Try These Natural Remedies Instead
By Jasmine Stephenson
Getting sufficient, deep sleep every
night is an important part of good health. In fact, studies have shown that
long-term sleep deprivation
can result in loss of creative thinking, reduced ability to focus, speech
impairments, slower reaction times, and even hallucinations. When we do get our
resting time in, we are more alert, less irritable, and our brain is
functioning optimally. Physically speaking, sleep helps the immune system
perform, maintain dexterity, and improve muscle tone, an important part of
maintaining a healthy weight.
Are you having trouble getting to
sleep at night? Try one of these natural remedies
the next time you're tossing and turning in bed.
A lot of us suffer from lack of
sleep due to our hyperactive minds. When you can't shut your thoughts down, a
guided meditation soundtrack will help you relax. Many are customized for
sleeping, and act as a mild hypnotic with soft music and a soothing voice
instructing your mind and body to turn off for the night.
Working out regularly is a great way
to maintain a healthy sleep routine. Why do you think kids fall asleep so
easily after a long day running around? Jog around the block, take your dog for
a long walk, or play soccer with your kids. To utilize this method most
effectively, however, ensure that you exercise at least four hours before your
Choose Your Tea
A number of health benefits have
been attributed to chamomile, one of which is that it acts as a natural sleep
aid. As your winding down the evening, shut off all electronic stimulants, sit
in a quiet area of your home, and sip the soothing chamomile tea. Be sure to
avoid excess sugar; honey is a more suitable option if you like your tea sweet.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese
practice of placing tiny needles in the top layers of the skin to cure specific
maladies. When visiting an acupuncturist, ensure that you talk about the
possible cause of your sleeplessness in order to receive the most tailored
treatment possible. Many patients report increased sleep after a few sessions.
Journaling or free-association
writing is a great way to clear out those bothersome thoughts before bedtime.
Are you anxious about a deadline? Feel stressed out about a work situation?
Maybe you and your spouse got in an argument. A journal provides you with an
avenue to express your most personal thoughts, emotions, and feelings. Putting
it on paper will help you feel better and more relaxed, thus able to enjoy a
good night's sleep.
Unwind in a Warm Bath
Taking a warm bath is an excellent
way to encourage sleepiness. Light candles, play soft music, and add a few
relaxing herbs such as lavender to the water. When your mind starts to get
worked up in the never-ending stream of thoughts, focus on how soothing the
warm water is, how lovely the herbs smell, or just close your eyes and feel the
Jasmine Stephenson is a
freelance writer and long-term traveler currently based in Colombia. She is
also a guest blogger for An Apple a Day and a writer on ultrasound technician schools for the
Guide to Health Education.