Sleep and Relaxation: A Natural and Herbal Approach: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-201 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin)

Sleep and Relaxation: A Natural and Herbal Approach: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-201 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin)

Language: English

Pages: 32

ISBN: 1580172229

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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that only two activities be done in bed: sleeping and sex. If you suffer from allergies, they may be contributing to your sleep problems. Consult an allergist or healthcare professional about air filters and other methods of reducing dust mites, molds, pollens, and other airborne allergens in your sleep environment. Even if you have been sleeping quite peacefully in your bedroom for years, changing the environment can help to break a recent sleep-difficulty pattern. Increasing Your

Disorders asserts that “America is sleep-deprived with serious consequences.” Consider the following: • Estimates suggest that 95 percent of those with sleep disorders go undiagnosed. • Thirty-seven percent of Americans report being so sleepy during the day that it interferes with daily activities. This increases to 52 percent for shift workers. • More than 5 billion doses of tranquilizers and sleeping pills are prescribed annually in the United States. For most of us, sleep problems are

body’s cue to transition to slumber. A Stanford University study reported that 20 to 30 minutes of afternoon exercise significantly decreased the time it took insomniacs to fall asleep. Timing Your Exercise The timing of exercise is very important. Early-morning exercise may have many health benefits but it doesn’t seem to affect sleep ability or quality. On the other hand, exercising too close to bedtime can be stimulating, resulting in more sleep disturbances. Nutritional Aids Diet

this, hops should not be used in formulas taken by breast cancer patients. The hormonal effect seems to have advantages for menopausal women, however. Herbalist Susun Weed recommends hop tea as a powerful sleep enhancer and hormonal ally to women frequently awakened by night sweats. The sedative qualities of hops are best experienced when used in teas, in tincture combinations, externally in baths, and as a major ingredient in sleep pillows. Kava-Kava (Piper methysticum) Kava-kava is a

that the strong fragrance will not be lost. Then the highly aromatic, strained herbal tea is poured into the bath as it is being filled. INSOMNIAC’S BATH INFUSION For this recipe, you should choose one or more of the following herbs: chamomile, catnip, lavender, lemon balm, passionflower, or rose petals. If desired, add a small amount of hops or valerian root (they both have great sedating qualities but smell terrible on their own!). 1–2 cups (275–550 ml) fresh or dried herbs of choice

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