Blog — Sleep Essentials

5 Ways to Naturally Boost your Dopamine

5 Ways to Naturally Boost your Dopamine

You’ve heard of dopamine but what exactly is it, why do we need it and how do we get more of it?  Dopamine is a chemical in your brain that plays a role in the regulation of cognition, memory, motivation, mood, attention and learning.  It also aids in decision-making and sleep regulation.  So I don’t know about you, but I need lots of dopamine in my day to keep me going! Unfortunately, certain lifestyle factors and medical conditions can interfere with our happy dopamine levels.  How do you know you’re low on dopamine?  Do you have loss of pleasure in...

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Simone Wan Moran

Alcohol—Stress Reliever or Stress Inducer?

Alcohol—Stress Reliever or Stress Inducer?

We can all benefit in multiple ways from changing some habits and reducing toxins in our lives.  Unfortunately, it's a harsh reality that we carry toxins in our bodies, which can stress our physical and emotional selves.  And we may be introducing toxins into our bodies that we may think are stress reducers, but that actually increase stress vs. reducing it.  A common belief is that having a drink—a glass of wine, a beer for example—is a stress-reducer.  Many of us have a habit of drinking some type alcoholic beverage when we get home after a long day of work.  With the...

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Simone Wan Moran

Can insomnia be a signal for you to test your hormones?

Can insomnia be a signal for you to test your hormones?

The yin and yang of hormones can be constantly fluctuating, causing our bodies to experience different symptoms all the time.  There is definitely a link between hormonal imbalances and sleep issues, but should we be concerned and should we have our hormones tested?  In this blog, we’ll discuss the different hormonal imbalances to watch out for, some new home hormone testing kits out on the market, and some suggestions on how to naturally improve hormonal imbalances.    Without restful sleep, our bodies cannot heal properly, increasing our risk for dangerous medical conditions like heart disease and cancers, not to mention brain fog and...

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Simone Wan Moran

5 Sleep Hacks From a Sleep Expert

5 Sleep Hacks From a Sleep Expert

I love the quote “I am a person who wants to do a lot of things trapped in a body of a person that likes to sleep a lot”.  Saying that, some of us who may like to sleep have habitual sleep problems.  So, I thought I’d interview my friend, Meg Casano, BSN, MA, a sleep expert, and ask her to share her top 5 sleep hygiene suggestions.  While she specializes in helping children’s sleep issues, she said these apply to teens and adults as well.  Here is what she shared wtih me!  The building blocks for successful sleep include:  ...

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Simone Wan Moran