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Chamomile: Much More Than A Sleep Tea

You likely know chamomile as the popular sleep tea ingredient known for its sleep-inducing properties, but there is a lot more to this ancient herb than meets the eye. For centuries, people have used chamomile for its healing and medicinal properties, and it continues to be studied and used today.   In recent years there has been a collective shift in the opinions of natural remedies. For years in our modern society, many believed prescription medications to be the only option to remedy what ails us. People forgot our ancient ancestors' remedies and herbal tinctures and felt that modern medication was the best choose. That is beginning to change with people now taking a more holistic approach, combing modern medicine...

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Why Every Household Should Have a Hot Water Bottle

I, like many others, was given a hot bottle as a kid to ease a stomach ache. It was a remedy both my mother and grandmother seemed to be fond of. As a teenager, I had my own, a pink and white polka dot one, and now as an adult, I still have one.    Hot water bottles provide warmth, comfort and can soothe aches and pains. Today, modern versions are made from rubber with a small stopper. Sometimes they have soft fabric covers or come in different shapes, but early versions weren’t as cozy.    Used as early as the 16th century, the original hot water bottles were stoneware containers that contained dying embers of a fire. They were...

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15 Healthy Habits You Should Adopt For Better Sleep

There’s nothing better than a good night’s rest and waking up feeling refreshed in the morning. Unfortunately, many of us don’t have the pleasure of experiencing this as much as we’d like. Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep are two common troubles experienced by millions of Americans each night.   Unbeknownst to you, you may be doing things that are causing your sleep troubles. In addition to stopping certain sleep-disrupting behaviors, you can adopt healthy habits that are known to improve the quality of your sleep. With the following 15 habits, you may find you fall asleep faster and stay asleep each night on your millet pillow.    1. Use your bedroom for sleep only   Your bedroom should be a...

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Humidify Your Way to Health: 12 Benefits of Humidifiers

Have you ever woken up feeling parched with a dry mouth, eyes, and nose? This kind of dryness can be uncomfortable, painful, and even cause health issues. This is where humidifiers can save the day A humidifier adds moisture to the air, preventing that dry feeling you may wake up with. If you aren’t familiar with humidifiers, they are usually a small appliance that you plug into an outlet in your room that adds humidity to the air. There are different types, but the most common humidifier for your home is an evaporative humidifier. These are portable and can only benefit one room, like your bedroom.       Many people use them, and they are becoming increasingly popular! Although you...

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The Trouble With Sleeping: Sleep Disorders and Disturbances

Sleep troubles can range in severity from tossing and turning to life-threatening disturbances. That’s the trouble with sleeping. When it goes as it should, and you are able to fall asleep peacefully on your sobakawa pillow, it’s great. However, if you have a sleep disorder or experience sleep disturbances, the thought of going to bed can cause stress and anxiety.   The science of sleep is quite fascinating as there is so much going on to help us stay asleep and repair our bodies each night. In many ways, our understanding of sleep’s complexity can be enhanced by studying sleep disorders and disturbances.   Between 50 and 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder, and there are approximately 80 different...

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The Benefits of Sleeping on The Floor

Don’t knock it ‘til you try it. That’s my advice when it comes to sleeping on the floor. Years ago, I would have thought it was the worst idea ever. Who wants to sleep on a rock-solid floor when you can sleep on a soft, pillowy mattress?!   That was until I didn’t have another option. I was in Spain with friends and due to an Airbnb mishap, we didn’t have enough beds in our small flat. As a result, I had to roll out my yoga mat and sleep on the floor. I was super jetlagged so I fell asleep quickly, and when I woke up the next day I felt AMAZING! Arguably better than I had ever felt....

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