Stress is arguably one of the biggest health problems in America. And this time of year, with the holidays looming on the horizon and the days becoming shorter, can only add to the everyday pressures. Frequent stress has been known to lead to stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, skin problems, ulcers, back pain, immune system suppression, and several other health conditions. Poor sleep can also magnify stress, as well as chronic health conditions, creating a vicious cycle. Adults should be getting at least eight hours of sleep per night and for kids, the younger they are, the more sleep they need.
So what can you do for relief? There are many simple mind-body exercises that can reduce your stress, anxiety and affected sleep. Meditation, taking breathe breaks, yoga, and acupuncture are just some of the more holistic approaches that can work well for most individuals. But what if you are still feeling the effects of stress?
Safe options for a non-prescription medicine that target stress symptoms can be limited. Many products can cause drowsiness or have the potential to cause drug interactions with other OTC medicines. For more of a non-sedating and natural approach, Sedalia tablets from Boiron are an option. Sedalia provides temporary relief of nervousness, hypersensitivity and irritability due to stress without risk of dependency.*
Now what about those sleepless nights spent tossing and turning? Most conventional sleep aids induce sleep by interfering with the physiological mechanisms of the central nervous system. The most common consequences are residual sedative effects in the morning. Alteration of alertness, balance and memory, and the possibility of dependence are also concerns. However, Boiron offers a homeopathic medicine as a natural solution for sleeplessness and restless sleep.* Quietude tablets’ unique advantage is to restore a natural sleep pattern without side effects like next-day grogginess. It offers a simple over-the-counter answer to occasional sleeplessness and restless sleep.
Both Sedalia and Quietude are ideal first line solutions when you are experiencing stress and sleep issues. Without side effects like drowsiness, you can remain alert and responsive during stressful situations and still get a good night’s sleep. Look for these medicines at your local independent pharmacy or health food store.
*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.