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How can you get more sleep?


Natural remedies for sleep

Getting enough sleep is essential for your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Sleep is important in adults, but is especially necessary in children. Lack of sleep can affect several factors including attention, concentration, memory and behaviour. Looking after a child who has trouble sleeping can feel tiring and have a significant impact on not only the child themselves, but on the whole family. With many natural remedies available to support sleep, it’s important to know the ones that are suitable for you, your situation, and your family, and how they work. 

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) has been used as a herbal prescription for sleep since ancient times. It contains various bioactive compounds that positively impact your nervous system and your whole body to help you to relax.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia and Lavendula officinalis) is widely known for its soothing and refreshing scent and can help you to unwind and let go of stress. Lavender oil is one of the most studied scents in terms of its relaxation effects. Results of ongoing research confirm that lavender’s active properties can help to combat poor sleep. Research also shows that lavender may be able to positively affect brain waves and thereby help to balance stress.

How do essential oils work?

Essential oils are said to have a notable impact on many areas of your brain, but particularly over your limbic system. The limbic system is the emotional centre of your brain and therefore plays an essential role in the formation of new memories and around past experiences. 

As you smell, essential oils trigger emotions that are tied to memories which – when the memory and emotive response is positive – can help you to relax. Some scents can help to support mood, energy and focus. 

Why use magnesium for sleep?

Magnesium is an essential mineral that can help your body and brain to relax. To fall asleep and stay asleep, your body and brain need to relax. Particularly in children, it can be a struggle to relax the nervous system and quiet the mind for sleep to get them to sleep. By helping to quieten your nervous system, magnesium may help to prepare your body and mind for sleep. Magnesium also helps to activate neurotransmitters that are responsible for calming your body and mind. 

Other tips to help manage sleep in children:

  • A sleep diary – this can also be used to identify changes or fluctuations in a sleeping pattern
  • Bach flower remedies – some flower essences can help to calm the mind, like white chestnut
  • A gentle massage around bed time to help prepare for a good night’s sleep.

Good Health Magnesium Sleep Cream with chamomile and lavender helps to support quality sleep through the night by soothing stress and promoting calmness. Before sleep time, gently massage Magnesium Sleep Cream onto your neck, shoulders and elbow creases.

Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. Good Health, Auckland

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The truth about “beauty sleep”


The truth about “beauty sleep”

Sleep is magic! It is the down-time that is essential for your body to repair, heal, grow and rejuvenate.

The same applies for your skin. While you sleep, your skin repairs damage from throughout the day. Sleeping also gives your cells time to regenerate. Cell production can double between 11pm and 4am!

During the night, your skin is more receptive to topical creams and treatments which makes overnight treatments perfect for supporting your skin’s renewal and repair. As your skin is more permeable, this also means that it can lose moisture and feel drier in the morning. Therefore, using the right overnight product to boost moisture is important.

The new Herb Farm Hydrating Overnight Face Mask is a creamy face mask that deeply hydrates your skin overnight so you wake up to soft, radiant and nourished skin. Its powerful natural extracts help prevent moisture loss and provide collagen support as your skin repairs while you sleep.

Trial results
After using The Herb Farm Hydrating Overnight Face Mask:

  • 100% found their skin was softer.
  • 69% found their skin was more hydrated.
  • 92% found their skin was healthier.
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The importance of sleep


The importance of sleep

Quality sleep is one of your body’s most important ways to rest and repair itself. A regular night’s sleep of seven to nine hours is an important fundamental human need to function optimally.

Adequate sleep, a healthy mood and your mental health are intrinsically linked to one another. A poor night’s sleep or long-standing sleep problems can have a large impact on your cognitive function, lowering your ability to cope with everyday tasks and affecting your work productivity and daily energy levels.

There are many possible contributing factors that may impair a good night’s sleep. You are often surrounded with electronic stimulation which may have a lasting impact on your neurotransmitter production. Reducing activity and electronic devices one to two hours prior to sleeping can be useful as your sleep-inducing neurotransmitter, melatonin, relies on darkness to help stimulate its production for a restorative sleep. 

Setting a consistent daily routine can support your natural circadian rhythm. Waking or rising at the same time and getting a dose of sunlight or morning light is essential for your serotonin production. Serotonin helps you to relax and supports a happy mood. Over 90 percent of serotonin is manufactured within your gut; therefore, gut health is a vital factor in supporting your mood and sleep. Your gut bacteria are also compromised by inadequate sleep. 

Both serotonin and melatonin are important ingredients for normal day and night cycles within your body, and they support a balanced sleep pattern. Melatonin is one of your natural antioxidants that helps fight free radicals and further supports your immune health. Melatonin also helps support deep rapid eye movement (REM) which is shown to support healthy cognitive and immune functions. 5-HTP supports your body’s production of serotonin and melatonin. It may be helpful if you have poor-quality sleep or experience long-standing difficulties getting to sleep. Herbs such as California poppy, Jamaican dogwood and passionflower all support healthy sleep patterns. Magnesium also supports adequate production of serotonin and melatonin, assisting in healthy neurotransmitter production for your sleep, mood and general wellbeing.