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We all know that getting a good nights sleep is good for our overall health. And that sleep hygiene consists of consistently trying to get 7-9 hours a night, in a darkened cool room. We also know that eating too late and not turning off our tech close to bedtime doesn’t help. But what are other natural ways to improve your sleep cycle if none of the above helps? Read on for some helpful aids to good sleep.
Ways To Improve Your Sleep Cycle
The basic ways to help you sleep are covered in my post here.
- make the room sleep friendly – cool, dark and comfortable.
- don’t eat too late
- don’t smoke or drink alcohol or caffeine before bed
- get into regular rituals
- having a shower or bath may help
- no TV or tech before bed.
But what if none of these work? Here are some other ways you can induce your body to calm down and rest properly.
Lavender is the perfect sleep inducing scent. A lot of products on the market contain it. But one of my personal favourites is Lush Twilight range.
We are doing Yoga at the moment before bedtime and it is really helping. See more here. But part of the joy of yoga is the meditative or ujjayi (pronounced ‘oo-jye’) breathing.
By focussing on your breathing when sitting with your eyes closed or in a relaxed posture, it can really help to calm your mind before sleep.
Also, focus on alternate nostril breathing to help relax even more!
Apps such as Headspace, or listening to rain sounds or chill out music can set the mood.
Specially created for people who move around a lot, weighted blankets can be a godsend if you need to stop fidgeting whilst asleep.
They can help with anxiety, insomnia and a lot of other issues.
This one is one of my favourites
This one is not for everyone (do check with your GP and check whether you can use this if you take other medicines) but Valerian tea can help calm you before bedtime.
Or try chamomile tea, or a milk drink. I love to grind a little nutmeg into milk to help me sleep. But again check allergies.
Reiki and reflexology treatments are also a really useful adjunct to calming you for sleep. Perhaps look around for a local practitioner who can do this. Or a relaxing massage may also help!
Taking Time To Relax More
Sometimes we just need to take the time to relax more. Just sit back in your favourite chair or hammock and close your eyes. Focus on your breathing for 5 minutes.
It doesn’t have to be a full meditation, just taking the time to slow down for a few minutes.
Again – ask your GP or pharmacist before starting a new supplement regime.
Ultimately, a combination of all these should give you the perfect way to improve your sleep cycle. But do see your GP if nothing seems to be improving. If there is a health issue, that should be your first call.
Do you have any other tips on sleep? Have I missed something that really helped you? Do let me know in the comments below. Or find me on social media.
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