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In a recent conversation, Tina Fey and Oprah agreed that watching the news at night is simply too stressful. With all the insanity going on in the world, checking midnight alerts is basically signing up for insomnia.
“Before bed? Are you kidding?” Oprah said.
Laughing and nodding, Tina concurred: “No, I try not to,” she said.
These icons are not alone. A 2017 study by the American Psychological Association concluded that health-wise two-thirds of Americans are hit hard by the constant consumption of negative news.
Headline stress disorder—a term coined by therapist Dr. Steven Stosny—is real, people (not that we need the medical community to tell us what we’re already experiencing). HSD can induce anxiety, fatigue, and sleeplessness. You’ve been there, we know.
In her chat with Oprah, the Mean Girls writer said she does what she can to mitigate the effects of the 24-hour news cycle.
“I find that I really need to be outside every day,” Tina said. “I need to make time to go walk and be in nature—or as close as I can get to nature in New York City.”
What else? “I eat well, I try to move around,” Fey explained. And perhaps most important: “I try to sleep since I spent so many years sleep-deprived—and sleep deprivation is no joke,” said the comic genius. “There’s a reason they use it as torture.”
But, like we said, that’s easier said than done when each day’s headlines provide endless fodder for tossing and turning.
Tina, clever as she is, has a trick—a supplement that helps her wind down and turn off her brain: “I drink some Natural Calm magnesium,” before bed, Fey revealed to Oprah. You just mix half a teaspoon of the powder into a small glass of water, let it fizz, and drink up.
Natural Vitality’s water-soluble Natural Calm formula is vegan, gluten-free, and certified non-GMO. The drink mix comes in cherry, lemon, orange, watermelon, raspberry, strawberry mango, and plain. Since at least 66 percent of folks in this country are magnesium deficient—and magnesium is essential for bone health—this is not only a great way to fall asleep but also a smart habit for everyday wellness. Magnesium also helps improve blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease, migraines, and depression. And it’s known to have a calming effect on the body (think of an Epsom-salt bath—Epsom salts are magnesium!).
Now Tina says, “I love going to sleep. It’s my favorite part of the day.” Nighty-night, Tina, and thanks for the tip. We’ll raise a glass to you—of Natural Calm magnesium, that is—and see you in dreamland.
And if it helps wind down after a day of hard news, we’ll try anything.
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