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Catching Some ZZZZZs

Imagine the feeling of waking after a good night’s sleep. You feel refreshed, energized, and positive. Now, think of a time where you woke up feeling the opposite. Throughout the day you may have had trouble concentrating, became frustrated easier, and had increased food cravings. Does that sound familiar?

While most people recognize that sleep is crucial for maintaining good health, most of us don’t know about the more individualized effects it has on the body, whether you are getting too much or too little. Surely you have felt tired from a night of restless sleep, but were you aware that tossing and turning actually decreases your immunity? Encourages weight gain? Affects your short-term and long-term memory? Surprising, isn’t it?

Quality sleep affects: -The brain by increasing concentration and memory retention -Mood by decreasing the risk and prevalence of depression -Disease risk by lowering the chance for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes -Immunity by strengthening immune function and decreasing risk of the common cold -Athletic performance by improving speed, accuracy, and reaction times -The body’s repair mechanism by lowering inflammation and repairing cellular damage

The benefits of a good night's sleep are much more valuable than ANYTHING keeping you away from it.

Here are some tips;

+ Put yourself first and set up a relaxing nightly routine catered to falling and staying asleep. + Get to bed early - aim for 9pm - 9.30pm (your sleep before midnight is cruicial!) + Turn off all devices in the room and stay away from screens at least 1 hour before bed time. + Sip on a nice herbal tea such as chamomile or peppermint for digestion and calming on your nervous system. + Read, meditate or take a few minutes to keep a journal such as a gratitude journal.

I guarantee it will be life-changing!

Essential oils are a very concentrated version of the natural oils found in plants, and they provide a host of health benefits. Try some of these essential oil blends either topically or in a diffuser to help you prep your body for the perfect night’s sleep!

Blend #1: 4 drops Lavender 3 drops Bergamot 2 drops Patchouli 2 drops Ylang Ylang

Blend #2: 3 drops Sandalwood 3 drops vetiver 3 drops Lavender 2 drops Chamomile

Lots of love and light,

Desiree xxx

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