The importance of a good night’s sleep cannot be overstated, as sleep plays an essential role in your immune health and well-being. It’s during sleep when the body recharges, as your parasympathetic system is working to support a healthy brain and a sound endocrine system.
Sound sleeping habits aid in a healthy thyroid and support its role in helping you make decisions, solve problems, control your emotions, and cope with pressure. Sleep deprivation, on the other hand, has been linked to hormonal imbalances that may result in depression and suicide as well as displays of anger, recklessness, and impulsive behavior.
Since sleep is involved in the healing and repair of the cardiovascular system, while ongoing sleep deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, and diabetes.
Sleep maintains hormonal balance. It also affects how your body reacts to insulin. Sleep deprivation often leads to higher than normal blood sugar levels, as your body releases the hormones that make you experience hunger (Ghrelin and Leptin).
Sleep triggers the release of Human Growth Hormone (HGH). This is the hormone that promotes normal growth in children. In adults, it supports anti-aging and homeostasis. It boosts muscle mass, aids in cell and tissue repair, and plays a key role in fertility.
Sleep supports overall health, the immune system, focus, and our ability to learn. Do not take your basic right to relax and re-charge for granted. Sound sleep can save you from anxiety, depression, and all thoughts of uncertainty in between.
Adaptogens, this unique blend of herbs, vitamins and minerals (Ashwagandha, Astragalus Extract, Eleuthero Extract, Ginger, Gingseng, Licorice, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and Zinc) can help you boost your immune system and manage stress.
Studies have shown that ashwagandha supplementation resulted in significantly greater reductions in the stress hormone cortisol, compared with a control group — 30% reduction, on average in those taking the higher doses.
Another two-month study on Ashwagandha’s effects on chronic stress showed that those supplementing reported a 69% reduction in anxiety and insomnia compared to 11% in the control group.
Astragalus and Eleuthero have a long history of medicinal use. Both have shown effectiveness in university studies. Statistically significant drops in stress levels in rats were reported by a Korean and Japanese studies.
Ginger, ginseng and licorice have demonstrated positive results as well. The synergistic relationship between several adaptogens, accentuates the benefits and leads to superior outcomes.
About the Author
Evelina Sodt, PhD is a nationally registered provider of health education services. She is a practitioner, a consultant, and the author of over a dozen books, including Healing Pain, Anxiety, and Inflammation Without Drugs: The Science Behind Natural Medicine. Dr. Ev practices virtually via remote consultations. She lives in Northern NJ with her husband, daughter, and a cat named Kingston.
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