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Since antiquity, cultures around the world have sought out the healing power of baths. Ancient Greeks were among the first to harness the power of water to boost physical and mental health. They bathed in sulfurous hot springs to relieve muscle pain and soothe skin irritation, and famous philosophers like Plato and Hippocrates wrote about the benefits of bathing.[1] Romans also made bathing a regular part of their health regimens, using it as an opportunity to socialize. They built huge public baths where hundreds and even thousands of people gathered. […]

We’ve all been there. You crawl into bed, drowsy and ready to drift into dreamland. But just as you start to doze off, you remember that you forgot to respond to an email. You open your eyes and reach for your phone. An hour later, you’re mindlessly scrolling through social media. It’s now well past your bedtime, but you’re wide awake. No matter how tired you are at the end of the day, it can be hard to prioritize rest. Whether you have trouble falling asleep or you wake in […]

In the quest for a good night's sleep, some people turn to melatonin as a useful ally. Although your body produces this sleep hormone naturally, some people take melatonin in a supplement form. But is melatonin safe? Whether you have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep, melatonin may seem like a natural alternative to pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter sleeping pills.[1] While melatonin is generally safe for short-term use, taking it regularly over the long-term may worsen your sleep issues. Read on to find out why. What Is Melatonin? Melatonin […]

If you’re searching for deep, restful sleep, you may have overlooked one of the simplest solutions: magnesium. An essential mineral, magnesium plays a role in sleep because it promotes the production of gamma-aminobutyric acid — also known as GABA. This neurotransmitter reduces the “excitability” of cells in your brain and nervous system. Those wild-thoughts running through your mind and anxious feelings that keep you awake? Yep. Those are excited neurons and can be calmed by higher GABA levels. If you have trouble falling asleep or can’t stay asleep, you have […]

A great night’s rest does wonders for the soul. Every night, thousands of body processes get to work, restoring your body and mind to a more healthful state. But when you can’t sleep? There’s an herb for that! Valerian root has a long history of traditional use for sleep issues — as well as for the occasional anxiety that often accompanies them. Between 50 and 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder — the most common being a habitual inability to sleep.[2] Occasional insomnia affects 30 percent of adults worldwide. […]