Published on April 20th, 2009 | by Rachel Venokur-Clark2
Sleep Naturally: 12 Steps to a Restful Nights Sleep
Most of us have experienced a sleepless night, spent tossing and turning, begging sleep to come. A night or two of lost sleep, though not ideal, shouldn’t have any major affect on your health. When one sleepless night turns into several in a row, you may be facing a sleep problem. Several nights of missed sleep can affect your emotional and physical wellbeing. Insomnia can affect everything from your productivity to your relationships. If you have difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep, without a medical condition causing this, there are many natural ways to begin to alleviate this problem without prescription medication.
2) Avoid caffeine from lunchtime on.
3) Have your last meal 2-3 hours before bedtime. If your body has to work hard to digest your food when it should be sleeping, you may have a difficult time staying asleep.
1) Set a bedtime routine and try to stick with it. Get ready for bed and get into bed at the same time each night. Consistency is the key to success. Finding a routine that works for you and following it will help you reach your sleep goals.
2) Take a hot bath or shower 1-2 hours before bedtime to help your body and mind relax.
3) Do not exercise within 3 hours of wanting to go to sleep.
4) Dim the lights 1 hour before bed
5) Create a Sleep atmosphere in your bedroom. Take out all distractions like a computer, television or phone. Make your room as dark a possible to signal your body’s natural daytime/nighttime rhythms. Consider a white noise machine if sounds outside the room distract you.
1) Camomile tea sipped a ½ hour before bedtime can relieve anxiety and promote a restful sleep. Do not take for more than 2 weeks in a row or if you have Hay fever or ragweed allergies.
2) Valerian Root Pills: In order to achieve the full effects, Valerian needs to be taken consistently over a period of about a month.
3) Kava Kava Pills or Oral Spray. This is a fast acting, potent anti-anxiety medication that can promote sleep. You can take approximately 150mg, 30 minutes before sleep.
4) Melatonin Pills: 1.5mg daily taken 30-60minutes before bed. Melatonin occurs naturally in our body and helps to regulate the body’s circadian rhythm, our internal 24-hour time keeping system, that can affect our sleeping cycles.
*Always consult a physician before starting an herbal routine.
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