Anonymous  from United States  asks:

How can I learn to relax and get quality sleep during a stressful time?

Lynn Green, Integrative Nurse and Master Herbalist:  IN Wellness11/25/2020 11:58:19 AM

To me, this starts with adaptogenic herbs that help give you better resiliency during the day and help you to cope with everyday stress.* I’m a big fan of taking ashwagandha in the morning, as well as B-vitamins throughout the day.  

Schedule your day so you have downtime routine before bed. I often say that sleep is like an airplane landing; you have to fall into sleep. Have a bedtime routine: brush your teeth, journal, read something uplifting and positive. 

Right before you start your bedtime routine, writing down all the stuff you have to accomplish tomorrow helps you free your mind up at night and leave the stressors of the day behind. 

Your bedroom should be a cool, relaxing environment. Our body temperature decreases at night as melatonin secretion increases, and if your temp doesn’t decrease at night, you may not have good sleep. Bedrooms should be a sanctuary for sleep and sex – not watching TV, not working on your laptop, all those things we’re guilty of. And try not to drink alcohol before bed, as it disrupts sleep cycles. 

If you’re curious about using supplements for sleep, there are a few options you can try. I recommend “busy bees” try Melissa Lemon Balm; it’s a traditional sleep aid that’s great to help you wind down.*  

I also love Nature’s Way Sleep Tonight drops. They’re made with melatonin, L-theanine, and lemon balm to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.* 

Another great product to try is Integrative Therapeutics® Cortisol Manager®. A normal cortisol curve spikes in the AM and slowly goes down throughout the day as we move into sleep. For people who often wake up at 1 or 2 AM, Cortisol Manager is a fantastic product that helps balance cortisol levels.* 

At the end of the day, you can’t solve problems with sleep and stress with just a supplement. Unless you address all of it, there’s no pill I can give you that will fix your issues so dig deep to find the root of the problem and solve that.  
Lynn Green, Integrative Nurse and Master Herbalist
Integrative Nurse and Master Herbalist

Lynn Green

Lynn Green’s interest in health and wellness began as a child, and she channeled it into a fulfilling career as a nurse practitioner. Lynn works onsite at Nature’s Way, assisting employees on their journey to health. Her focus is on primary prevention, and she blends Western medicine with herbal wisdom, mind-body techniques, and lifestyle changes to help her patients achieve overall well-being and good health.

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