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Natural Remedies for Insomnia

Natural Remedies for Insomnia 0

Sufficient sleep is necessary for physical and mental health, but it isn't always easy to attain. The CDC has declared insufficient sleep a public health epidemic. 

Insomnia is debilitating, painful, troubling, and confusing.

I recently attended a really good class by Dr. Catherine Darley, ND about helping clients overcome insomnia naturally (1). In this post, I'll pass on some of the things that stood out to me from the class along with information about insomnia that I've learned from other sources over the years. 

 

What's In This Post

In this article I'll cover:

  1. What is the Definition of Insomnia?
  2. What is Acute Insomnia and Chronic Insomnia?
  3. How Common Is Insomnia?
  4. What Happens When You Don't Sleep
  5. What is a Healthy Amount of Sleep?
  6. What Does Healthy Sleep Look Like?
  7. What is the Sleep Cycle?
  8. Insomnia Contributors
  9. Medications that Can Cause Insomnia
  10. 7 Natural Remedies for Insomnia
How to Use Light Therapy for SAD, Winter Depression Treatment, and More

How to Use Light Therapy for SAD, Winter Depression Treatment, and More 0

The shorter cloudier days of fall and winter bring a loss of energy and other symptoms of depression for over 10 million Americans. Light therapy has been used as an effective treatment for this physical and mental seasonal dip known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or Winter Depression. Research is also showing that light therapy can help with other mental health issues.

 

What I Cover in This Post

In this post, I'll talk about:

  1. What is SAD?
  2. Seasonal Affective Disorder, SAD, Treatment
  3. What is Light Therapy or Phototherapy?
  4. Phototherapy for Depression and Other Mental Health Issues
  5. Light Therapy Research
  6. The Standardized Light Therapy Lamp
  7. How to Use a Light Therapy Lamp
  8. Who Should Not Use Light Therapy
Best Light Therapy Happy Lamps Reviews

Best Light Therapy Happy Lamps Reviews 0

Light therapy (AKA phototherapy) is a very effective way to counter seasonal depression, SAD, the winter blues, and many other mental health issues. It is so helpful for lifting mood during overcast weather and short daylight days that light therapy lamps are often called happy lamps.

Choosing a light therapy lamp can be overwhelming since there are many options out there. There are many different manufacturers of phototherapy lamps and many of them have multiple models. 

I created this post to help you compare the pros and cons of different light therapy lamp models. 

 

What I Cover in This Post

  1. What are Light Therapy Lamps and Boxes?
  2. The Original Light Therapy Lamp
  3. Considerations for Choosing a Light Therapy Lamp
  4. The Original Light Therapy Lamp Style Used in Studies Review
  5. LED Light Therapy Happy Lamps Reviews
What Are Adaptogens? How Do Adaptogens Help With Stress and Anxiety?

What Are Adaptogens? How Do Adaptogens Help With Stress and Anxiety? 0

Adaptogens are a category of plants that help you adapt to all forms of stress: noise, physical exertion, chemical toxins, cold, exhaustion, psychological stress, and so on. They simultaneously help you feel less jittery and more energetic. 

Adaptogens help you feel less anxious by moderating how your body deals with stress. They adapt and they help you adapt. They can serve as a general tonic that helps you feel better overall. 

What's In This Article

  1. Botanicals Versus Individual Nutrients
  2. How do Adaptogens Work?
  3. What Are Adaptogens?
  4. Adaptogens Versus Stimulants
  5. Adaptogen Research
  6. Adaptogen Supplements
The Four Elements for Treating Mental Health

The Four Elements for Treating Mental Health 0

While investigating research into the mental health benefits of saunas, I came across an interesting article about using the Four Elements —Fire, Water, Earth, and Air—that are at the core of many traditional approaches to health and well-being around the globe, to think about possible natural interventions for mental health improvement . . .
Physical and Mental Health Benefits of Using a Sauna

Physical and Mental Health Benefits of Using a Sauna 0

The use of heat and sweat for health, well-being, and ceremony goes back thousands of years in many cultures across the globe. Recent research is putting scientific backing behind these traditional practices and the modern use of saunas for reducing stress and improving health and mood.

“Sauna bathing, an activity used for the purposes of
pleasure, wellness, and relaxation,
is linked to a remarkable array of health benefits.”
─Mayo Clinic Proceedings, August 2018 (1)

Click Read More for: 

  1. Origins of the Word Sauna
  2. Different Types of Saunas
  3. What Are Saunas Good For?
  4. Physical Health Benefits of Using a Sauna
  5. Physical Health Benefits of Using a Sauna Research
  6. Detoxifying Health Benefits of Sweating
  7. Exercise versus Sauna Use
  8. Mental Health Benefits of Using a Sauna
  9. Mental Health Benefits of Using a Sauna Research
  10. Saunas and the Four Elements for Mental Health
  11. When to Avoid Saunas
  12. How Long to Sit in a Sauna
  13. Precautions When Using Saunas 
  14. References