Blog — Sleep Essentials

Bed-Time Zzzzz Promoting Smoothie Treat

Bed-Time Zzzzz Promoting Smoothie Treat

This five-ingredient smoothie is so simple, delicious and can help launch you into dreamland. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, which help you sleep through the night. Tart cherry juice is rich in melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep cycle, and the almonds are rich in magnesium, a nutrient that helps calm the nervous system.  Then when you add the perfect combination of herbs from IN:DREAM that promote deeper, sounder sleep, a restful night's sleep is right there waiting for you. Ingredients: 1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Milk (Vanilla or Original) 1/2 cup Tart Cherry Juice  ¼ Cup Almond Flour...

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Simone Wan Moran

Are You Missing Some Essential Steps Towards Better Sleep?

Are You Missing Some Essential Steps Towards Better Sleep?

 It's hard to wake up when you haven't slept well and the day tends to drag on when you're tired.  You may drink too much coffee, overstimulate your adrenals, and then the vicious cycle of poor sleep starts all over again. There are some basics you can do to ensure better sleep quality, including not drinking caffeine past 12, which I didn't list here.  These simple rules will help you to achieve a blissful night of sleep! Lower the temperature-- The National Sleep Foundation recommends keeping your bedroom between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for an optimal night’s sleep. Researchers...

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Simone Wan Moran

How to maximize the benefits of Fall Time Change

How to maximize the benefits of Fall Time Change

It's that time of year again to change the clocks in November and "gain" an hour of sleep.  At least it seems easier than when we change the clocks in the spring and lose an hour of sleep!  But there are still only 24 hours in a day, and there are still adjustments that our bodies must make even when we Fall Back.  We need to make sure that our body clock—circadian rhythm—adjusts to the new time. I speed up my adjustment from Daylight Savings Time to Standard time by following some simple practices.  To get myself back in rhythm,...

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Simone Wan Moran

Why Can’t I Fall Asleep at Night?

Why Can’t I Fall Asleep at Night?

Something most people don’t know is that we have a “body clock” that regulates the energy going into each of our organs, at different times of the day. This clock can also be called our circadian rhythm, which is roughly a 24 hour cycle in the physiological process of living beings.  Circadian rhythms are important in determining the sleeping and feeding patterns of all animals, including human beings.   Science Daily says that there are clear patterns of brain wave activity, hormone production, cell regeneration and other biological activities linked to different times during this daily cycle. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), our thyroid and adrenal...

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Simone Wan Moran