One sheep, two sheep, three sheep… Oh I’m sorry, I was just trying to fall asleep! But seriously, millions of people in the world are suffering from some type of sleeping disorder. What’s keeping you awake? Whatever it may be, there are positive lifestyle changes that you can make tonight, that will help you get the sleep you need.
Many of us are stressed out by our demanding jobs and family lives. We’re chronically under-rested and bogged down with responsibilities. Our diets consist of unhealthy processed foods. Busy schedules don’t allow for much exercise. Going back just a few generations shows us just how different our current lifestyles are from those of our ancestors.
The technological progress that we’ve created, can wreck havoc on our health. Just a few generations ago, our life and work was in more harmony with nature. Most of our labor was physical. The food we consumed was organic. The electromagnetic devices that are so prevalent today, were non existent. All of this created a much healthier lifestyle.
So let’s learn how to get a good night’s sleep, by practicing healthy, natural habits.
By rest, I don’t necessarily mean to do nothing. I’m referring to the activities away from your normal work. Something you consider enjoyable, something creative or relaxing. Likewise you can simply take a bath, listen to some music or catch up on reading your favorite blog.
One of the most important things to consider is to give yourself a break between intense activity and sleep. A buffer of just an hour will give you the time to unwind and regroup. You will get your mind off of work and will be sufficiently relaxed when you’re ready for bed.
You will agree, the number one distraction keeping you awake are your own thoughts. You know how difficult it is to “stop thinking”. Meditation has been scientifically proven to improve sleep. It’s an ideal way to train your mind to remain in the moment. No more tossing and turning, dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.
By practicing meditation you learn to control your thoughts through breathing and concentration techniques. Your mind will become more focused and relaxed. Even short daily meditation routine can greatly enhance your quality of sleep.
Obviously, strenuous activity right before going to sleep should be avoided. However, regular physical activity earlier in the day such as weight training, yoga, jogging or walking will have a significant soothing effect on your whole body. If you are new to exercise, start off slow and gradually build up. Experiment to find the activity most pleasant for you.
4. Eat Healthy
You may not be able to eat organic foods exclusively. But your diet plays a big role in your overall health and well being. I recommended quality over quantity. Try to eliminate processed foods and “all you can eat” buffets! Consume healthier foods in smaller dosages five to six times per day.
Avoid going to bed on a full stomach. Your digestion should not be strained at anytime, but especially right before sleep. Stay away from caffeine or energy drinks late in the day. They may help you to stay up during work, but can inadvertently affect your nervous system all the way through the night.
5. Try Supplements
If you’re already practicing the tips outlined above but still having trouble sleeping, you may consider trying a high quality natural sleeping supplement. The greatest difference these supplements have from their synthetic prescription cousins is that they are not addictive. There is always a danger of becoming physically or psychologically depended on sleeping meds.
On the other hand good herbal supplements are made out of botanic ingredients that work in harmony with your body. They provide a calming effect, without potential side effects. As with everything else, quality is important when choosing your supplements. Go with an established brand with good reviews and a long track record.
You don’t have to be surrounded by nature to get a good night’s rest every night. By recreating a natural, healthy lifestyle, you are helping yourself to fall asleep faster and experience a deeper, more satisfying rest. Nothing can replace a good night’s sleep, it’s a foundation for the whole day. So what are you waiting for? Good night!
Live well. Vlad