Masks, Hand Sanitizers, & Quality Sleep for Immunity

By John G. McGarvey /

Masks, Hand Sanitizers, & Quality Sleep for Immunity

In a recent interview with The Guardian on his experience with Coronavirus, everyman actor Tom Hanks mentioned, “There’s really only three things people need to do [to keep healthy]: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands.”  I’d venture to add one more to that list – get quality sleep.  Not just fall asleep, but achieve 7-8 hours of uninterupted sleep.  Every night.  Can Chinese herbal medicine help?  Of course. 

Sleep is the ultimate immunity booster, and isn’t that what we’re in need of now, more than ever (I’m speaking of course the need for stronger immunity, but more sleep in my life would be good as well).  I’ve written extensively on how the Chinese herbal medicine blend, Gui Pi Tang, the inspiration behind our Mental Tranquility formula has been a game changer in my sleep and in my life – it just so happens that it reinforces Mother Nature’s nightly gift of immunity as well.    

Mother Nature’s Immunity Gift – Delivered Daily

"Studies show that people who don't get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus..."

We’ve been granted this beautiful gift to recharge our bodies and minds every night.  Does it stand to reason that when we fall ill, we’re advised to get plenty of rest?  But yet, humans are the only species on the face of the earth that will purposely deprive themselves of sleep – and to what gain?

 According to Dr. Eric J. Olson of the Mayo Clinic, “Studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as a common cold virus.  Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick.”

Note the point about “quality sleep”.  So, ask yourself, how’s the quality of your sleep in light of everything going on in the world?

 

Different Sleep Types – Different Solutions Required

Chinese herbal medicine offers numerous solutions that are relevant right now, and I’m not just speaking about the need to bolster immunity directly.  And on the need for quality sleep, we’ve created two solutions that combine unique Chinese herbal combinations that deliver quality, uninterrupted sleep - depending on the type of sleeper you are:

  • Mental Tranquility for the 2 AM stressed sleeper (that was me).  This blend incorporates 12 herbs based on a formula called Gui Pi Tang.
  • Physical Tranquility for those who sleep hot and agitated. Based on a formula called Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan, there are 16 herbs in this blend that chill you out.

Both formulas incorporate ancient Chinese herbal blends that are used widely by acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioners globally, but we’ve added a modern twist with flavors and other ingredients that make the blends flavorful and refreshing.  Moreover, you’ve told us that they impact your life when you’re not sleeping – from increasing focus the next day, to helping you keep calm and cool as well. 

A Personal Note

I’m unabashedly a stressed sleeper, and for me the herbs in Mental Tranquility have been a game changer.  I know this because when I don’t take them, my sleep is a mess – particularly from 2 AM onwards.  And if there’s anything that we don’t need at this moment in time, it's more stressed, exhausted people in the world.

So if you spend a bit more time on our site and learn about the impact Chinese herbal medicine can have on your overall well-being, consider the impact it can have on your sleep.  After all, getting 8 hours of quality sleep is less an inconvenience as forgetting your mask. 

John G. McGarvey is a co-founder of DAO Labs and a regular contributor to The Way. A frequent visitor to China and Asia for both business and pleasure, he is an avid consumer of Chinese medicine. He can be reached at john@mydaolabs.com.

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