Does Keys Creek Lavender Stress Relief Mist Really Work?

In a previous post titled “Ahhh Lavender!” I shared about my wonderful find in the Keys Creek Lavender Farm. One of my purchases was the Lavender Stress Relief Mist, which I’ve now had the delight to try out and I can truly say I LOVE it!

Keys Creek Lavender Stress Relief Mist!

One of the things I love about it is that when you spritz it on, the fragrance lasts for a long time, and it smells so very, very lavender, it is truly lovely. I take deep breaths in and enjoy it so much. Before I’ve even realized it, I’m snoozing, no matter how fast my thoughts are coming, or how many problems I’m trying to solve, or the hour of the night, it works before I’m  even are aware it’s working.

An example was the other night, when I had a few work things on my mind, good things which needed to have just the right sort of creativity to bring about my desired result. Creative juices flowed, even overflowed. Add to this that someone very dear to me decided to take a red eye flight across country. When my head met my pillow, dear one was 31,000 feet in the air. I wasn’t worried, but the thought of it was uncomfortable, and checking the flight tracker app on my phone from bed wasn’t as soothing as a lullaby, right?

So I spritzed a full spritz of my Keys Creek Lavender Stress Relief Spray and in no time I was fast asleep. Know how I knew it worked quickly? I woke up 5 hours later, just in time for dear one’s landing, watched the landing, did another spritz and, voila!, quickly back to sleep.

The best thing was I woke with no “cotton head” but a clear head and renewed energy for the day!

 

Social Jetlag

How does Social Jetlag affect you?

We know not getting enough sleep, having poor quality sleep, awakening unrefreshed while still tired is not healthy. If your poor quality and lack of sleep is caused by working hours that don’t match the natural rhythms of your internal body clock, this is being referred to as ‘Social Jetlag.’

Now, researchers report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on March 12 that sleep and workers’ general well-being could be improved if work schedules took workers’ biological clocks into account.” [Read more…]

New Findings: Why A Good Night of Sleep is Even More Important

When it takes you a long time to fall asleep night after night, or you’re not getting enough hours of restful sleep, your brain feels foggy and after a night or two, you aren’t thinking clearly, becoming cranky, and your resistance to illness runs low. We all know how important a good night of rest is for our health, mental well being and beauty.

Getting a good night's sleep.

Essentially all neurodegenerative diseases are associated with the accumulation of cellular waste products,” said Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., D.M.Sc., co-director of the URMC Center for Translational Neuromedicine, via ScienceDaily.

Recent research has found that while we sleep, our brain cells actually shrink by 60% allowing the brain’s “waste management”/flushing fluid glymphactic system to be activated similarly to the night shift cleaning crew in an office complex. They clean out all the toxins and debris of the day, including bad proteins like beta amyloids, which build up in people with Alzheimer’s Disease. The flushing system is nearly 10 times more active during restful sleep, and with the smaller brain cells providing more space for the fluid to flush through easily, a wonderful natural cleaning takes place.

The brain is surrounded by a membrane called the arachnoid and bathed in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). CSF flows into the interior of the brain through the same pathways as the arteries that carry blood. This parallel system is akin to a donut shaped pipe within a pipe, with the inner ring carrying blood and the outer ring carrying CSF. The CSF is draw into brain tissue via a system of conduits that are controlled by a type support cells in the brain known as glia, in this case astrocytes.

Where does the dirty glymphatic fluid go after it leaves the brain? It leaves the brain through the cerebralspinal fluid, enters the blood stream and on to the liver for detoxification. If you are drinking alcohol in the evening or have any time of problem in your liver that deters this detoxification or filtering process, then the toxins accumulate in the liver and other organs.

How much sleep is enough for a good cleaning? 7 hours of uninterrupted, restful sleep.

How can you help yourself get a full night of sleep each night?  Here are my 5 Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

I use the Melatonin Sleep Spray regularly, which is made a huge difference in the quality and amount of restful sleep I achieve each night. After all, restful sleep is very important for your skin health and beauty as I share inWhat Does Sleep Do For Your Skin?

Cheers to wonderful nights of restful sleep!

 

Anti-Aging Formula

Dr. David B. SamadiEvery Sunday I wake up early so I don’t miss Sunday House Call on Fox News, where two excellent physicians, Dr. David Samadi, and Dr. Marc Seigel,  share health and wellness tips, discuss medical topics and always provide advice for living a longer, healthier life.

Here is the Samadi Anti-aging formula (for a longer life – taken from his Facebook Page):

If inflammation is the reason why we age, then reducing inflammation should prolong our life. I will stand behind this formula and I promise you it will help you clear all the free radicals: [Read more…]

Tips for a Fabulous Figure

Dieting, weight loss plans, increasing exercise, going to the gym and working with a trainer all get you headed in the right direction towards a fabulous figure. Here are a few additional tips that are really important to get the success you desire.

In Science Daily’s “Top Four Reasons Diets Fail”, Jessica Bartfield,MD, internal medicine who specializes in nutrition and weight management at the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care says “Losing weight is one of the top resolutions made every year, yet only 20 percent of people achieve successful weight-loss and maintenance.”

Dr. Bartfield breaks down the four most common things we do that prevent us from having the beautiful figure we desire:

1. Thinking that what we are eating contains less calories than it really does. I’m guilty of this one for sure! Salad dressings, certain fruits and vegetables, an extra handful of nuts, all healthy foods, but not going to help with my looking fabulous plan. She gives great tips for keeping it real.

