Updated: Nov 11, 2020
Sleep is paramount to our health and well-being. A good night's sleep allows us to be more functional and effective in our our daily routine, and ultimately to be and feel our best. When we find ourselves down the path to a sleepless night, it's wonderful to have something on hand that supports relaxation and deeper sleep.
When we experience insomnia, getting little to no sleep, the body increases its production of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is produced by the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis and is secreted by the adrenal glands. It has a powerful influence on sleep patterns and our natural circadian rhythm. The essential hormone is known as the stress-response hormone that regulates a wide range of body processes including the immune response, digestion and metabolism. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation may cause the body to secrete more cortisol throughout the day, perhaps in an effort to stimulate alertness due to fatigue from inadequate sleep. Chronic stress can cause cortisol levels to remain high for long periods of time, continuing the cycle of lack of sleep and fatigue. Chronic stress can interfere with nutrition which in turn can trigger overthinking, the feeling of overwhelm and can cause sleep disturbances.
Sleep deprivation can become a vicious cycle spiraling into endless nights of wakefulness, turning into brain fog, weight gain and the inability to truly be effective in our daily lives. Lack of sleep affects the rationality of our moods and it can bring troubled water to our relationships when we truly do not take of ourselves. Lack of sleep can affect overall health making it easier to be more prone to serious medical conditions, such as obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. A good night sleep is top priority to all aspects of health and well-being.
We offer a variety of sleep supplements in our Apothecary Shop to encourage a night time solution to obtain a natural sleep cycle for overall health and well-being.
We offer Good Day Chocolate, candy-coated supplements colored from fruits and veggies. Not only is Good Day Chocolate an absolute delicious way to enjoy taking your supplements, research even shows that chocolate is one of the most effective delivery methods for vitamins and supplements! There is 1 mg of melatonin per piece and soothing chamomile to encourage a deep restful sleep. You can take one to four chocolates depending on your circumstance with an easy-to-use serving size guide for responsible dosing. The guide provides the ability to give you the right amount of serving for what your body may need at the time. Good Day Chocolate is made with premium, Fair-Trade certified milk chocolate, Non-GMO ingredients and contains probiotics. A delicious chocolate treat with benefits!
Winged Sleepy was designed to be a night time solution for banishing occasional sleepless nights for good. The formulation contains full spectrum hemp extract, Melatonin for supporting falling asleep and support sleep/wake cycles, 5-HTP and GABA to calm an overactive mind and enhance sleep quality, L-Theanine to promote mental relaxation and ease mental stress, and Evening Primrose Oil for hormonal support. Sleepy gummies are a delicious way to enjoy the formulation benefits. The are Vegan, Non-GMO, Gluten Free, and US Hemp Authority Certified.
Charlotte's Web is one of the oldest, most well-known brands on the market and a member of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). Charlotte's Web is committed to making quality products and offering product transparency. The Sleep gummies are formulated with full-spectrum hemp extract containing 10 mg of hemp and 3 mg of melatonin in every serving supporting a wonderful night of sleep. Their extracts feature naturally occurring phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids in every sweet bite, plus nature's favorite sleep aid, melatonin. The gummies are Non-GMO, flavored with natural juices from fruits and vegetables and offer a delicious evening bedtime routine.
Supporting sound, quality sleep not only regulates your natural cycle, it promotes overall well-being for you to be truly more present in your daily routine. If you find yourself stuck in sluggish cycle, focus on the fundamental things that bring a good quality of life like a good night rest, taking adaptogen herbs like ashwagandha found in our Tulsi Chai, focus on eating a more organic whole food diet, drink more water and get an adequate amount of exercise. If you're in a state of overwhelm, focus on one step at a time. The very intention of honoring your sleep cycle brings you on the path of true self-care and is the ultimate gift you can give to yourself.
The best way to prepare for tomorrow is by doing your best today and by Honoring A Good Night Sleep.
Author: Phoenix Fermin
Phoenix Fermin is a Certified Herbalist, Yoga Instructor, Educator, Author and Illustrator. Phoenix teaches topics in herbalism and holistic health. She maintained the teaching collection of plants for the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida State University, managed the Apothecary at Lucky's Market and tended to the historic gardens at Lichgate on High Road as the Director of Education. Find her recipe in the award winning book, Fire Cider 101 Zesty Recipes by Rosemary Gladstar.