There’s a common theme to the holiday season that has nothing to do with festive lights and eggnog by the fireplace.
Can you guess what it is?
Each year by the time December rolls around, many Americans become just as familiar with holiday stress and sleeping problems as they do with holiday cheer.
Everywhere you look there are things to buy, things to do, things to plan; an all familiar soundtrack played on repeat and a crowd of mascots that remind you to be jolly in the midst of it all.
There’s the promise of celebration, indulgences, some much-needed rest and relaxation and paid time off.
If you like Christmas then you’ll love Insomnia.
You probably won’t be surprised to learn that most American adults are not actually more restful during this time of year and that American parents, in particular, get the shortest end of the stick.
This study on American parents conducted by Sleep Cycle is particularly telling: Parents Sleep Less and Drink More During the Holidays
In general, throughout the holidays, people get less sleep and experience more anxiety than usual. They’ll spend more, endure harsher weather, fill their schedules with fatter to-do lists, stand in longer lines, consume more alcohol and indulge in more unhealthy foods than any other time of year.
Along with its warmth and cheer, the truth is that the holidays often exacerbate stress, illness, and sleeplessness.
So we’ve put together a simple recipe that we’re convinced will prevent undue stress, relieve pesky sleep disorders and help you to feel rested and healthy this winter.
A Solution to Seasonal Sleeplessness
When it comes to that R&R you’ve earned and deserve, some holiday habits may need a bit of a makeover.
A solid self-care regimen is an important asset when everything around you gets more chaotic. So just in case you want to go the extra mile to reclaim your rightful relaxation, we have a specially concocted solution.
One simple and effortless way to relieve the stress…
A regular dosage of Shah Saffron hemp oil for sleep.
This hemp tincture is a wellness supplement we like to think of as the equivalent of punching your sleepless nights in the face… twice.
The First Punch…
Hemp works. Its abundance of health benefits has made headlines for years now. In the world of natural supplements, it’s become prized for relieving a wide range of medical conditions but especially for its ability to reduce anxiety and balance sleep patterns.
“This stuff can get expensive. How much hemp for sleep?”
It only takes 25 mg to achieve the proper hemp dosage for sleep. But you can take 10 times that amount and still be safe. We recommend you start with a smaller dose and work your way up until you find your optimal therapeutic dosage.
How does it work?
Recent medical studies have shown that, distinct from most other natural sleep aids, hemp may target GABA and serotonin receptors directly thereby improving mental calmness. It appears that this is the primary reason hemp seems to promote sleep and relaxation. It has a more direct effect on anxiety, rather than just sleep functions.
According to Gretchen Lidicker, author of Hemp Oil: Everyday Secrets: A Lifestyle Guide To Hemp-Derived Health and Wellness,
“These studies mainly point to hemp’s ability to interact with serotonin receptors and GABA receptors in the brain. Serotonin plays an important role in mood and anxiety, and GABA is known as the main ‘inhibitory’ neurotransmitter, meaning it calms excess activity in the brain and promotes relaxation. GABA receptors are the target of benzodiazepines, which are a class of anti-anxiety drugs.”
This is why people who suffer from anxiety, or a temporary holiday-induced panic as the case may be, may find hemp more effective as a natural sleep aid than other supplements.
Compare the effects of hemp to Melatonin, for example, another commonly used natural sleep aid. Melatonin works by raising the naturally occurring melatonin levels that are already present in the body, which directly signals to the body that it’s time to go to sleep. While this is certainly effective for some, for others who suffer from anxiety-induced insomnia, consuming melatonin will likely make zilch of a difference.
When it comes to sleepless nights caused by worry, stress and forgetting to thaw the ham on time, hemp may be a better choice for getting real relief without any harmful side effects.
Hemp has also been shown to help reduce REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. The REM stage of sleep is where we experience dreams and nightmares—where the brain tends to be more active.
A recent study showed that hemp may also help to prevent REM Sleep Behavior Disorder.
During REM sleep, most people experience a normal type of paralysis, whereas people with REM Sleep Behavior Disorder are still able to move around while unconscious.
By taking a regular dosage of hemp, REM sleep may be reduced and help you to get better, deeper rest.
Shah’s Second Main Ingredient… Or as we like to say “Take THAT insomnia.”
There’s no shortage of hemp products, hemp extracts, and hemp oils to choose from at this point.
Here’s why we’re confident that Shah Saffron hemp oil is the best hemp oil for sleep…
The Power Of Saffron
Saffron is nick-named “the sunshine spice” both for its bright color and its mood-enhancing properties.
During the winter months, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) becomes yet another cause of sleep troubles. So incorporating mood-lifting spices and supplements such as saffron and Vitamin D, may help you get a more peaceful night’s sleep and make you more cheery throughout the day.
Saffron also has mild sedative properties that can make you snooze like a baby without a care in the world.
During the meal San Román reveals:
“Saffron is the sleeping pill! If you put saffron on your tongue it will fall asleep. I remember when my kids were small and their teeth were coming out, my mother would say: ‘You have to put saffron on their teeth.’ It has the same effect on the stomach.”
Though it is very expensive in bulk, getting an effective sedative dose of saffron doesn’t require much plant matter.
That’s why we’re able to put it in Shah Saffron Hemp Oil and not charge an arm and a leg.
Feel Great this Holiday Season
At Shah, our wish for you during the holidays is that you stay connected to your own peace no matter what.
Enjoy the gifts of friends, family, food, and drink… just not at the expense of your own well being.
At the very least, when each day of holiday activities comes to an end, put yourself to bed knowing you’ll get adequate rest and greet the next day with ease and readiness.