Today most of us have strenuous work schedules that have us up early and often working late at night. This places a strain on the body as well as interferes with our sleep patterns. This is why more and more people are relying on prescription sleep aids. However, these pills become addictive and often have undesirable side effects.
If you find yourself waking up groggy and wanting to take naps throughout the day, then these 4 natural alternatives will definitely help you to improve the quality of your sleep so that you can wake up feeling refreshed and have energy throughout the day.
What you eat before bed can actually determine whether you fall asleep faster or lay awake counting sheep for hours on end. Sugary, high carbohydrate foods should be switched out for one of these foods that have been proven to relax the mind and body and help you to fall asleep faster:
Avoid Spicy foods as well as caffeine at least a few hours before bed and opt instead for a soothing bedtime tea such as chamomile, lavender or passionflower.
Most of us sit at a desk all day staring at a screen and do not get enough adequate exercise. Exercise allows us to release stress and tension as well as reduces anxiety and depression. Insomnia or sleep problems are often due to pent up stress, so it makes sense that by releasing this tension we can sleep better.
Most of us are guilty of scrolling through our phones at night before bed, but it has been proven that the blue light our phones emit can keep us awake.
We recommend settling into bed with a good book at least 30 minutes before you you plan on actually going to sleep. Reading helps to relax the mind and prepare you for a good night’s sleep. Make sure you read by a lamp and not under a harsh overhead light, as a dimly lit room will increase your melatonin, signalling to your brain that it’s almost bedtime.
Essential oils are wonderful to add in as part of your bedtime routine and they may help you to not only fall asleep faster, but have a better quality of sleep too.
Try adding a few drops of our Lavender or chamomile organic essential oils to a hot bubble bath before hitting the pillow. You can also place a few drops in a diffuser in your room and allow the relaxing aroma to fill the air and calm your senses. You can even add a few drops to your pillowcase!
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