A good night’s sleep does seem to be a rarity for some people. Perhaps you have trouble sleeping, getting to sleep or with frequent waking?
Good, sound sleep is vital to our well being. Without our regular dose of good quality sleep we struggle to manage our days, our energy suffers, our immune system suffers, which all inevitably lead to illness, including inflammation and pain. Anywhere that is our weak point.
It’s really common in today’s frantic world, to skimp on good quality, drug free sleep. But we do so at our peril. Sleep is vital to our health. The more we skimp on this, the further down the slippery slope we will descend.
Here are 9 ways to ensure a good night’s sleep:
- If you rely on coffer or caffeine to get you through the day, or if you are sensitive to coffee, then it makes sense to stop this around midday, so you have plenty of time to expel any residue.
- Exercise helps make you tired. Open air exercise is better for you, but any sort that gets your heart going is good.
- The big one is to have your bedroom a technology free zone. That’s no mobile/cell phone, no television, radio, computer or tablet. And turn your wifi off at night. Not only are these devices detrimental to your sleep, they are considered to cause brain tumours. A clock radio set to gentle music is perhaps one of the nicest ways to way up, apart from natural waking.
- A routine of going to bed at a similar time is helpful to set your internal sleep clock. And winding down at least half an hour before gets you in the mood for sleep.
- Don’t drink before bedtime. That is alcohol or otherwise. REM sleep is disturbed by alcohol. And you don’t want your bladder to disturb your sleep.
- Having a warm shower or bath at bedtime helps you wind down from a stressful day. Adding the essential oil lavender is an added bonus.
- Sleep in a cool room. Hot summer temperatures can make sleep difficult.
- This is a bit of a rabbit hole, but hang in there:
- Melatonin is the hormone responsible for your sleep-wake cycle. Your body produces it as it becomes dark. We all have it.
- Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for our melatonin levels.
- Niacin, (a vitamin B), plays a vital role in creating serotonin.
- The body turns tryptophan into niacin.
- Tryptophan is naturally found in lots of food – both animal protein and fruit and vegetables.
- This is where the fun begins! The tryptophan found in animal proteins is not utilised by our bodies well. Whereas the tryptophan found in the natural carbohydrates – the fruit and veggies – is easily utilised by the body.
- So your diet makes a difference to your sleep. Instead of animal protein in the evening, eat a meal high in natural carbohydrates. So much better than buying a bottle of melatonin, of dubious quality.
9. Homeopathy holds the key to restoring your health at every level. Naturally, easily, effectively, without drama. It supports a healthy immune system. It frees you from additions, from old harmful habits that have no use in your present life. It resolves past traumas. It draws a line under inherited predispositions. It supports a healthy life style in every aspect.
Find a professional homeopath to support your good night’s sleep as well as your natural well being.