a dark blackout shade that covers all of your windows. You can also wear an eye mask. Ear plugs and closing windows and doors for noise reduction is also helpful.
Lunar Bathing Tea
Lunar Bathing Tea includes a mix of herbs, salts and flowers to help support a deeper, more rejuvenating sleep cycle. This is a gentle comforting aroma of earthy botanicals. Take a relaxing bath for 15-20mins with our Lunar Bathing Tea and sleep sweet tonight.
Radiance Sleep Serum
Packed with plant oils, vitamins and essential fatty acids including Vitamin A, E, CoQ10 and Marine Collagen. This anti-ageing serum puts back in what time takes away as you sleep.
Honeybush Massage Oil
Take time out to enjoy a relaxing, rejuvenating massage with this deeply moisturising massage oil. It will leave you feeling relaxed and ready for bed.