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How to Enjoy a DEEP Restful Sleep Again!

How to Enjoy a DEEP Restful Sleep Again!
When you open your eyes first thing in the morning, there’s nothing better than realizing that you just woke from an amazingly refreshing night’s sleep and feel happy, thankful, and ready to start Your day!
 
Unfortunately this isn’t a common experience for many women when they enter their midlife years! And what most women don’t realize is that the CAUSE of this sleeping disturbance is usually HORMONAL!
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How Lack of Sleep Causes "Brain Fog"

How Lack of Sleep Causes "Brain Fog"

Good sleep helps us to think clearly, remember information, and make decisions. When we don’t get enough quality sleep, it impairs our “executive function”—a set of abilities we need to do well in school, at work, and in all realms of daily life. Sleep feeds creativity, synthesizes new ideas, and leads you to “ah ha” moments. Research shows that we need good sleep to feed our high-level, innovative thinking and problem solving abilities.

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Did you know ... Progesterone is a Natural Sleep Aid?

Did you know ... Progesterone is a Natural Sleep Aid?
Did you know ... Progesterone is a natural sleep aid? Progesterone is considered our 'calming and soothing' hormone. It helps us sleep because it makes a metabolite (or by-product) called allopregnanolone which interacts with GABA a receptor IN THE BRAIN. GABA is a calming neurotransmitter.

It's also the major inhibitory neurotransmitter and has been implicated in a multitude of health challenges.
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What's GABA got to do with it?

What's GABA got to do with it?

If you regularly experience restlessness, anxious feelings, or have trouble sleeping, it's possible that you could have a GABA deficiency.  We all have surpluses and deficiencies in certain neurotransmitters. This makes us who we are. 

Understanding that you're low in one can be all of the difference in living a happier and healthier life. GABA is both a chemical produced within the body AND a supplement that’s made for ingestion.

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How Long Does Caffeine Stay in Your System?

How Long Does Caffeine Stay in Your System?

Sleep is really a far more critical piece of maintaining vitality than we often give it credit for.  Since we have so much on our plate to do every day, we often put sleep off into a category of “pleasure and luxury”, but in reality, lack of adequate sleep causes everything from weight gain, immune system dysfunction, to memory loss with a significantly increased risk of developing dementia.

In other words, sleep is in no way a Luxury.  It is a total necessity for each and every one of us. 

With this said, many of us consume a decent amount of caffeine, starting with coffee or tea in the morning, soda or tea following our coffee, and end the day with some chocolate dessert.  ALL of these foods / drinks contain caffeine.

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How to get the Best Sleep Ever Naturally with Progesterone!

How to get the Best Sleep Ever Naturally with Progesterone!
When you open your eyes first thing in the morning, there’s nothing better than realizing that you just woke from an amazingly refreshing night’s sleep and feel happy, thankful, and ready to start Your day!

Unfortunately this isn’t a common experience for many women when they enter their midlife years! And what most women don’t realize is that the CAUSE of this sleeping disturbance is usually HORMONAL! Continue reading

Are You Dealing with any of the following 10 Symptoms but Your Doctor says Your Blood Work is Perfectly Normal?

Are You Dealing with any of the following 10 Symptoms but Your Doctor says Your Blood Work is Perfectly Normal?
When this happens, most doctors don't know how to deal with it. They just tell You to exercise more, or lose weight, or take a vitamin. All of those things are good. But that advice is not the answer because it doesn't get to the ROOT of Your problems! Continue reading

Fascinating Tidbits to Discover about Melatonin

Fascinating Tidbits to Discover about Melatonin
It is produced in a tiny gland, that is shaped like a pinecone, and no larger than a grain of rice. This gland is called the pineal gland and is also called our “third eye”.  It sits in the center of the brain at the same level as the eyes and in close approximation to the hypothalamus and pituitary gland – very important areas associated with the regulation and production of all of our sex, thyroid, and adrenal hormones! Continue reading
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