Last month we focused on antiviral plants and herbal remedies for HPV, and we have talked in detail in past months about all things wellness, from juicing, to a healthy diet, to vitamins and natural supplements for HPV. The best approach to treat HPV naturally also includes taking a good look at your lifestyle, so our topic this month is the importance of sleep.
Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables and exercising regularly are incredibly important steps towards improving your overall health. In addition to these two steps, getting enough restful sleep is the third most important thing that you can do for your health. Restful sleep is one of the primary ways to look and feel your best, however reports show that upward of 70 percent of women are sleep deprived.
It is during sleep that your body’s natural healing ability kicks in and you heal and repair on a cellular level.
Your immune system gets revitalized. Hormones and metabolism are balanced, and repair of the full scope of your bodily systems happens during those 8 hours (ideally!).
We’ve checked in with some of our favorite journals, blogs and online publications to get recommendations on better sleep and here are our top 3 ways to get the full night’s rest that your body is craving:
Eat a Nutrient-dense Evening Meal:
According to McKel Hill, RDN the nighttime routine really starts with dinner and nourishing your body with healthy food. “Most of my dinners are warm, cooked foods like a vegetable stir-fry with high-quality protein (tempeh, fish, eggs, lentils, etc.), curry with rice or potatoes, Nourish Bowls with roasted or steamed vegetables, or stews and soups. This is just personal preference, but the goal is to make food that not only nourishes you, but also makes you feel good!”
Lisa Shives MD, a Sleep Expert and founder of Northshore Sleep Medicine, cites another reason why you should stop smoking now: “Nicotine is a stimulant, so it prevents you from falling asleep. Plus, many smokers experience withdrawal pangs at night. Smokers are 4 times more likely not to feel as well rested after a night’s sleep than nonsmokers, studies show, and smoking exacerbates sleep apnea and other breathing disorders, which can also stop you from getting a good night’s rest.” Smoking also causes HPV infections to be more persistent.
Stock Up on Herbs that Help Sleep:
According to an article written for Mind Body Green, Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., a frequently quoted integrative medical authority says there is an “extensive natural herbal and nutrient tool kit for sleep”. On the list: melatonin, valerian, lemon balm, passion flower, 5-HTP, L-theanine (found in green tea leaves), and hops. Each of these supplements are known to improve your ability to fall asleep and to enhance your sleep cycles.