Frank Salvatore
Health and Lifestyle

Help! I need some sleep

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Not being able to sleep is frustrating. It can also lead to serious health problems. The body needs at least 6 hours of sleep every night in order to be active again the next day. Sleep allows you to rejuvenate, to fight off colds, viruses and disease. It allows you to function well the next day. But some people have problems getting to sleep and getting a good night’s rest. Why can’t I sleep? Firstly, take a look at your daily routine. You may discover straight away what is causing your sleeping issues. Are you under a lot of pressure or stress? Have you switched to a different diet or used a new medication? All of these factors could be affecting your sleep pattern and may be the cause to your insomnia. Taking prescription sleep aids and some over the counter medications can have harmful side effects or even cause addiction. There are natural ways to help you get that sleep you are longing for.

Natural and Organic Sleep Aids:

  • Adding a drop of lavender oil on your pillow at night will help you fall asleep faster and you’ll also sleep for longer. Lavender oil also works great in the bath. Sometimes taking a long soak in the bath with the essential oil will help you completely relax before bed.
  • Chamomile, which you can drink as a tea, has a great calming effect and increases better sleep.
  • Chinese medicines and acupuncture can also help you get a better night sleep. Talk to your local Chinese naturopath, herbalist, or acupuncturist to setup a treatment plan to suit your needs.
  • Try adding dark green vegetables, almonds, cashews to your diet. They can all act as natural sleep aids.
  • Melatonin, a naturally found hormone in the body whose purpose is to regulate sleep can also be taken in a pill form. Take it about 30 minutes prior to wanting to go to sleep.

Tips to a better night sleep:

  • One of the most effective natural sleeping aids is exercising on a daily basis. Exercise helps your body shed itself of the muscle tension and anxiety that comes with excess stress.
  • Avoid eating too close to bedtime. Your body needs ample time to digest your meals before you go to sleep. The best time to eat your dinner is approximately 4 hours before bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine and sugar. Tea, coffee, and most soft drinks are loaded with caffeine and sugar. Avoid these drinks after lunchtime or avoid them altogether. Staying away from these drinks is one of the best natural sleep aids.
  • Avoid television and video games before going to bed. Both of these are far too stimulating and you’ll find it a lot harder to fall asleep afterwards.
  • Keep your room uncluttered with minimal distractions. The bedroom is for sleeping. Do work, watch t.v. and complete other activities in other rooms of the house.
  • Remove any clocks that tick or LED displays that light up. Get rid of as many electrical items as possible or switch them off completely.
  • Set the temperature to one that is conductive to sleep. Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes.
  • It is best to sleep in a quiet, dark room. If that’s not always possible, add ear plugs and a sleeping mask to help you achieve this.
  • Keep a bedtime routine. Listening to soothing music before going to bed and going to bed around the same time every night will help you relax and settle down.

Remember, a good night’s sleep always helps to keep you healthy by giving your mind and body time to replenish. Use the tips above to help you wake up each morning feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

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