Trouble Sleeping? Here Are Some Helpful Tips


Who can put a price on a good night’s sleep? Without it, we have trouble remembering what they’ve learned. Insomnia causes us to experience emotional upheavals and make poor decisions. It may also cause devastating health problems including increased risks of diabetes and obesity.

Human sleep occurs in five stages (and, after transitioning through all five, the cycle repeats itself). Stage 1 is light sleep; in Stage 2, (about half of the adult sleep cycle), brain wave activity decreases and eye movements stop. Stages 3 and 4 form a very deep layer of sleep, in which it is difficult to awaken. Stage 5, or REM sleep, is marked by rapid eye movements and vivid dreaming.

It is believed that sleep allows the brain to consolidate memories and enhance learning. To prove this, in 2014, neuroscientists, using mice bred to have fluorescent proteins in their neurons, proved that when mice learned a new skill, those allowed to sleep afterward (deep, non dreaming sleep), had activity in the same motor region that was active while learning. During sleep, these neurons developed a number of new branches. The mice deprived of sleep showed much less cell growth.

The moral of the story is, if you need to learn something, well, sleep on it.

And, if you can’t sleep, soak in one of our Lavender Mint Bath Bombs and follow up with our French Lavender Body Butter.

Life is Short. Dream Beautifully!



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