The Two Sleep and Stress Hacks You Didn’t Know You Needed
Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep, but feel exhausted of your options?
It’s easy to suggest simple solutions like “walk more” or "find ways to reduce your stress”, but we wanted to go deeper than that. Maybe you’ve even tried a lot of these things and still can’t find relief— which is especially understandable after the way this past year unfolded.
Although there isn’t one magic solution to stress and sleep issues, the best ways to combat, or at least reduce, both of these things boils down to mindset and what you’re putting in your body.
For example, if you’re wanting to go a more natural route after taking prescription medications for sleep, there are a myriad of natural sleep supplements to calm anxiety like melatonin, valerian root and more— but oftentimes these options either become ineffective from building a tolerance or these ingredients are paired with synthetic chemicals and fillers. That’s why we suggest, after consulting a doctor, to learn more about herbal medicine and the ways adaptogens can help you reduce stress in a long-term, sustainable way.
Ashwagandha is a powerful herbal adaptogen found in ZenSonno (sonno means sleep in Italian!) known to reduce cortisol levels in the brain. Cortisol is our stress hormone, and it becomes easily imbalanced in stressful situations. Unlike melatonin, Ashwagahnda works with your natural sleep cycle instead of tweaking the balance between your sleep hormones. Ashwagandha has been around for centuries and has recently grown in popularity again due to powerful effect it can have on the brain, and how it responds to stress.
Within a few weeks, you will likely notice a difference in your sleep and stress levels if you incorporate more herbal adaptogens into your life. We also wanted to leave you with this quick mindset hack by Michael Perlis, PhD that can help you with the anxiety you may have around losing sleep:
It sounds incredibly counterintuitive, but by doing nothing, your lack of sleep will catch up to you and you will start to catch some awesome nights of ZzzZ’s again.
It may be the hardest nothing you have to do, but it does create a different outlook on sleep deficits that will benefit you in the long run. Plus, you do enough during the day, right? If you’re interested in learning more about the studies behind this advice, check out this article.
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