Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Apparently as many as 16 million UK adults* are suffering from sleepless nights. That’s 1 in 3 adults who suffer from insomnia. Have you ever suffered with this debilitating sleep disorder?

Sleep is essential for our general well-being. When we sleep it allows for healing to take place. It helps to keep our hormones balanced, improves immune health, digestion, brain health and also skin health. It also gives us a better capacity to cope with everyday stresses and gives us the ability to make sound judgments. 

How can we make sure we get enough quality Zzzz’s?

  • Many studies are being done to understand the connection between our gut and our brain health. Our gut microbiome is the complex community of microorganisms that live in our digestive tract. So if you’ve been having trouble sleeping, embracing a gut-friendly diet and lifestyle will put you on the right path to protecting your overall health which will also give you a better chance for some good sleep.
  • It’s uber important to get enough exercise as it releases tension and toxins which help relieve the body of any mental and physical reasons which could be keeping you awake at night. Exercise boosts the effect of natural sleep hormones such as melatonin.
  • What’s your bedtime ritual? Is it to look at Instagram or watch TV in bed? This will stimulate your mind and the light from your devices will deplete your melatonin levels. If you are struggling with sleep, try reading a book. According to a study conducted in 2009 by researchers at the University of Sussex showed that six minutes of reading reduces stress by 68%, clearing the mind will really help to calm the body and induce natural sleep. 
  • Meditation is an ancient practice which can improve symptoms of Insomnia by reducing measures of arousal in the brain, whether you do it for just 10 minutes in the morning or before you go to bed, this will train your brain to clear itself of negative thought patterns or the constant chatter in our minds which can keep you awake at night. 
  • Digestion is a very common reason why some people can’t sleep. If you are making your digestive system active just before bed, your liver and kidneys will be working hard, which could keep you awake. Your kidneys repair between the hours of 10-1am so its good to eat at least two hours before bed and try to get in a sleep routine where you go to bed at the same time if possible.

If you are looking for a good sleep formula without the health risks of prescribed sleeping tablets. We+People have formulated a blend of organic plant based ingredients listed below, which are all proven to induce calm and promote natural sleep.

Valerian Root:

A herb native to Asia and Europe, is often referred to as “nature’s Valium.” In fact, this herb has been used since ancient times to promote tranquility and improve sleep.

It contains a number of compounds that may promote sleep and reduce anxiety. These include valeric acid, isovaleric acid and a variety of antioxidants.

Valerian has received attention for its interaction with gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical messenger that helps regulate nerve impulses in your brain and nervous system. Researchers have shown that low GABA levels related to acute and chronic stress are linked to anxiety and low-quality sleep.

Ashwagandha: 

The Ashwagandha plant is a small shrub with yellow flowers that are native to India and North Africa. It is one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda, a form of alternative medicine based on Indian principles of natural healing.

It is best known for its stress-lowering effects. It’s classified as an “adaptogen,” meaning that it can help your body manage stress.

Bacopa: 

Bacopa Monnieri has been used for centuries in Ayurveda traditional medicine and has long been thought of as a “wonder herb.”

As a quintessential Adaptogen, it has a helpful effect on our stress management. It has similarities to L-Theanine, in that it reduces anxiety and keeps you calm, but also provides additional benefits such as enhancing your memory.

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Anxiety Blues

Have you ever woken up with butterflies in your tummy and thought, why? I have nothing to worry about so why am I feeling so nervous?

I have suffered for many years with this very problem and I didn’t know why. I was basically stuck in these anxious feelings which were worse in the mornings when I woke up, apparently, this is because a stress hormone called cortisol is highest in the morning. Cortisol helps your body respond to stress and regulates blood sugar levels.

I had a period in my life where I went through a lot of turmoil and it all seemed to happen within a few years. My mother had not one, but two serious illnesses that nearly killed her, I then went through a really traumatic break up with my partner and by this time I was emotional, mentally and physically wrecked.

My body was on the brink and my adrenal glands were exhausted, I had brain fog, tingling in my legs, I thought I had MS, one side of my body felt numb, I was sure that I had a serious disease in my body.

My doctor said ” I believe all your symptoms are from anxiety”

As I tried to move on from all the stress, I got recurring cystitis, my body was so inflamed, I was given antibiotic after antibiotic and I just thought to myself, I can’t keep living like this.

I started to try to heal myself, I went to see naturopaths and acupuncturists, homeopaths and herbalists. I was quite dizzy and confused by it all, I studied my conditions on the internet, I couldn’t shake the anxiety, no matter what I tried.

It was a slow process but I followed diets to improve my adrenal function and support my liver and I took herbs such as Ashwagandha which really worked. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen which supports the adrenal glands by promoting homeostasis in the body. Not only does it calm down the body and our mental processes, it helps promote better sleep, which in turn supports the adrenals and promotes better thyroid health which is also closely linked to stress.

I found Yoga with Adrienne helped a lot and I meditated for at least 5 minutes every evening before bed just to calm my mind. I also drank relaxing herbal teas such as Tulsi tea or Camomile and tried supplementing with Ashwagandha. I also supported my health with reflexology and did regular exercise as this helped me to sweat out any toxins that were accumulating in my body. I also found the steam room and sauna great for this.

Eventually, you will start to see an improvement in your mental health and your stress levels will alleviate. You will still get days when you are anxious but you will learn how to let it go, its all about letting it go and not getting stuck in that anxious mindset.

What caused it in the first place?

We naturally have a stress hormone called adrenalin which kicks in to warn us of danger, from the days when we had to run from our predators. Nowadays it is more from our modern life stresses such as our boss or relationships and other triggers. The fight or flight response gets stuck and this is when our body finds it hard to cope. Its literally taken me 2 years to actually feel better and I still have bad days, the slightest stressful thing can throw me into an anxious state. The time it takes will be different for everyone but I am proof that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.