Why Can’t I Sleep 8 Hours a Night?

People are asking themselves this question more and more, with all of the media stressing the importance of 8 hours of sleep a night, for those who aren’t able to accomplish that, they’re left feeling inadequate, or dysfunctional or like there is something wrong with them. I get it all of the time, people coming in my booth looking for insomnia relief products wondering what is wrong with them, why they can’t sleep a full night and most of the time they report being able to fall asleep ok, but then they ‘wake up halfway thru the night.’ And while I can help them stay asleep, I also try to help them understand that for some, that is not really ‘natural.’ Maybe because of your work schedule, you need to be able to sleep in one long continuous stretch, but that does not mean that this is the way that your body prefers. If you begin to understand and acknowledge this, you may begin to realize why this is not something that comes natural to you. Did our ancestors sleep 8 hours a night and what is Biphasic sleeping?

Biphasic sleeping refers to breaking up your sleep pattern into two segments instead of one~monophasic sleep in which one sleeps for a straight 8 hour stretch. It seems that other cultures that live more closely to the ways our ancestors did, sleep 5-6.5 hours per night and then nap later in the day. For some, this kind of sleep pattern is more natural than accomplishing all of the sleep that their bodies require in one time period. Some cultures, such as Spain and Greece, live this way and refer to these as ‘siestas,’ I’m sure you’ve heard that term. People who practice biphasic sleep report being more alert and productive, having better cognitive function, not feeling tired all of the time.

The beginning of the Industrial Revolution, Electricity, the age of Illumination and the current modern day workplace, is where we see the shift from previous sleep patterns, and continue to make it difficult for people to enjoy the benefits of biphasic sleep. Our ancestors went to bed when it got dark, slept a few hours, then got up and did some light activity as they didn’t have the luxury of sleeping much more than that, as the fire might need to be tended, as well as animals, children, etc. They would then take a nap a few hours later. These naps are crucial as this is the other part of your ‘getting enough rest.’ Your body does need a specific  amount of sleep over a 24 hour period, but it doesn’t have to be all in one long stretch, especially if it doesn’t come natural to you. I had a woman who had recently retired, in my booth, and she explained the many benefits she was experiencing by practicing this kind of sleep schedule.

For folks who take prescription medication to try to get to sleep, many of them don’t feel refreshed upon waking because a ‘drug induced’ sleep does not have the same physiological  effect on your body as when your body naturally falls asleep. Which is why plant medicine delivers such outstanding results as it is familiar molecules and compounds to the ones your body naturally produces triggering neurotransmitters in your brain to secrete hormones specific to the plant’s properties.

A few ideas you can try if you’re experiencing insomnia is picturing the color purple, sometimes I tell folks to imagine they are sailing on a purple sea…turn off your T.V, computer, phone, electronic device 2 hours before you plan to fall asleep….turn off your wireless router….don’t eat any sugar or consume any caffeine related products after a certain time of day so that it does not interfere with you being able to sleep….be grateful, feelings of gratitude shift your brain’s chemistry….meditate daily and let the stress of living go, not tear you apart   😉

Sweet Dreams  ❤

Removing The Stigma~

There really is no way to measure how many people and pets die each year from not just a lack of access to critical medicine, but lack of ability in a mental capacity. There are many veterans, doctors, nurses, people of all walks of life that could benefit from the Cannabis/Hemp plant, but have mental blocks that prevent them. Hemp is not even a psychoactive plant!

You don’t need a prescription to buy CBD Oil. Most companies guarantee that their CBD Oil does not contain more than .03% THC. You can even get CBD Oil with NO THC in it, (that is the subject of our next blog.) Then why does everyone who needs it not have it?

Part of it is the stigma, the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 began with the DEA’s made up word ‘Marijuana’ combining the most popular Mexican girl’s name, ‘Mary’ and the most popular Mexican boy’s name, ‘Juan’ and made up the word, ‘Marijuana.’ Doctors referred to it as Cannabis, in pharmacopeia, it was referred to as Cannabis and was recorded as used for insomnia and pain in 1920’s pharmacopeia.  Noone knew what Marijuana was, and that is why Dr. Woodward from the AMA (American Medical Association) is on record confirming that if they had known it was Cannabis that they were trying to prohibit, that they would have fought the prohibition of Cannabis as it removed a valuable tool from their toolbox.

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At the last show I was at in Plymouth, MA, a gentleman stopped and told me that his mother fought against Hemp! And he was pretty adamant about it and proud maybe even, too. I felt like he was confused and confirmed that Hemp had no psychoactive component to it and that maybe it was Cannabis she fought against. ‘Yea, she fought against that, too,’ he said. ‘But you don’t get high off Hemp, before people started making CBD Oil, Hemp was a fiber, it was an industrial product, why would she fight against it?’ ‘I don’t know why,’ he said, ‘but she did, with her purse and her high heels.’

How misguided are we?! It’s just like my mom’s friend, my mom is trying to tell her that CBD Oil could help some of her issues and she adamantly refuses and says she won’t have anything to do with pot or Marijuana! My mom is 82, so I get that alot from her generation. They were ‘scaremongered’ in a ‘Reefer Madness’ campaign that you can research for yourself and see how exactly they scared the public into forgetting about a valuable medicine and how by 1942 it was removed from pharmacopeia and was known as a menace instead of a medicine.

To be very clear, this is the ONLY substance on the planet that we have these receptors for. In other words, we are hardwired to receive from this plant, it is like software to our bodies that triggers healing. There are many health conditions that are known to man that we now know are Endocannabinoid deficiencies, meaning that we would not have these physical imbalances if we took CBD Oil. Plain and simple. When people take the Oil, there health issues fall away, one by one, or all together, at once, depending on the individual. It is SCIENCE, not religion, not belief, not hypocrisy, not heresay, it is TRUTH, whether you like it or not. And if you don’t, maybe the question to ask yourself is, ‘WHY?’

What is your resistance? What within you refuses to believe proven facts before you? What? You don’t believe that anyone would lie to you or create false truths? Especially, the media? If you truly are that naive, than I am here to wake you from your slumber and shake you if I have to! Some people seriously make me twist their arm so hard to just try it…and EVERYONE of them after they try it, look at me incredulously and say, ‘It doesn’t hurt anymore, that really works!!!’ Ofcourse it does, I’m not lying to you! I am trying to help you feel better, find relief without chemicals that will negatively or adversely affect other parts of your body or that will get you addicted. When my daughter was in a serious car accident years ago, they prescribed her meds and told her to, ‘be careful to not get addicted to them.’ Ofcourse, she didn’t, but I always wondered when Dr’s say that how you are supposed to, ‘be careful.’ Pretty sure when you take a pill you are prescribed you take as prescribed with like a drink or something….what is the proper way to take it and make sure you don’t get addicted? Our bodies are human, if it is an addictive substance, how do we make sure that we don’t get addicted? I mean, really, and then if you do, everyone says you’re a drug addict, but if you took your medicine as prescribed, than who’s fault is that? You were in pain, went to your Dr. and that’s what they give you. What else are you supposed to do? You believe your Dr., they are who you are paying to help you with your health issues. But if you get addicted, then you go to a different Dr. for that. What a disservice! I have learned not to judge and to find out the circumstances of a situation when you hear of drug abuse because pain is an awful thing to live with and if your own Dr. prescribes it for you, it must be ok, right?

Not so much…..

That’s why when I try to tell people in visible pain, ‘I have something that will make you feel better and they keep walking  in the opposite direction, in pain, I can’t help but think to myself, ‘Believe me, it will hurt you alot more than me, if you don’t try my products….literally.’