sleepless where ever

There is little dispute that sleep is too often hard to come by. Crazy busy schedules, out of control stresses, and troublesome future worries all keep a restful night’s sleep at bay. As a result chronic insomnia is not as isolated an experience as one might hope despite our finest pillow-top.       IMG_7643

 Insomnia Statistics

  • People today sleep 20% less than they did 100 years ago.
  • More than 30% of the population suffers from insomnia.
  • One in three people suffer from some form of insomnia during their lifetime.
  • More than half of Americans lose sleep due to stress and/or anxiety.
  • Between 40% and 60% of people over the age of 60 suffer from insomnia.
  • Women are up to twice as likely to suffer from insomnia than men.
  • Approximately 35% of insomniacs have a family history of insomnia.
  • 90% of people who suffer from depression also experience insomnia.
  • Approximately 10 million people in the U.S. use prescription sleep aids.

In our home we value a good night’s repose with all the honor it deserves. As we wind down after a long day and too often a long evening we make time for a few bedtime rituals. A relaxing yoga pose. Inspiring literature. And recently, a hot drink. Using healing spices such as cardamon and cinnamon (both have an internal warming effect on the body: another benefit mid-January) we find this particular recipe a soothing combination. Milk mixed with small quantities of these spices will create an effective sleep aid.

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To begin, heat 2 cups of organic and preferably local milk in a small saucepan. (To make this recipe vegan simply replace with soy or almond milk.) While the milk is simmering on a low flame crush one cinnamon stick and sprinkle in to the milk. Crush or grind green cardamon pods, between 6-8, depending on your taste, and add these to the pot. Grate a dash of nutmeg, or a pinch of powered (any more than a dash will overwhelm the overall taste, so keep this spice to a minimum) directly into the milk. All three of these spices have the potential to rev you up, but in small amounts will only do so enough to warm you.

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Stir the mixture and bring to almost a boil and then simmer for 3 minutes or so until the milk is hot. Take it off the flame and add a drop of vanilla. Again, play with measurements, but keep all the spices to only a hint. Stir thoroughly. Strain into two small mugs. We like to add a hefty spoonful of honey but this too should be to your taste.

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Chose a favorite teacup or mug. Enjoy the weight and feel of the china. Have your first sip in a comfy chair and savor the subtle flavors as you review all the joys of your day. Tomorrow will surely come, as day follows night, and after a wonderful rest, you will be ready for even more life!

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5 thoughts on “sleepless where ever

  1. I didn’t realize 35% insomniacs have family history, I just thought it was coincidence my dad, bro, and I have it. 😦 I’m definitely going to try your recipe. Sounds soothing.

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