Monday, May 4, 2009

I've been feeling a bit under the weather lately, so I'm recycling one of my old favorite "Healthy Monday" posts: Beauty Sleep! Enjoy!

Have you ever found yourself staring at bridal hairstyles at 11 p.m. or trying to prioritize your wedding to-do list after an exhausting day at work? By the time you get to bed, everything from "I still haven't found a photographer" to "What if crazy Aunt Rita wants to sing at the wedding!?" is beating a drum around your brain. All of this wedding stress can inhibit you from obtaining a good night's sleep, which is essential to staying healthy, mentally and physically.

So what's a stressed bride-to-be to do? Some experts claim that Lavender may be the best natural remedy. According to a Wesleyan University study, lavender was proven to increase the amount of time a person spends in deep sleep - the most restorative and restful sleep phase. Healthmad suggests putting a few drops on your pillow or wrapping the dried flowers in a cheesecloth, but it you want something a little more luxurious, L'Occitane sells an organic lavender pillow mist.


Sources: APA, Healthmad (photo source), Divine Caroline

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