The Power of Sleep Part 2

By
Bonny Casel, ND, MAMH, MBSLM, FBRI
Practical and natural tips to support a good night's sleep

In The Power of Sleep: Part 1, I discussed the detrimental effects of sleeping less than eight hours each night. Given the average person is now sleeping a mere 6.8 hours, this information is important to know. However, what then?

In this article, I share a range of practical, natural methods to support a good night’s sleep, including diet and lifestyle, supportive therapies, herbs, essential oils, and flower essences.

Woman practicing yoga for deep sleep Sage's Pose (Marichyasana III)

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Women practicing yoga savasana

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Older female yoga student practicing paschimottansana seated forward bend pose

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Yoga class practicing Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) for sleep

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