Women today are desperate for sleep! So desperate that
they are willing to risk the side effects of Tylenol PM, Lunesta, or Ambien. These
drugs and sleeping pills don't get to the root of sleep problems, and can leave
women feeling awful in the morning. The good news is that you can reset your sleep-wake
cycle by understanding more about its root causes and working with nature's safe
and effective supplements to gently remind the body to rest.
Like it or not, we are constantly exposed to light and electronic pollution. Unlike
our ancestors, we can have light, instant communication, and electronic entertainment
at any hour of the day without even leaving our homes! These luxuries send wake-up
messages to the brain and can confuse the body when it's time to sleep. Lights also
allow us to work longer hours, make trips late at night, and many other things to
ignite the nervous system and heighten our stress response.
Sleep tips for every day
Eat and drink for sleep. The diet for adrenal fatigue
isn’t just about food. When you eat matters as much as what you eat – as well as
when and how well you sleep! Of course, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol may be factors
to consider. But connect all the dots and you will heal!
Adapt your routine. Set a reasonable bedtime, unplug before
bed, and try exercising in the morning or at midday instead of in the evening.
Promote good sleep hygiene. Be sure your room is dark,
quiet, and has comfortable bedding. Don't allow electronics or digital clocks to
"zap" you in the night.
Consider your stress and anxiety. The stress hormone cortisol
is connected to our circadian rhythms. Supporting healthy cortisol balance and adrenal
health may help to reset your sleep-wake cycle.
Sleep cycles gone wild — a product of our modern lifestyle
Many women are surprised to hear that our stress response is intimately connected
to our sleep rhythms. Here's an overview of what can happen:
1. Any kind of stress — whether it's a traffic jam,
a disturbing phone call, or simply the light of a computer screen — can send a message
to the brain to prepare for "fight or flight". Unfortunately, the primitive part
of our brain can't decipher a stressful phone call from a wild animal chasing us.
2. The sympathetic nervous system (see box below)
helps to prepare your body for the challenge by sending messages to various glands
and organs, including the adrenal glands.
3. Your adrenal glands, which hold the responsibility
of mediating your stress response (and many other things), release hormones like
adrenaline and cortisol.
4. Cortisol is intimately linked to your circadian
rhythm – the cycles of your daily life. It’s generally highest in the morning and
then gradually declines through the day to prepare you for sleep at night. But when
cortisol creeps up at night, the body is getting the message to stay awake and alert.
high cortisol levels can also lead to
The sympathetic nervous system prepares us to meet challenges
by sending messages to a number of different glands and organs, including the adrenal
glands. The adrenal glands are responsible for mediating our stress response through
hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. The cortisol curve, which is naturally highest
in the morning, can shift with unrelenting stress, making it difficult to sleep
The parasympathetic nervous system helps to balance the
sympathetic nervous system by allowing the body to rest, restore, and prepare for
the next challenge. The parasympathetic nervous system causes our blood pressure,
breathing, and heart rate to go down into a more relaxed state, while also supporting
digestion and immune function.
Common things you might not think are "stressful", like certain types of lighting,
computers, televisions, and cell phones, all have the ability to ignite the sympathetic
nervous system. And when the stress response is heightened on a regular basis, sleep
cycles can be thrown off night after night. The good news is that you can gently
remind your body what time it is. And you can do this through lifestyle modifications
and through herbs, minerals, and sleep-supporting molecules.
From age-old plants to the newest science, the natural sleep support options listed
below are highly effective. If you are interested in a combination product, we offer
Serinisol (passionflower, phosphatidylserine, calcium, and magnesium) in our
Adrenal Health Program.
Natural sleep support
To shift your cortisol curve and quiet the sympathetic nervous system we can use
natural support instead of over-the-counter options like Tylenol PM. Herbs and minerals
like passionflower, chamomile, calcium, and magnesium can help to calm the sympathetic
nervous system and encourage the parasympathetic. Naturally occurring molecules
like phosphatidylserine can help moderate the stress response. Explore our natural
sleep support apothecary to the right to learn more about how these natural options
work with your body.
Our approach to sleep
Let's face it, our world has changed. Between artificial lighting and our responsibilities
as mothers, daughters, wives, and caretakers, we are sometimes confronted with stress
on an hourly or even minute-to-minute basis. No wonder we can't sleep or
find anxiety relief! So we've developed an approach to help you better respond
to stress in a way that doesn't compromise your health. As one of the best antidotes
to stress, sleep support is an important component of this program. Here's how we
- High-quality nutrient support. We offer a doctor-formulated multivitamin,
with an ideal ratio of calcium and magnesium to support your bones, your body, and
your sleep. And we also created an eating plan designed to work with your body to
level out stress and provide enough energy to help you sail through your day.
- Advisors you can talk to. Our Advisors are available to talk with
you about your health concerns and share their wisdom about how to make our approach
work for you.
- Adaptisol. Our phytotherapeutic formulation is designed to improve
the resilience of a woman's response to heightened stress in her life. It has helped
thousands of women get on the path to better adrenal health.
- Serinisol. This product combines calcium, magnesium, phosphatidylserine,
and passionflower to help down-regulate your cortisol, dissolve anxiety, and support
Many of us who are invested in natural health can become frustrated with all the
toxins, electronics, and anxiety that are so pervasive in our modern world. Sleep
is the most natural way to counteract these modern ills. We urge you to protect
your sleep. Good sleep is essential to good health — and given all the wonderful
sleep aids Nature has in stock, you can leave prescription and over-the-counter
sleeping pills as the path of last resort to get you there. Sweet dreams!