One aspect of hear health we haven’t touched on yet is getting enough quality, restorative sleep. Getting enough sleep is a cornerstone to great heart health. It allows our heart to beat slower, take a rest, recover, recharge and be ready for the next day. But if it’s so important, why do so few Americans actually get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep needed every night?
Stress from work or finances, our constant availability via mobile phones and social media and an increase in sleep disorders can all share blame. However, the path to a good night’s sleep does not have to include expensive medications or therapy. There are herbal remedies, the ingredients of which are available through the Virtual Dispensary (use the access code “jur123”) from Juro’s Pharmacy Health and Wellness, which help you get the sleep you need to be properly rested.
Valerian- this herb has been used for centuries in Europe to help with insomnia, and lacks the addictive qualities of most sleep medications.
Chamomile- this flower has been used widely as a gentle sleep aid. It can be made into an herbal tea by steeping two teaspoons for 10 to 15 minutes.
Hops- yes, these are the same hops used in beer. The extract from these flowers can help those with anxiety and insomnia fall asleep.
Passiflora- also known as passion flower, it can be made into a tea that not only works as a sedative for insomniacs, but can also help reduce symptoms from hysteria and epilepsy.
If you are making a tea from these or other herbs, try to drink it about an hour before you usually go to sleep. This will give the herbs time to spread throughout the body for a better overall effect. If you are still having sleep issues, schedule an appointment with your doctor for a diagnosis.
Sleep does wonders for your heart, but only if you are getting the right amount every night. Herbal supplements available through Juro’s Pharmacy Health and Wellness can give you edge against sleeplessness and help get your heart ready for tomorrow.