Wednesday, October 28, 2009

8 Hours = Beauty Sleep?

I guess we all know that we are supposed to get that nightly 8 hours of sleep, well...because someone in the know said so, or maybe I read & ignored it somewhere, so many years ago? After all, make up does wonders after an all-nighter, or does it? - Like so many health-related concerns, they seem to make more sense with age, or perhaps I have just become more desperate for that instant healthy glow?
Like the night watchmen and the cleaning crew, some members of your skin team do their best job when the rest of the place is, well, at rest. They need a full 8-hour shift so they can soothe tired eyes, diminish dark under-eye circles and  freshen-up a listless complexion. See for yourself how sleep gives you a running start to the next day. Antioxidants take the night shift (or at least the sleep shift!) and metabolize pesky free-radicals. Not calling them in, increases your risk of developing skin cancer, and losing that bright, fresh looking skin you have after your morning shower.
The protein version of the mail department, Cytokines,carry messages between your cells to stimulate healing and regeneration. Even a brief time off the job (i.e. a lost couple hours of sleep) diminishes your body’s infection fighting response, leaving you with blemishes and dull, unrepaired skin. Sun spots will never be in style.
The stress-hormone, Cortisol, increases when we don`t get enough sleep, which leaves you with saggy, sallow skin. Wouldn’t we all rather age backwards?
Smiling brightens our mood and our reflection in the mirror. Depriving yourself of sleep is like shutting down the good mood department completely. Both Norepinephrine and Serotonin decrease with lack of sleep (which in turn makes it harder to get the next night’s shut-eye. Doh!).
These hormones are critical players in both mood and the ability to experience pleasure.
The term “Beauty Sleep” is no cliche. All the expensive face creams and make-up in the world won’t do the trick if you don’t give your hormone team time to do their job at night. The next time you’re feeling a little drab, skip the cosmetic counter and invest in some pillow time.
For an extra boost, snuggle up with your Natura Dream Aloe Vera Pillow. 

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sleep and Alcohol - What's the real deal



Myth: I can have alcohol or wine with my sleep aid – it will help me get to sleep faster.

Fact: Sleep medications should not be used with alcohol or other drugs. Sleep aids should also not be taken before driving or operating machinery, or before taking a bath or shower, among other things. Always follow your healthcare professional’s instructions about how to take, when to take, and how long to take sleep aids.
Some people feel that alcohol is a sleep aid on its own. However, while alcohol may calm you and speed the onset of sleep, it actually increases the number of times you awaken during the night.

For more Sleep, the National Sleep Foundation puts out a Newsletter with plenty of fun and informative facts!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Mattress Chemicals may be Cause of Your Illness-Just a Thought

Although the power of the web is apparent when you see warnings posted and danger signs everywhere, I wonder if folks really believe what they read? I know that I am a bit skeptical sometimes, especially when someone is trying to sell me something....So in an effort to showcase my sincerity PLEASE read the information when you land on the other side of this link :)
At least consider that we need to try and use as few chemicals as possible and ask your furniture/mattress retailer what they do with the old mattresses they take away? Of course, you can also visit our site and catch up on your reading, do some chemical free shopping, ok ok, I won't green you to death....

Mattress Chemicals may be Cause of Your Illness