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According to a 2014 National Sleep Foundation Poll, many kids in the United States are not getting a sufficient amount of sleep each night—which the National Institutes of Health say should be around 10 hours nightly for school-age children. But what if helping our little ones catch more shuteye were as simple as adding a daily fish oil supplement to their diet?

A recent study out of Oxford University examined the effects of Omega-3 DHA supplementation (600 mg daily) on more than 350 children ages 7 to 9, about 40 percent of whom suffered from regular sleep disturbances. Results of the 16-week study, slated to be published in an upcoming Journal of Sleep Research, revealed that the kids who received the Omega-3s as opposed to a placebo slept about an hour longer each night and had fewer waking episodes. Professor Paul Montgomery, lead author of the study, believes he knows why.

“Various substances made within the body from Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids have long been known to play key roles in the regulation of sleep,” said Montgomery. “For example, lower ratios of DHA have been linked with lower levels of melatonin, and that would fit with our finding that sleep problems are greater in children with lower levels of DHA in their blood.”

DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, is a beneficial Omega-3 fatty acid found abundantly in cold-water fish such as salmon and tuna. In previous studies DHA has been linked to better sleep quality in children, as well as improvements in thinking and behavior. However, because getting children to each fish can sometimes be a challenge for parents, supplementation is often a beneficial alternative.

Says co-investigator Dr. Alex Richardson, “…this randomized controlled trial does suggest that children’s sleep can be improved by DHA supplements and indicates yet another benefit of higher levels of Omega-3 in the diet.”

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Everyday stress can take a toll on your heart—so much so that many experts consider stress as important a risk factor for cardiovascular disease as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and smoking. As we wrap up American Heart Month, here are 10 tips for reducing daily stress. Be sure to pass them along!

  1. Eat Mindfully. Consume plenty of non-starchy vegetables, low-sugar fruits, healthy fats, lean protein, nuts and seeds. Avoid grain-based, refined, and starchy carbohydrates and sugars. Eat slowly, and try to avoid eating while doing any other activity.
  2. Get Physical. Exercise releases endorphins (the body’s euphoric neurotransmitters) and helps balance the stress response. Find an activity you like and get moving!
  3. Embrace a Stress-relieving Activity. Whether you enjoy yoga, tai chi, massage, breathing, relaxation or another activity that eases stress, find time to do it regularly.
  4. Balance Your Gut. Support optimal digestion and overall health with probiotics to help restore digestive balance.‡
  5. Get Plenty of Sleep. Lack of sleep is often the result of stress, but it also contributes to stress, creating a vicious cycle. Most people need at least 7 to 8 hours nightly so the body can function optimally.
  6. Boost Your Omega-3 Intake. Take a daily Omega-3 fish oil supplement to increase the Omega-3/Omega-6 ratio and promote heart health.‡
  7. Bring on the Fiber. If you are not consuming at least 35 grams of fiber daily to promote regular elimination and digestive balance, consider a fiber supplement.
  8. Enzymes with Every Meal. Stress takes a toll on our insides. Natural digestive enzymes (with or without HCl, depending on your needs) help relieve digestive symptoms.‡
  9. Don’t Forget the D. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased risk of heart disease, especially in people with high blood pressure. Optimize your vitamin D level at 50 to 70 ng/mL.
  10. Build a Support System. A good support system goes a long way toward tackling everyday stress, and having someone to talk to is one of the most important ways to relieve stress.

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