top of page

The Importance of Sleep by Harney Teas

Ah, sleep. It’s something that people routinely say they don’t get enough of. And while we blame it for our inability to focus or for being a crankpot, there’s a lot more damage inflicted on our bodies beyond our crotchety attitudes due to not getting enough sleep.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that one-third of Americans don’t get the amount of sleep they need, which is a recommended seven or more hours a night for adults. Those hours don’t include time spent in bed tossing and turning, either. We’re talking good, solid, continuous hours. That’s not just “beauty sleep,” folks. Turns out quality sleep is critical to good health.

According to the CDC, not getting enough sleep is linked to several chronic diseases and conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression. Sleep-related disorders such as insomnia, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, and sleep apnea lead to a host of other issues, some quite serious. Of course, fatigue behind the wheel of a vehicle can lead to great tragedy.

If you’re one of the two-thirds of Americans who aren’t getting the right amount or kind of sleep needed to live a more healthy life, we’ve got some tips to help you get ready for sleep (and stay asleep). If you suspect, however, that you have some underlying medical issues that are causing your sleep issues, please seek out medical advice. The following tips are not meant to replace any potential medical attention you or a loved one might need

Hemp Moringa Deep Sleep Tea

For starters, we recommend enjoying a cup of our Hemp Moringa Deep Sleep Tea, part of our Mind Your Body collection. We started with all-natural hemp grown by our sister company, The Hemp Division, which gives it a base of the calming properties of CBD. Then we added the following ingredients:

- Moringa. Also known as the drumstick tree, miracle tree, ben oil tree, or horseradish tree, moringa has been used for centuries for its health benefits. It is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and proteins.

- Holy basil. Originally grown in India, this plant is used in Ayurvedic medicine as an adaptogen (a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect on bodily processes). The Hindu name for holy basil, “Tulsi,” means “the incomparable one.” It is considered a sacred plant by the Hindus. While it is related to the basil we use for cooking, holy basil has notes of peppermint, cloves, liquorice, or lemon, so keep it away from your spaghetti sauce. Or not.

- Turmeric. This spice is the main spice used in curry, but the plant’s root is often used to make medicine. Turmeric contains curcumin, a chemical that is thought to help with inflammation.

- Goji berries. This bright orange-red berry, also called wolfberry, has been called the “fountain of youth” berry. While we make no such claims of eternal youth, we can say this berry is packed with nutrients and antioxidants. They have a lovely somewhat tart flavor.

Coconut. Once a widely maligned food, coconut has been rediscovered as having some very beneficial properties. It is a powerhouse of manganese, which is essential for bone health, as well as many other nutrients.

- Nutmeg. Nutmeg is lauded for many potential health benefits, including reducing insomnia. Plus, it’s so darn delicious!

Happy holistic health, and sweet dreams!

bottom of page