Do you find that you are irritable, have no patience and like you are in a cloud all day? Perhaps the problem is that you aren’t getting enough sleep, or that you aren’t getting enough restful sleep. Even if you devote a full eight hours to sleeping, if you are tossing, turning, and getting up on a consistent basis, you really aren’t getting the rest that you need.
The amount of sleep that you get has a great impact on your overall health and well-being. A lack of sleep breaks down your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness, which is a definite problem in the winter months, when germs are much more prevalent.
If you are having trouble falling or staying asleep, turning to medication may be tempting. However, don’t. While these medications do help you fall asleep, they bring about a whole new set of problems. For example, sleep aids commonly bring on dependency, as well as headaches and dizziness.
You don’t have to rely on medications to fall and stay asleep – there are natural remedies that can bring you the rest that you so crave and need. Read on to find out some simple, natural sleep remedies to help you get more effective sleep, without any medication.
It may sound completely obvious to say it, but being comfortable is essential for sleep. If you aren’t comfortable, falling and staying asleep becomes almost nightmarish. Make sure your bed is comfortable and your room is set to a temperature you like. The clothes you sleep in also make a big difference, so keep that in mind as you’re preparing for bed.
When you were a child, did your mother make you a glass of warm milk when you couldn’t sleep? There’s a very good reason she did this! Warm milk is sleep inducing – mom always knows best! Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you can’t still benefit from this childhood remedy. Drink a mug of milk about 45 minutes before bedtime and you’ll drift off into a restful sleep.
The chamomile herb is famous for having a soothing effect on the body, and when you feel soothed, you will enjoy better sleep. Steep a cup of chamomile tea about an hour before you retire to bed – you’ll feel your troubles and stresses melt away, making you ready to enjoy a rejuvenating sleep.
Stress certainly has an impact on your sleep cycle. Although a natural part of life, do your best to keep any stress at bay before bed. Avoid doing things that could potentially bring on aggravation, like paying the bills or having a difficult conversation with your significant other. Otherwise, you’re likely to go to bed with a racing mind, increasing the difficulty of falling asleep.
Do things before bed that make you feel your best, calm, and at ease. If you are spiritual, pray or meditate right before bed. Another way to avoid stress is to take care of you. Splurge a little and get yourself some beauty products to make you feel your best like at home facial kits. Having your skin looking its best, you will feel your best. Or you can get some new products for a nice relaxing bubble bath before bed, just let all your worries wash away.
If you are dragging through the day, it’s tempting to pour a cup of Joe past noon to get your afternoon pick-me-up. Believe it or not, this can greatly impact your sleep cycle! Caffeine stays in the system for a while, making it difficult sleep at your usual time difficult.
Skip that cup of coffee and instead reach for an energy boost that won’t have an adverse effect on your sleep – things like cucumbers, eggs, Greek yogurt, and oatmeal are all natural energizers which have no effect on your sleeping habits.
Sleep is not only enjoyable, it is vital to your health and well-being. Use these techniques to get more restful sleep and you’ll feel a world of difference.
*This article was submitted by Felicity Dryer. Felicity is freelance writer from Southern California. She has a passion for helping people in any way she can. She currently writes for Presidio Home Care’s Blog, as well as other health and wellness sites. In her free time, she loves to hike and find new healthy recipes. You can also find Felicity on Facebook.