Better Sex, Better Sleep

It is a well-known fact that menopause (and the period preceding it called perimenopause) can be a virtual emotional rollercoaster for many women as hormones go BALLISTIC! And a very common result of this hormonal free-for-all is a serious lack of SLEEP…

Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by either difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep. And the staggering fact is that more than 1/3 of all adults have insomnia, with women in particular suffering from other complicating factors, like night sweats, nighttime awakening, anxiety and depression.

So what can you do??

How do you cope with the ongoing and predictable stresses of life like toxic workplaces, caring for aging parents and the demands of running a home and raising a family?

And to add insult to injury, that same ongoing hormonal imbalance can lead to a seriously low sex drive as well. We all know that a healthy sex life is vital to the life force that supports the mind, body and spirit in balance, as taught in Ayurveda. But who feels like doing it when you are exhausted by the stresses of daily life and all you want is the blessed relief of sleep? To further complicate the situation, loss of sleep is also associated with hypertension and cardiovascular problems, not to mention depression and anxiety. And overall mortality is three times higher among people with chronic insomnia.

Traditional western medical remedies to cope with chronic insomnia include sedatives, anti-depressants, tranquilizers and anti-anxiety drugs, effective… yes… but at what cost?

Consider the alternative offered by Ayurveda, an ancient healing science reaching back over 5,000 years. Within the ayurvedic compilation of over 8,000 botanicals, there are a handful that are particularly potent, among them the amalaki fruit. Also known as the Indian Gooseberry, the amalaki is native to the region around India and Nepal, and is one of the most widely consumed supplements in India today. Amalaki, with its impressive nutrient profile, promotes health and improves the function of several body functions, including the cardiovascular system, the liver and kidneys, and the digestive system. There are also a number of other important botanicals that are essential to Ayurveda, and that support and enhance the availability of amalaki’s nutrient power.

Among these is Schizandra, or schizandra chinensis. This powerful botanical holds a top spot in traditional Chinese medicine, with millennia of traditional use as an energy booster, a fatigue fighter and a sexual tonic. Its name – Wu Wei Zi (five flavored berry) derives from the fact that schizandra simultaneously contains five of the six tastes of ayurveda – sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent. Schizandra also qualifies as an adaptogen, meaning it specifically helps the body adapt to stress by reducing the levels of stress hormones in the blood. A powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, schizandra is also known to possess a variety of health benefits, ranging from liver and kidney support to greatly improved sleep, critical for maintaining optimal health.

In sum, in an effort to balance the nervous system, improve the libido, promote restful sleep and enhance overall vitality, schizandra is an excellent choice for daily consump