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The Sleep Apothecary: Passionflower + Anxiety

When Spanish missionaries discovered passionflower in the 16th Century, they believed the plant looked remarkably similar to the Passion of Christ. Turns out, the missionaries stumbled upon a very good omen. Passiflora incarnate (or passionflower) is the species of the genus most associated with therapeutic benefits. Long before Europeans came to […]

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Napping at Work: America’s Newest Wellness Trend

Napping isn’t just for toddlers anymore. From Spain’s siestas to Italy’s riposo, people have been taking mid-day naps for centuries. And slowly but surely, the U.S. is catching on. Just in the last few years, napping at work has become an integral part of company culture. Google, Uber, and Zappos have […]

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How to Have a Truly Restorative Vacation

Ever feel more exhausted after a vacation than before? Taking time off has the potential to help our bodies and brains perform at their best, but too often it has the opposite effect. Thanks to our ever-present smartphones, truly getting away is harder than ever. We spend our breaks rushing […]

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The Sleep Apothecary: Valerian + Insomnia

As the legend goes, Pied Piper was hired to lure plague-carrying rats and pests away from Hamelin with his music. While some stand by this story, others suspect he might’ve been stuffing the odorous valerian root in his colorful coat pocket to get the job done. Though people compare valerian’s pungent […]

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How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth at Night

Grinding your teeth at night doesn’t just leave you with an aching jaw the next morning, it can seriously disrupt your sleep. If you’re among the estimated 8 percent of adults who suffer from sleep bruxism, or nocturnal teeth grinding, you’ve probably already been lectured about the potential damage to […]

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Caffeine Alternatives to Fight the 3 p.m. Slump

Your eyes are fluttering. Your body feels heavy. Your mind is wandering. Everyone’s been there: 3 p.m. rolls around and it’s almost impossible to concentrate. When the post-lunch food coma sets in, it’s tempting to reach for that second — or third — cup of coffee. But it’s a temptation […]

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How to Overcome the Fear of Sleeping Alone

It’s a classic horror movie scene: A masked lunatic slips through the bedroom window and attacks an unsuspecting victim. When we sleep, we are at our most vulnerable, without any defenses ready or time to react. For many women, in particular, the idea of a relaxing night at home alone […]