Ever suffered from insomnia? Then you know how frustrating it is to toss and turn all night. It doesn’t matter how tired your body is, your mind can taunt you by staying active - making sweet dreams impossible.
Our society is often too quick to seek strong sleeping pills that come with many dangerous side-effects. Apart from that, sleeping pills can leave you feeling groggy the next day and eventually might even stop working altogether. Then you are straight back to where you started.
So forget counting sheep, these natural remedies should have you feeling relaxed and well on your way to la la land.
Dim the Lights
Turn the lights down every night about 30 minutes before bed. Your brain will start to associate the dimmed light with relaxation and sleep. Soft lighting helps to calm you and put your body in a relaxed state, whilst bright lights generally make us more alert.
Do Something Relaxing Before Bed
This involves anything that makes you feel relaxed. Get into that book you’ve had on your bedside table for months. Even if you’re not a book lover, a magazine will do. Reading focuses your mind on something other than the stresses of the day and has been proven to send our brains into a relaxed state.
Dr. Oz and Dr. Breus suggest yoga before bed to put both the mind and body in a relaxed state.
Milk and Chamomile Tea for Sleep
Whilst reading your favorite book or magazine, make sure to sip on some Chamomile tea. Chamomile is naturally caffeine-free so it won’t keep you up. Chamomile works as a mild tranquilizer, but with no nasty side-effects. Add some honey or Stevia to sweeten it naturally.
Lavender on your Pillow
Centuries ago, people filled their pillowcases with lavender flowers to help them fall asleep. Scientific evidence shows that lavender may actually slow the activity of the nervous system, help with insomnia, promote relaxation and lift your mood.
You add a few drops of lavender oil to a hot bath to calm your nerves or sip on hot tea made from lavender flowers. Lavender smells delicious, so put some lavender flowers in vases around the house. Your home will smell good, and you'll feel super-chill.
Turn off your Phone!
Yes, it can be hard to tear yourself away from Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and all the other social sites you belong to, but looking at your phone right before bed can keep you awake. Studies have shown that looking at a blue screen before bed can disrupt your sleep patterns and keep you up. So try and turn off your phone and get your beauty sleep.