Introducing our newest mini-eBook… This easy-to-read, colorful guide will become your go-to, bedside resource for getting the best sleep of your life. Those of us who struggle with getting a good night’s rest will try just about anything. Sedatives, be they herbal or pharmaceutical, may only be sedating an already sedated or exhausted person—offering short-term,
Have you ever wondered what the healthiest way to sleep is? According to Ayurveda, the best sleep position is on the left side! The left side of the body is completely different than the right side. While I know it may sound strange, there is both time-tested wisdom and exciting new science that emphasizes the
The most widely accepted theory relating to sleep issues is that being too stressed, wound-up, or wired makes it difficult to settle down and get to sleep. This type of sleep-inhibiting stress is commonly associated with high cortisol levels in the evening which, normally, should be winding down as the sun sets. The logical solution
A new study has linked dreaming during Rapid Eye Movement sleep (REM) to long-term cognitive health as we age. REM sleep is one of five phases that the mammalian brain experiences during sleep. The other four phases are referred to as non-REM (NREM) sleep. The five phases occur in intervals throughout the night. During REM,
In recent articles, I have discussed the importance of sleeping in a completely dark room with no ambient light to support the maximum production of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland, and it is MUCH more than just a sleep hormone. Like the janitor who comes in at night to clean
College can be one of the most challenging times to stay healthy. Suddenly, things like basic nutrition and sleep are taken for granted, resulting in sluggish immunity and making students susceptible to acne, hormonal issues, getting run-down, and more. With six kids, two in college and three college graduates, I have had firsthand experience keeping
It is estimated that 50-70 million Americans are unable to get a good night’s sleep. (13) As we age, a good night’s sleep becomes more difficult to achieve. Today, the science keeps mounting linking at least 8 hours of sleep a night to greater longevity and optimal health. (1,2) A poor night’s sleep has been
Go Outside for Melatonin + Circadian Rhythms In a study at the University of Colorado in Boulder, researchers evaluated circadian rhythms of a group of healthy Boulder residents. What they found was surprising. Instead of melatonin levels rising only during nighttime hours, about two hours after waking, melatonin levels would surge, causing significant daytime drowsiness.
Average Reading Time: 2 minutes and 10 seconds Almost all traditional cultures lived their lives with great respect for the four cardinal directions: north, south, east and west. In Ayurveda, the study of the four directions and how they influence one’s health and environment was called Vastu Shastra. The basics are simple: North (a northern
Too Tired to Sleep? Ayurveda suggests sleep issues are linked to the body lacking energy reserves, rather than having too much energy. The Ayurvedic strategy for sleep is not to sedate an already exhausted body, but to rejuvenate and rebuild reserves so that we have the energy we needs to sedate ourselves and sleep deeply,
How Does Ayurveda Treat the Nervous System? According to Ayurveda, soothing the nervous system is a requirement for maintenance and balancing of one’s health. There are numerous time-tested strategies to calm the nervous system. Stress of all kinds, whether it is mental, emotional, physical, or even spiritual can have a negative impact on one’s health.
A recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine evaluated the effectiveness of a non-drug therapy for sleep, called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Western medicine has focused on drug or sedative therapy for all forms of insomnia for years with limited success. While drugs like Ambien are the gold standard for helping people sleep, they