The cholesterol-lowering compound that improves sleep

Do you lie awake at night, wishing you could get just a few hours of sleep as you stare at the dark ceiling?

Are you constantly thinking about the hundreds of things you need to get done instead of catching those needed zzz’s?

If so, I’ve got some good news for you.

According to a new scientific study, beating the insomnia caused by stress has a simple solution… One that can be found in a number of foods or even a natural supplement you can get in any health food store.

Let’s take a look at the research…

Sugar cane’s sleep inducing power

Scientists at the Japanese International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine used stressed mice and measured their quality and quantity of sleep as well as their levels of stress hormones.

They then split them into two groups, giving one group a compound known as octacosanol while the other group was given a placebo.

Here’s what they found…

Not only did octacosanol reduce corticosterone levels in the mice’s blood, a stress marker, the octacosanol-administered mice also showed normal sleep, which was previously disturbed due to stress.

In other words, taking octacosanol reduced stress and promoted sleep.

So, what is octacosanol and where can you get it?

Octacosanol is abundantly present in various everyday foods such as sugarcane (the thin whitish layer on surface), rice bran, wheat germ oil, bee wax etc.  It can also be found in smaller amounts in alfalfa, ginkgo biloba and even some vegetable oils.

And, to make things even easier, octacosanol is also one of the key components of policosanol, a mixture of fatty substances isolated and purified from the wax of sugarcane and a common, easy to find natural supplement …

And it just so happens to be one that’s already been well-documented to lower cholesterol, battle atherosclerosis (where the arteries become narrowed and hardened due to a buildup of plaque around the artery wall) and promote exercise and endurance.

Reducing stress and restoring normal sleep

So, if you want to decrease stress and get the sleep you need, try getting more octacosanol in your daily diet. You can do it using the foods listed above or by taking a policosanol supplement.

Other ways to reduce stress and sleep better include:

  • Practice meditation – Before turning in for the night, take a few minutes to focus inward. Either find a comfortable sitting position or lie on your back. Listen to your breathing, feel your heartbeat and relax your mind. Let any stray thoughts pass you by and just be in the moment.
  • Use essential oils – Try using an essential oil diffuser next to your bed at night. Calming oils like lavender, chamomile and Ylang-ylang can help you get the sleep you’ve been looking for.
  • Exercise – It’s no secret that exercise can help in the battle against stress so get out there and get moving. Take a walk after dinner, ride your bike or just march in place while you watch your favorite show.

Don’t turn to dangerous prescription sleep pills to get the rest you need. Instead, battle stress and restore your sleep naturally with the power of octacosanol.

Editor’s note: More than 38 million Americans take a single drug every day that robs their brain of an essential nutrient required for optimal brain health, all in the name of unnaturally lowering their cholesterol. It also increases their disease risk and all but kills bedroom activity. Are you one of them? Click here to find out!

Sources:

  1. Cannot sleep due to stress? Here is the cure — University of Tsukuba
  2. What is octacosanol? — Sharecare

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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

By Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst is a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic, with more than 20 years of experience. She has dedicated herself to helping others enjoy life at every age through the use of alternative medicine and natural wellness options. Dr. Schmedthorst enjoys sharing her knowledge with the alternative healthcare community, providing solutions for men and women who are ready to take control of their health the natural way.