We all experience stress of one kind or another. Most people associate stress with a negative event, but it can also be felt at positive times in our lives: the birth of a child, a promotion at work, or even a marriage proposal. Stress, in small doses, can help to move us forward or motivate us, but when left, unchecked stress can become detrimental and in some chronic cases, even deadly. A consequence of chronic stress is consistently elevated levels of the stress hormone Cortisol. When chronically elevated, Cortisol is implicated in various serious illnesses. Adaptogens are substances that assist the body in "adapting" to stress while mitigating the harmful effects of chronic stress and elevated cortisol. Reducing stress can often lead to improved, more restful sleep.
Everyone likes it but not many get enough of it. Whether it is because of stress, poor sleep habits or sleep disorders, most adults do not get the recommend 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Research shows that chronically under or over sleeping is associated with almost all serious diseases. Simple fixes that include good sleep habits can make a positive difference for many. Some people will find that supplementing with nutrients which support the sleep cycle, reduce stress and create mental relaxation are an effective and safe way to get more sleep.