Struggling with sleep?
It’s easy to blame your loud neighbor who plays dubstep all night long (speaking from experience here), but let's dive into a few actual root causes for poor sleep that might be creeping their way into your life and how to combat them.
One of the number one things that I see causing poor sleep is stress. A little bit of stress in our life is actually a good thing (think exercise), but it’s when that little bit of stress turns into a lot of stress that it can be very damaging to our health. Stress tends to have a bit of a domino effect and when one area is out of balance, it often trickles down into other areas of our lives, like sleep.
Enter Do Not Disturb™
Whenever I am facing racing thoughts and I can’t seem to shut my brain off at night, I turn to Do Not Disturb™. Do Not Disturb™ is our sleep formula that contains herbs that are beneficial for improving the body's response to stress, quieting the mind, and supporting restful sleep. Holy basil aka tulsi is one of the main functional herbs in this blend and is praised for its adaptogenic qualities (helps your body adapt to stress and all the feelings that come with it). Holy basil works by nourishing the adrenals and nervous system—a system that is essential for sleep, memory, mood, and mental functions.
Another reason for waking in the night could be blood sugar regulation issues, causing you to wake in the night due to a drop in your blood sugar. It is good to add healthy fat to Do Not Disturb™, like 1 tsp. of coconut oil or ghee, or make it with milk that contains a good amount of fat. This gives your body some healthy fat before hitting the pillow to reduce blood sugar fluctuations throughout the night.
Pro tip: Keep in mind, adaptogens tend to work best when used over time and consistently. For optimal results, it's best to prioritize consistent use.
How to stay asleep
Let’s dive into another cause that isn’t as talked about. When speaking with clients, I often ask whether they have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. When they note that it is trouble staying asleep, that leads me to ask them what time of night they are waking up. More often than not, 3-4 AM is a common answer. What does this mean and how does it help me to assess what the root cause of their poor sleep could be?
3 words: Liver Qi Stagnation (Qi means energy in Traditional Chinese Medicine).
Our liver is responsible for detoxing and clearing out excess hormones in our body, but did you know that it tends to do most of its job at night while we are sleeping? As you can imagine, if it isn’t functioning optimally, it could be the root cause of your poor sleep, waking you up and keeping you from that full, restorative night of zzz's.
An herb that supports sleep
Our liver does a phenomenal job at clearing out these toxins and excess hormones, however, it is easy for our liver to get overburdened and need a bit more help to function optimally.
Enter schisandra berry, an adaptogenic herb that is great at supporting liver function, as well as the heart, lungs, kidneys, and spleen. Schisandra berry, often used in traditional Chinese medicine, is known for its five flavor profile (salty, bitter, pungent, sour, and sweet) which is said to benefit the five yin organs (heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, and spleen). Not only is it great at supporting liver function, but it also has adaptogenic properties so over time it has been shown to benefit stress levels.
Ready to take back your nights and get the restorative sleep you've been craving? Grab this must-have duo for falling and staying asleep through the night.