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Feeling Tired but Wired?

Are you feeling ‘tired but wired’? Lost your inner strength? Need to restore and reset after chronic stress?  

Stress of any kind activates the release of stress hormones, turning on the “fight or flight” response. Stress can be a good thing (running away from danger for example), but, we were not designed to live in alarm mode constantly. High stress hormones can leave you feeling in a constant state of alarm and yet, as the stress persists, a feeling of fatigue and depletion usually follows leaving you feeling ‘tired but wired’.

Symptoms of Chronic Stress

Eventually the consequences of the stress response often result in anxiety (constantly worrying about ‘what if’), fatigue (lacking in energy), depression (lacking in the will to do things, lacking joy), lowered immune system (you keep getting ill and find it hard to fight off colds), insomnia (or trouble sleeping), poor skin (eczema, acne), digestive weakness (bloating, indigestion), as long-term stress lowers the resilience of the mind and body.

Adaptogens to the rescue

Adaptogens are natural substances that lower the fight or flight response, reduce symptoms of life-stress and increase a sense of well-being. They raise the body’s resilience and protect against the damaging effects of stress (be it physical or emotional) by helping to restore physiological balance and normalising metabolic processes.

Break the vicious cycle with Adaptogens

Adaptogens can help you break the vicious cycle of stress, sometimes remarkably quickly. And they can be very useful when it comes to sleep too as anything that lowers stress hormones can help sleep! Adaptogens can also lift mood, lower anxiety and improve immune function. We love adaptogens!

To find out more about these incredible natural substances, read our blog on Adaptogens.

Products We Recommend

Each adaptogenic herb covers a wide spectrum of actions in protecting the body from stress but we will help to guide you to select the most appropriate one for your needs by highlighting some key actions. Normally, only one adaptogen is needed. Adpatogens are safe and you are free to try one for around 4-6 weeks and then try another.

Ashwagandha or Indian ginseng (Withania somnifera) – calming, strengthening, relaxing.

Take Ashwagandha to improve sleep, reduce anxiety, improve thyroid function, help recovery after illness and for nervous exhaustion

As the Latin name suggests (som is Latin for sleep) Ashwagandha is an adaptogen renowned for helping SLEEP. It does this in two ways: as a mild relaxant but also because it helps to lower cortisol levels (spikes in cortisol through the night are a known cause of disturbed sleep).

It has also been shown to improve THYROID hormone levels in sub-clinical hypothyroidism.

Ashwaganda is good for when you feel utterly burntout and need a sense of raised resilience to stress and increased energy.  Some people also find it very good for anxiety and low mood.

This is the best product we can recommend to you:

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Holy Basil or Tulsi (Ocimum gratissimum) – uplifting and immune boosting

Take Tulsi if anxiety, low mood and poor immunity are key symptoms.

Holy Basil has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine and has a long history of use as an immune booster.  This is interesting because stress is well known to lower the IMMUNE SYSTEM and reduce resistance to infection.  It has also been shown to help in generalised ANXIETY disorder and reduce symptoms of STRESS.  I view Holy Basil as an UPLIFTING and relaxing adaptogen.  A doctor friend finds it very helpful and uses it to keep her going strong through a long day.

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Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) – antidepressant and improves mental performance

Take Rhodiola for mental fatigue and for mild to moderate depression

Vikings would pillage the North coast of Scotland for the strengthening and protective powers of Rhodiola rosea, or rock rose (such a beautiful name).  Clinical trials support its use for mild to moderate DEPRESSION (taken over a 6 week period) and improved MENTAL and COGNITIVE performance in fatigue and chronic fatigue conditions.

This is the best product we can recommend to you:

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Additional Information

We do not make these additional sleep aids, but they are recommended by Sophie in her clinic and you can get them through our Amazon referral shop which links directly to the supplier or manufacturer. As a thank you for the referral we get a small percentage of the purchase price which helps us to keep our website running.

You may need something from each step or just one small adjustment, everyone is different. You can try several additional remedies or each one systematically for example:

Do give each remedy a good four to six weeks to feel the full benefits (your sleep quality and an increased sense of well-being are good indicators they are working for you). Although you can start to feel the benefits of taking these supplements quickly, full recovery can take longer for some and we believe that health and sleep are something we have to take care of daily. But, like Sophie and Sarah, you CAN get your sleep back.

Rest assured we are here to help you sleep. Stick with us and we will help good quality sleep become more than just a dream.