Getting Enough Zzzzz

What happened? You just walked past like a zombie two hours ago and disappeared,” said my husband, Jim. I had stumbled out of my office and made a bee-line for my bed. I rarely take naps in the middle of the day, but after a fitful night’s sleep I had hit a mental wall and had to sleep. When I don’t sleep well, I find it difficult to function the next day. I’ve often envied those people who are happy with 5 or 6 hours of sleep, but I am just not wired that way.

According to author Judith Fertig in our Conscious Eating column, Eat Right to Sleep Well, “Getting enough sleep—or not—has a trickle-down effect. A study in the Journal of Obesity shows that good quality shut-eye helps us reduce stress, lose weight and function better.” Experiencing sleep issues is new for me; fortunately my functional medicine doctor is helping me right this wayward ship. I’m learning all the physical factors that can play a role in a good night’s sleep including hormones, diet, and of course stress, as well as the lifestyle changes that can support falling and staying asleep. On page 28, we share foods that can help boost melatonin to help us fall asleep, as well as great sources of sleep-inducing tryptophan and calcium. I’m looking forward to trying tart cherry juice as an easy addition to support a good night’s sleep.

This issue is packed with inspiration for your healthy lifestyle. Explore the qualities of communities that are good for people and the planet. Try homemade drinks to hydrate kids and learn how health concerns are revolutionizing the cosmetics industry. Discover fresh productivity by doing nothing [page 34] and consider tips for finding pet friendly places to live and visit. If you would like to shed some pounds this summer, check out our Natural Weight Loss Guide on page 24 and consult the experts to find your perfect plan. This month, as you honor the fathers in your life, I hope you are well-rested for the festivities!

Happy Father’s Day!

Kris Urquhart, Publisher

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