Did you know us humans sleep for the equivalent of 25 years during our lives – a crazy amount of time if you think of it. Despite sleeping so much, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has found that more than a third of U.S. adults are not sleeping enough. In fact they sleep fewer than six hours a night. The reality of not sleeping the recommended 8 hours a night can have long-term negative health effects such as impaired brain activity, depression, weakened immune system, heart disease, and more.
Thankfully there are natural ways to have a better night’s sleep without ingesting wild concoctions of prescription medication. It comes down to changing habits and living a healthier and more natural lifestyle that will result in a better sleep for everyone. Here’s how.
Go Out and Get Fit
The Department of Neurobiology and Physiology, as part of Northwestern University, has reported that adults who lived sedentary lives, and who later did at least four sessions a week of aerobic exercise, found that their sleep quality improved. The findings report that participants of the study expressed feeling less depressed and more wakeful during the day.
Essential Oils for Sleep
As a natural aid, essential oils can reduce the hangover accompanied by sleeping pills and make you feel alive and fresh upon waking. Essential oils are effective as they possess relaxing and/or sedative properties that can be used as is, or combined with others for a soothing harmonic blend. The following are the most popular and effective essential oils for calming the body and inducing a deep sleep that even Sleeping Beauty would be jealous of:
To begin using essential oils for sleep, here is a very simple recipe:
· Add 3 drops of lavender (or your choice of essential oil)
· Add 3 tablespoons of jojoba carrier oil
· Then mix together before using a diffuser to enjoy the pleasing aroma
Finding the right essential oil combination for you takes a bit of time so we recommend you stick with one essential oil before mixing and matching for the ultimate sleeping cure.
Cut Out Caffeine
Does it need to be said that if you are looking for a surefire method for better sleep, simply cut out caffeine? Products with caffeine – coffee, tea, soft drinks, and energy drinks – keep you up and keep you going. The stimulating effects of caffeine actually adjust your body’s biological clock so you won’t feel tired at the times you naturally would. Cut it out NOW, drink water instead, and enjoy a better sleep.
Say No to Smokes
Like caffeine, cigarettes – namely the nicotine in them – have a stimulant-like effect. Because smokers are not able to smoke when asleep, their bodies withdraw causing them to have a shallower and more easily disturbed sleep. It will come as no surprise to find that smokers routinely express feeling less refreshed after sleep compared to their non-smoking counterparts.
Sleep In a Comfortable Environment
Whether it’s setting the room temperature around a moderate 65 degrees Fahrenheit, sleeping in the darkest room possible (as lights from electronics disturb melatonin production – the hormone that responsible for regulated sleep cycles), or being away from noises that disturb you, the importance of a comfortable environment cannot be overstated.
Make Sleeping a Routine
Some of us like to go out for a bit of weekend fun, while others want to sleep in. Bad news everyone as these things only serve to disrupt your body’s biological clock and cause you sleep problems. Make a sleep routine and aim to go to bed and wake up at similar times each day.
No Beer Before Bed
If you’ve ever gone out for a night of drinking and found it easy to sleep but that your sleep wasn’t long enough, it is because of the alcohol consumed the night before. When we sleep our brains slow down which helps the body and mind repair itself and makes us feel refreshed in the morning. However alcohol disrupts this process causing us to not get a healthy night’s sleep.
Eat Right and Eat Natural
It’s not just a matter of having a plant and nutrient rich diet, you need to make dinner the lightest meal of your day and finish it a few hours before hitting the hay. For those that suffer heartburn or indigestion, it’s best to avoid heavy food and spicy foods in order to have an undisturbed sleep.
Do The Impossible and Switch Off Electronics
In a world where we are surrounded by technology – from smartphones and tablets, to televisions and computers – it can be hard to just switch off and unwind. For a better night’s sleep you are going to need to get used to hitting that off button as the light from these devices stimulates our brains and keeps us awake. Turn off at least an hour before sleep, read a book or talk to a loved one and you’ll be ready for a peaceful sleep.
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