A Science-Driven Guide To A Good Night's Sleep | written for Buffy

Photo by Kevin Buitrago.

Photo by Kevin Buitrago.

As a holistic health practitioner certified in both complementary and integrative health and Clinical Herbalism, Rachelle Robinett knows how sleep can impact everything from productivity to neuroprotection. While she knows the plant for just about any ailment (she’s the founder of herbal cafe Supernatural, after all), she’s the first to confirm that how we sleep at night depends on how we spend our day. Syncing circadian rhythms won’t take long with the right routine—and she has a few notes to get us started.

Tune into nature.

If the goal is to feel tired when it’s time to fall asleep, we need to activate the parasympathetic nervous system—aka our “rest and digest” state—and minimize the “fight or flight” of the daily grind. The proof is in biology: we respond to daylight and nightlight at a cellular level.

Natural light (or absence of it) triggers the release of hormones that dictate how alert we are. The hormone cortisol is like our body’s morning cup of coffee, and a tuned-in body will release it in the morning to help wake us up. Melatonin is like our evening chill pill, which we get a shot of when our body senses that the sun is setting and the day is winding down. One study found that just a few more hours of light could shift a body clock by six hours in one week, making it essential to be sensitive to nature’s rhythms.

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CAP Beauty Interview: Meet Our Healer: Rachelle Robinett

CAP Beauty Interview: Meet Our Healer: Rachelle Robinett

The newest addition to our team of CAP Beauty healers, Rachelle is a Holistic Health Practitioner, Clinical Herbalist and Founder of Supernatural, the gorgeous high health cafe inside of Woom Center. Rachelle combines natural medicine with practical habit-building to help people find balanced, lasting vitality. A student of Shamanism as well, Rachelle has studied the relationship between plants and people and guides us to seek health through a deep connection to nature, the Source of life. The plant kingdom is ripe with medicine. Embrace its healing, embrace its life force and let Rachelle be your leader.  

Podcast: Exploring urban herbalism, navigating wellness and adaptogens, and plant-based living with Rachelle Robinett for Medium Well

“Today’s episode is with Rachelle Robinett, a Holistic Health Practitioner, Clinical Herbalist & Founder of Supernatural. Rachelle is a go-to expert in the wellness field, one that she helped build, but is also not afraid to speak her mind about when it goes too far. In this episode we chat about and explore my interest in urban herbalism, the challenges and beauty of the wellness industry, having a business with multiple facets and layers, why Rachelle uses food as medicine before herbs, and more. Rachelle is such a wealth of knowledge— I can’t wait to hear what you learned in this episode!”

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