Written by Bernie Fitzpatrick @ The health Shelf
Are you tossing and turning all night? Unable to get to sleep?
It can be very frustrating for you and causes millions of people anxiety every night. But before you reach for sleeping tablets, you might like to try a more natural solution. I explore a few popular therapies and natural treatments that may help you nod off to sleep more easily.
The Importance of Sleep
We all need to get a good night’s sleep as it is vital for the prevention of your body aging prematurely. Yet sleep disorders are affecting more than 60% of us. Neglecting to get enough shut-eye can lead to many health problems, including chronic conditions, disease and mental disorders.
When you sleep, your body has a chance to rest and repair. Sleep improves brain function, heals bodily tissues and blood vessels, improves learning and may even reduce your risk of obesity.
Eating for Sleep
Perhaps the best tip for aiding sleep is to steer clear of caffeine and sugar. Both can delay the onset of rest and cause restlessness. Fatty foods are also a no-no if you want to enjoy a long and restful sleep.
A nutritious diet, packed with plenty of iron, ensures your body functions properly and can rest with ease.
A high-protein diet, with plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains will keep your blood sugar levels steady and prevent any energy spikes. Foods high in healthy fats, such as salmon, seeds and nuts also promote positive brain function to help you sleep.
As a naturopath( can word naturopath have a link to the nutrition consult) I can advise you on good eating to improve your sleep.
If stress is disrupting your sleep, several herbal remedies may be helpful. I recommend your try:
- Chamomile:this natural relaxant may help you unwind during the day and relieve anxiety associated with insomnia.
- Hops: while it’s also used to flavour beer, hops can help treat mild cases of anxiety and insomnia.
- Magnolia – My all time favorite herb for sleeping as it is calming, relaxing and lifts a somber mood.
- Lemon Balm –Calms your mind and supports restful sleep.
All these herbs can be found here in one tonic ready to help your have a great night sleep ( link to sleep herbal remedy)
Best Homeopathic Sleep Remedy Remedy
- Melatonin: This natural hormone controls our sleep, by regulating your body’s biological circadian clock.
Older people may need to take melatonin supplements to replace lost hormones. It also works extremely well for all stressed people.
Melatonin is easy to take as it is simply a matter of chewing the little tablets just before your bedtime.
Enjoy a good nights sleep by going here (link to melatonin product)
Stretch for Sleep
If you’re finding it hard to unwind yoga and meditation are great options to try and have helped hundreds of my clients.It helps you t( mind and body ) to tune out and prepare your body for sleep.
Avoid powerful yoga styles, as these may energise you. Instead, choose gentle stretches and asanas that allow your body to relax. Follow this with 10 to 15 minutes of meditation, in which you clear your mind and focus on your breathing. You may find this helps calm a racing mind and prepare you for a long, restless sleep.
Tossing and turning all night, and being unable to get to sleep, can be frustrating. But before you reach for sleeping tablets, you might like to try a more natural solution. In this article, we explore a few popular therapies and natural treatments that may help you nod off more easily.