Sleep and well-being go hand in hand. Getting proper sleep is just as eating well and exercising regularly. Think of your body like a factory. As soon as you sleep, your body begins its night-shift work such as:
- healing damaged cells
- boosting your immune system
- recovering from the day’s activities
- recharging your heart and cardiovascular system for the next day
Nevertheless, in our busy lives, many of us are not getting the quality 7 to 8 hours sleep that our body needs to perform these functions.
“Getting proper sleep can improve your quality of life and protect your mental and physical health”
The damage from sleep deficiency can harm you gradually. Sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.
Here are natural remedies you can use to help you get a better night sleep.
Holistic Approach: The second option available to you is a holistic approach. There are many traditions in which massage, acupressure or acupuncture is used alone or in conjunction with one another in order to induce sleep. In order for these to be effective, you should have the treatments regularly and as close to the end of the day as possible.
Natural Remedies: The third and final option is to try truly natural remedies. For example, chamomile tea will help with sleep. Lavender will also help with sleep, although most people do not like to drink it in a tea. You can get lavender candles, incense or oils to burn or anoint your pillow at night to help you get to sleep, however. You can also find these herbs in their dried form in most natural or health shops, and use them in that form.
Holistic and natural treatments tend to work rather well and sometimes better together than when used separately. This is not difficult to do as most holistic healers have more extensive knowledge of natural remedies and can also assist you in this matter.
Dos before bedtime:
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Maintain a routine and rhythm, even at weekends or after a poor night's sleep.
- Understand your sleep requirements. Most people need at least six hours sleep for normal memory and brain function.
- Spend some time in natural light. This helps promote melatonin production in your body. Melatonin is a hormone that allows you to know when to sleep and when to wake up.
- Create a comfortable sleeping environment. Make sure your bedroom is cool, quiet and dark. Avoid distracting noises and light. If you don’t have a comfortable bed or pillow, consider changing them.
- Use your bed only for sleep (and intimacy!). Avoid watching television, studying, eating or working in bed. Your brain should associate your bed with sleeping.
- Feel relaxed and warm before bed. Reading a book or taking a warm bath may help you unwind and de-stress before bedtime.
An important thing to remember when eating sleep-promoting foods is to beware of too much protein. Protein-rich foods contain an amino acid known as tyrosine. This particular compound has the ability to stimulate brain activity when eaten in high amounts. So be sure to keep your nighttime snack light and enjoyable. So if you ever find yourself hungry before bed, don't be afraid to eat one of these sleep-promoting snacks.