Sleep

  TROUBLE SLEEPING?

Sleep deprivation may negatively impact a person's mental and physical health, their performance at work or school, and their quality of life may all be negatively impacted by sleep deprivation. In addition, persistent sleep deprivation can indicate an underlying health issue such as sleep apnea or anxiety.

The effects of sleeplessness include impaired perception, difficulty keeping concentration, vision disturbances, slower reactions, and the occurrence of microepisodes of sleep during wakefulness, which reduces one's abilities and efficiency of task performance and increases one's error rate.

The problem of sleep loss is very common and often overlooked by physicians as a treatable health issue. Obstructive sleep apnea, depression, anxiety, and diabetes mellitus, as well as obesity, and hypertension, have strong associations with this condition. Heart attacks and strokes are risk factors associated with these medical and psychiatric comorbidities. 

Several studies have shown that sleep loss is more prevalent than previously thought. Americans who suffer from sleep deprivation are estimated to be between 50 and 70 million. Sleep loss is being driven by several broad societal changes, including longer hours, shift work, and easy access to television and the internet. 

Low testosterone levels and elevated cortisol levels are associated with chronic sleep deprivation. In the brain, testosterone enhances the action of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and serotonin systems. There is a possibility that this reduced function may cause mental disorders, including anxiety and depression. In addition, elevated serum cortisol levels are associated with depression, anxiety, hypertension, obesity, and type II diabetes. There is a correlation between chronic sleep deprivation and increased inflammatory markers, which are associated with all the comorbid conditions and psychosis mentioned above.

Mother Nature has provided us with countless herbal plants that are safe and natural to assist with sleep disorders. The herbs listed below are excellent for preventing sleep deprivation.

Valerian Root 

Valerian is commonly used to treat sleep disorders, especially insomnia. It is often combined with blue vervain, chamomile, or other herbs that assist with sleep disorders. Valerian is also known to help relax and strengthens the uterus. 

Raspberry Leaf 

Raspberry leaf has sedative and muscle relaxing properties that promote calmness and sleep.

Chamomile 

Chamomile has properties to aid sleep and digestion. In addition, chamomile improves digestive health, controls blood sugar levels, prevents osteoporosis, and improves heart health.

Blue Vervain 

Blue vervain is excellent to alleviate any issues associated with the central nervous system. Also beneficial for muscle relaxation and excellent for removing toxins from the body. 

Nettle Leaf

Nettle leaf is a natural sedative that assist in relaxing the muscles and promoting sleep.

Soursop Leaves

Taking soursop leaf tea increases serotonin levels, which reduces anxiety. Soursop leaftea is credited with clearing the mind and making sleep easier.



Below are also some great tea recipes that you can try at home.

 

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@thesmoothgeneration Nette, blue vervain, chamomile, and valerian root. #goodnight #sleep #tea #alkalineherbs #fypシ ♬ Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) - Kate Bush

 

 

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