In my series on slumber so far, we have learned that staying busy at the expense of rest is a bad trade-of.
Being underslept negatively impacts job performance, brain health, cognitive function, emotional balance, relationships, and general wellness. In fact, sleep is as vital for health as nutrition, movement, self-care, relationships, and socio-economic factors. It is essential for cardiovascular, hormone, metabolic, immune, brain, and emotional health.
Having a regular sleep schedule and routine which relaxes your body and brain is imperative to optimizing sleep and your overall health.
- the stages of sleep
- the 4 sleep cycles
- chronotypes and a quiz to find out yours (what they are, the four types, and how they impact lifestyle)
- sleep disorders
- 11 tips for enhancing slumber from a neuroscientist
- aromatherapy for sleep
Knowledge of these aspects can help one understand that cutting sleep short can interrupt reparative processes and functions in the brain and body. Furthermore, understanding your particular chronotype (e.g., night owl vs. early bird) can be helpful to adjust the timing of your lifestyle interventions.
If you are having trouble sleeping, all is not lost. Along with conventional care, a naturopathic and functional medicine doctor can help to further address the underlying issues of why you can’t get sleep. They can also support and revitalize the body and brain from sleep deprivation as sleep is improved.
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Naturopathic Medicine and Holistic Resources for Hormonal, Mood, and Digestive Support
- Free resources and more education on essential oils and mind-body wellness are available to you here.
- Tools for coping with isolation and separation.
- An Integrative Mental Health and Stress Resource Guide.
- My free online essential oils database.
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Disclaimer: This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.