The Sleep Regime: Part 1
To function well throughout the day, we need a good night’s sleep. The better we sleep, the better we feel the following day. But so many of us struggle to get a proper, full, restful sleep. To that end, today we start a series of blog posts about sleep. First up: supplements to help you from the inside.
One of my favourite supplements to support sleep is Pukka’s Wholistic Ashwagandha. Ideal for those of us whose mind can’t seem to settle when our head hits the pillow, Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, which means it helps the body manage stress and anxiety. Pukka’s supplement nourishes the adrenal glands to prevent burnout, and it supports the immune system as well. Ashwagandha can lower blood sugar and cortisol levels – cortisol is known as the ‘stress hormone’ released by adrenal glands in response to stress.
For those who have been struggling with sleep for a while, consider Pukka’s Night Time 7-Day Kit. A combination of seven sachets of Night Time tea and 14 capsules of Night Time supplements, this kit is sure to get you back on track to restful nights. The Night Time tea is a relaxing blend of oat flower, lavender and valerian. Valerian is a herb commonly used for sleep disorders and brings about a sense of tranquility. The Night Time supplements include the power combo of valerian and ashwagandha.
Magnesium is another great supplement to aid sleep. It regulates melatonin and helps control sleep cycles. Studies show that magnesium may help reduce stress by positively impacting the hypothalamus, the area of our brain that controls our stress responses.
BetterYou’s Magnesium Sleep range offers a transdermal method of absorbing this helpful mineral. When applied directly to the skin, the magnesium is quickly absorbed into the epidermis, through to blood vessels and muscles where it is needed.
BetterYou Magnesium Sleep Lotion combines magnesium with relaxing lavender and chamomile essential oils in a body lotion perfect to use before bed. The lotion is formulated to relax muscles, slow sensory activity and quiet the mind. Sleep Lotion Junior is the children’s version of the relaxing formula, free from synthetic fragrance and colour, suitable for sensitive skin for use from age 1.
BetterYou Sleep Spray blends magnesium with bergamot and clary sage to calm the body and prepare for a restful sleep. Spray on skin following a warm bath or shower to aid absorption. Try adding Magnesium Flakes the bath to soothe tired, sore muscles for ultimate relaxation.