As life gets busier it seems that there is no time to sleep. Even when you do grab a few hours, they usually aren’t very restful and leave you feeling just as fatigued as you were before. The sleep crisis facing many children and adults has caused them to become irritable, chronically tired, and even sick due to a compromised immune system.
Sleep is incredibly important for energy, restoring tired systems, and healing the body. In fact, the healing you experience while asleep is much more effective than anything you experience while awake.
With this in mind, a lack of sleep or sleep that isn’t restful becomes all the more alarming. Fortunately, there are various natural ways to improve sleep as well as treat insomnia.
The Importance of Restful Sleep
Restful sleep is one of the most important parts of life for a number of reasons. Children, teenagers and young adults under twenty-five require restful sleep to aid in their physical and mental development as well to keep their bodies working properly.
For older adults, sleep is important to keep up the immune system as well as help the body to age gracefully and heal when sick or injured. People often sleep after a trauma or ordeal because it is the body’s way of repairing itself after it has been stretched beyond its limits. For the day to day life, sleep is important for keeping up your energy and stamina as well as maintaining a strong immune system to fight disease and other illness.
Restful sleep is defined by deep sleep that may include dreaming, also known as REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. When restful sleep is achieved, you wake up feeling refreshed and energized rather than tired and groggy, and can go about your day with renewed enthusiasm.
People encounter different toxins every day during their lives. Some are manmade and others are natural, but the bottom line is that as long as you live, some toxins will enter your body. While these toxins are, for the most part, harmless, you don’t want them to stay in your system if you can help it.
Luckily there are plenty of antioxidants out there that are designed to help people detoxify their systems in a natural way.
Antioxidants are useful for slowing the aging process by purifying the body’s systems and promoting healthy bodily functions. It is important to add these essentials to your diet to encourage good health and prevent virulent disease.
Foods that naturally contain antioxidants are the easiest to include in your diet. Usually antioxidant rich foods are plant floods like fruits, nuts and grains. The following foods are excellent sources of antioxidants:
Light therapy uses a lamp, often in a light box that emits light in high doses to help treat various types of depression, insomnia and sometimes even jet lag. This type of light therapy should not be confused with UV Light therapy, a more concentrated UV ray used to help treat various skin conditions such as Psoriasis and acne.
UV Light, if used in high doses, and on the wrong type of condition, can cause serious skin inflammation and in some cases internal problems. You should always talk to your doctor before undergoing any type of light therapy.
Uses of Light Therapy:
Did you know there are many uses for the light therapy box, in addition to Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD)? Some of these uses are listed below:
Plants are companions to mankind in many ways. Just as they breathe out oxygen and absorb man’s carbon dioxide, they also provide humans with plenty of medicines, foods and more to enhance their lives and keep them thriving.
From minerals in shampoo and lotions to body washes, face crèmes, and even cleaning supplies, botanicals have been used to create much needed products and foods. Botanical dietary supplements are just another way that plants are providing much needed nutrients and minerals to humans of all ages.
What Is a Botanical?
Botanical is the name for a plant or plant piece that is highly valued for its therapeutic and medicinal attributes, flavors or scents. In fact, herbs are known as a subset, or relative, of botanicals as they serve much of the same purpose. The products created from botanicals that are specifically used to increase one’s health and maintain wellness are often called botanical or herbal products, or else phytomedicines.
Botanicals can also be used for other products that may or may not be geared to maintaining and improving health. These can be anything from scented lotions and soups to hair products and deodorizers.
Andrea Stewart Roa, M.S.
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