Sleep can be evasive so much so that it can destroy your natural body rhythm and throw you off the clock. It is important to get your body to rest and in turn, sleep well as there are many functions your body carries out while sleeping. Repairs cells, restores energy, helps the brain restore information and gets rid of toxic waste. It also releases hormones that help the body relax which is why it is extremely important to sleep at least for eight hours. Chronic sleep deprivation can cause or be a stressor to major health conditions like high blood pressure, stroke, cardiac arrest, and diabetes. In fact, even hormone imbalances (melatonin) can make your REM cycle go for a toss. In such a case, it is advised to visit a doctor to help your sleep cycle back on track. In the meantime, you can also resort to supplements or products that enable you to sleep fast and peacefully. Here are some…
Sleep Like A Baby, CosMix
Falling asleep is not the goal you are looking at, quality of sleep is what matters the most. Disturbed sleep or waking up with a headache or feeling groggy denotes that you didn’t get enough or good sleep. This herbal formulation – a mix of cinnamon, chamomile, jatamanshi – helps relieve stress, digestion, and gently lull you into sleep. Jatamanshi is a natural sleep inducer from Himachal and Uttarakhand.
How To Use: Mix a teaspoon of the formulation with warm milk or warm water adding honey or turmeric as you like.
Rekindle For Women, Caim by Arelang Naturals
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Wellness confectionary is picking up speed and how, thanks to the pandemic. Targeted broadly towards health issues faced by women on a regular basis like PCOS, loss of calcium, decreasing libido and so on, these nutraceutical chocolates target more than just these. The sugar-conscious cocoa bars are made of plant-based ingredients like flaxseed, soy isoflavones, shatawar, black cohosh and saffron that collectively regulate hormone production and improve brain function. Saffron and black cohosh specifically work towards soothing the mind that helps you snooze faster and peacefully. Hard on the outside and gooey on the inside, reaching out to these cocoa bars will not guilt you at all!
How To Use: Consume one bar every day for 14 days either in the mornings or an hour before going to bed.
Mind Rejuvenation Juice & Hot Chocolate With Ashwagandha, Auric
Ashwagandha – a natural root extract – is known for its multiple health benefits in Ayurveda one of which is its effect on your sleep cycle. In fact, it helps people battling insomnia with 300 mg extract daily. Hot chocolate with Ashwagandha serves two purposes – helps with insomnia and alleviates stress and fatigue. While the Mind Rejuvenation juice with Shankapushpi, Brahmi and Gotu kola helps with stress and improves concentration along with undisturbed sleep.
How To Use: Mix two teaspoons of Hot Chocolate with Ashwagandha in warm milk, use jaggery instead of sugar to sweeten it. Drink before going to bed.
Drink a glass of Mind Rejuvenation Juice 30 minutes after having your meals or right before you go to bed.
Beauty Sleep Gummies, Nyumi
Gummies are the latest nutraceutical discovery that are making waves for their efficacy along with taste. They target prevention rather than cure. These vegan and gluten-free gummies are formulated using pomegranates and blackberry flavours along with melatonin (the hormone that controls the sleep-wake cycles). Chamomile and Tagara root to improve the quality of sleep. Besides regulating your sleep cycle and ensuring sound sleep, it also helps repair your skin!
How To Use: Take two gummies for half an hour before going to bed.
Chilli, Horsetail & Black Seed Hair Oil, Juicy Chemistry
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Wondering how a chilli and horsetail oil might help induce sleep? Yes, its major benefit is controlling hair fall and promoting hair growth, however, it works so by improving blood circulation in your scalp and promotes increased blood flow. That in turn, plays in your favour by soothing your nerve endings and relaxing you.
How To Use: Use thrice a week or as you please. Pump out 4-5 times to take the required amount of oil and apply to your scalp and near the hairline at the back of your neck too. Massage gently. You can also use it with carrier oils like almond or coconut if you’re in the mood for some deep conditioning.
De Stress Therapy, Forest Essentials
The De Stress Therapy duo consists of a tranquil sleep spray – Nidra and stress relief spray – Shanti. The Tranquil Sleep Spray is infused with pure essentials oils of geranium, lavender, nutmeg and sandalwood to help you relax and lull into restfulness while the stress relief spray has steam-distilled essential oils to calm your senses.
How To Use: Nidra – Spray it on your pillow and neck before going to sleep.
Shanti – Spray on your wrists and temple points.
DREAM Sleep Inducing Oil, Secret Alchemist
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Switch off your laptop, put away your phone, breathe in and out and lie down with eyes closed for at least five minutes. Seems like a difficult task at hand, isn’t it? That’s the effect the constant pressures of work from home has thrown us all into. To steer away from sleeplessness or worse – disturbed sleep, the mixture of Ylang Ylang, Roman chamomile and sweet basil come to the rescue. Together, they act as natural sedatives and escorts you into a deep sleep.
How To Use: Roll it on over your pulse points – wrists, neck and temple points – before going to bed.
Relaxing Pillow Mist, L’Occitane
Pillow mists work by causing our bodies to produce melatonin – a hormone that promotes restful sleep. If you cultivate a regular habit of using pillow mists before going to sleep, your body gets accustomed to the scent and gives a cue to fall asleep. Lavender, sweet orange, geranium, mandarin and bergamot collectively work towards soothing your stressed nerves and induce sleep by relaxing your body and senses.
How To Use: Spritz 2-3 pumps of the pillow mist and your comforter 20 minutes before you go to sleep every night.
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