2. Thinking we worked off more than we actually have. Walking a little more, or taking the stairs at work can help decrease the number of calories we take in, but truth be told, not as much as we would like to think. AND just  because you take the stairs a couple of times a day does not entitle you to that bag of peanut m & m’s!! So, rewarding ourselves for moving a little more is not a good idea.

3. Not keeping your blood sugar steady all day long. You know the saying about eating a solid breakfast to start the day right. I will confess my stomach just doesn’t wake up until about 10 am. A cup of coffee or two helps to get the juices flowing, but no growling until much later, and then I munch on a protein bar. Dr. Bartfield encourages us to eat a healthy snack or meal every 3 – 4 hours.

4. We don’t get enough sleep. A good night’s sleep keeps all of our “juices flowing in the right direction”, meaning that our natural hormones and everything and substances that break down what we eat will be sufficiently produced and working optimally.

This is just a quick overview in simple terms, but I highly encourage you to click on over and read the whole article – it’s also short and to the point and will help you when you are working so hard towards the most fabulous you!

5 Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Without a Prescription

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Sleep Deprived?

Don’t you just love a good night of long, restful sleep? You have more energy, look and feel so much better, and it seems you can handle the stress that comes with each day a little better. With increased technology, it’s harder to step away from the continuous access to information and communication. The availability of “energy” drinks that help keep our batteries charged, especially when we are stressed and tired. As the pressure and demands of each day increase or don’t let up, the lack of restful sleep can take it’s toll on your mental and physical health

I KNOW that a good night of sleep definitely shows in my skin and my appearance. (Read more about it in “What Does Sleep Do For Your Skin?”)

More and more people are asking their doctors to write them a prescription for a sleep aid. Is this the best answer? Sleep aids are one of the top 3 categories of prescribed drugs. They are also considered one of the leading categories of abused substances. All of the common prescription drugs carry significant and severe warnings. All speak of reported mental problems; depression; addiction; bizarre, even suicidal behavior; sleepwalking; physical problems, such as heartburn, drug hangover; fatigue; drowsiness; and liver damage. [Read more…]

Tips for Easy Skin Care While Traveling!

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Flying in airplanes, different climates, air conditioners, heaters, varying time zones all take a toll on your skin while you travel. How do you keep your skin healthy, feeling and looking fresh throughout your time away from home?

Let’s look first at the most common factors that cause your skin to lose its luster:

  • Normal Sleep Patterns Disrupted
  • Inadequate Hydration
  • Environmental Elements such as Soot, Exhaust, Dust, and Allergens
  • Minimal Time to Spend on a Skin Care Routine
  • Inability to Pack Regular Sized Containers of  Skin Care Products [Read more…]

HOW to Sleep to Prevent Wrinkles!

Woman sleeping on pillow

No doubt about it, a great night of sleep – and enough of it – is fabulous for wrinkle prevention! In my post “What does Sleep do For Your Skin” is shared that deep sleep helps your body produce more of its own collagen and elastin. What’s the best way to sleep to give yourself the greatest chance of a good night of deep slumber?

When you consider that wrinkles develop from a combination of loss of skin elasticity and repetitive movements, the light bulb goes on! Deep sleep helps with skin elasticity from the inside, and while getting that deep sleep, you lie in bed night after night in a favorite position. [Read more…]

What Does Sleep Do For Your Skin?

Beautiful skin as you age comes from great skin care routines, protection from environmental factors that accelerate skin aging, good nutrition, adequate hydration, and getting plenty of sleep. Wait a minute….. Sleep affects your skin?

Sleeping Baby by And3rei

“Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer agrees. “During hours of sleep, cortisol and insulin production inversely peak so that collagen 1 production is accelerated,” he says. Collagen 1 production firms the epidermal/dermal junction so evaporation is reduced and water retention is maximized, he adds.”

While you sleep, your skin produces more collagen which gives it the support to counteract the forces of gravity. During the night, you may have a radiant heater or air conditioner running, resulting in your skin’s evaporative water loss.  This contributes to dry skin, especially if you don’t use a high quality night cream, or you don’t keep yourself hydrated throughout the day by drinking water.

“As the body settles into the fourth and deepest stage of rest – often called Delta Sleep (which precedes REM, the last stage of sleep) – growth hormones peak and initiate cell and tissue repair. Limited or restless sleep can cut into this crucial restorative process. “Intermittent waking sleep is nowhere near as beneficial to skin health,” Lancer says.”

In order to give your skin the greatest opportunity to repair, rejuvenate, produce collagen and stay hydrated you need a good 6 – 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. There are a few things that can help you get the best night of sleep:

  • Try to go to bed and awaken at the same time each night and morning.
  • Avoid foods and drink that contain stimulating ingredients such as caffeine.
  • Create a comfortable environment in your sleeping area – sheets, blankets, room temperature, low noise, and minimal lighting.
  • Perform activities that promote relaxation several hours before bedtime like reading, a warm bath, a little yoga and meditation are great for creating physical and mental calmness.
  • Thinking positive thoughts and looking forward to something good.

What did I miss????

What do you do to relax before your fall asleep?  Do you have a special routine or something you drink or eat that helps you get a good night’s rest? Leave a comment and share!

May your nights be peaceful and your sleep rejuvenating!

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