Natural Solutions: Improving Sleep
If you are getting less sleep because of your lifestyle or any other reason, then you are not the only person! Although it is recommended that you should get seven to nine hours of sleep daily, sometimes, all of us fall short on that count. For some of us, it is the stress or failure to switch off, while for some more serious ailments like insomnia might be the cause. Whatever be the cause, there are ways to improve sleep naturally.
So, if you are on the lookout for some natural solutions for improving your sleep, here are some ways in which you can do that.
You might have heard of aromatherapy as a way to induce sleep, but have you tried it? You should try out lavender as it is well known to aid sleep. In addition, it is not too costly, and comes without any side effects. All you would need is a proper diffuser. You can even find a spray with lavender and use it on your pillow before sleep.
Before you go to bed, try meditation. If you find it hard to concentrate, just close your eyes, focus on breathing and relax. That way, you would be able to relieve the stress before you drop off in bed and clear your mind a little. If you find the silence intimidating, you can also put in some soft music in the background, which will calm your nerves, as well as help you relax.
#3: Green Tea
Green tea consists of an amino acid named L – theanine, which helps you relax during the night. It is the same protein which keeps you healthy and alert during the day. However, while consuming green tea at night, make sure that you don’t overdo it. Recommended dose for proper sleep is around 50 – 200 mg. Also, refrain from caffeine at night, especially before or after dinner if you would love to have some hours of extra sleep.
#4: Steam Saunas
Steam saunas are yet another effective way of treating insomnia. The heat from the saunas not only helps to relax your nerves, but also softens your muscles. This helps you get rid of pain, and relieves tension from your body. Additionally, if you take steam saunas regularly, you can also get rid of stress, arthritis aches, migraines and headaches. It also makes you become more efficient by helping you to get rid of tiredness. One of the key benefits of steam saunas is that it helps your body get rid of toxins, which in turn helps you be healthy but the comforting state is great to bring on a good night’s sleep.
#5: Feng Shui
Feng and Shui in Chinese means air and water. Depending on the alignment of your bedroom, and the ventilation, your sleep patterns can change. So, if you are having trouble getting some sleep, get your house checked by a Feng Shui expert or get yourself a guidebook. Some of the easiest way of adjusting your bedroom according to Feng Shui would be
- Keeping your bed easily approachable from all sides
- Keeping the windows open and air in the room fresh
- Maintaining a clean room, without trash and clutter, which might stress you out
Acupuncture is one of the traditional Chinese methods for treating insomnia. Acupuncture works by stimulating certain points on your body for healing. These acupressure points correct the energy balance in your body by opening up blocked channels (meridians). Additionally, acupuncture also causes the secretion of chemicals like melatonin and tryptophan, both of which help you to sleep.
#7: Proper Schedule
When it comes to sleep, you need to have a proper schedule for sleeping. This is true in case of not only sleep, but also overall maintenance of your health. For example, if you exercise for a day, and then stop, you would not see any changes. However, if you repeat the exercise daily for half an hour, after a week, you might see some progress. This is why, it is important to stick to a schedule. It also helps your body clock to know that it is time for sleep. In order to help yourself relax before sleep, you can also try drinking a warm glass of milk, or listening to music. This also helps you to establish a routine, and prepare your mind ahead of sleeping by giving it a step by step routine.
Exercising daily provides you with a better sleep. It also provides you with a healthy lifestyle, and more energy than you normally have. However, you need to stick to a regular exercise regimen and not wear yourself out in a day. In addition, do take care of your diets before and after exercising.
These are only some of the natural ways in which you can get rid of insomnia. While treating insomnia, you also need to focus on your food and lifestyle, in addition to getting alternative treatments. At the end of the day, it is always better to stay away from prescription drugs for sleeping, and these natural methods would help you to do so!
Thank you to Nina Wells who wrote this article. Nina is a guest author from Steam Shower Store and is a respected and expert voice in a plethora of health related subjects with over 10 years of writing under her belt.