One thing that will definitely help you get some sleep is lavender oil. The oil is believed to have some sedative effects that help you sleep. You can either add the oil to your evening bath, rub it under your feet before bed or have it massaged on your back before bed. Getting a back massage or foot massage is an added bonus to help your body relax and encourage your body to sleep.
Soft music can also help you fall asleep. So experiment to see which kind of music works best for you. Try jazz, classical or you can get nature sounds. Some people find that nature sounds combined with either jazz or classical music helps them sleep easier than anything else. Imagine drifting off to dreamland while listening to a jazz mix of ocean waves…
If you have ever observed babies or small children you’ll notice they love being rocked to sleep. Especially little babies, rocking them is one way to ensure they’ll fall asleep especially if they’ve just eaten. This tactic can work for adults as well because the rocking motion primes the areas of brain associated with deep sleep. Give it a shot.
Who doesn’t love a relaxing bubble bath at the end of a long day? Even if you skip the bubbles and add some essential oils [lavender maybe?] or bath salts – allowing your body to soak and relax is most likely to help you fall asleep. Your muscles will be relaxed and you can even engage in some light mediation. Just don’t sit in a hot bath too long – you don’t want to have to crawl out.
If you’re not a fan of exercise or physical activity, you’d be surprised what even a little stretching will do for you and your body. You don’t have to attend a class or download a hefty yoga app (although that could be useful), a few back stretches, head/ neck rolls, shoulder rolls and back stretches will do the trick.
Rich in melatonin, a hormone that regulates your sleep and wake cycles, cherry juice can prove to be the best supplement for a restful sleep than a glass of wine or any other alcohol. Besides, doesn’t the sound of cherry juice before bed sound like a lovely treat? Opting for a natural option like cherry juice is overall more beneficial to your health and can prove to work better than some medications.
Ever noticed how it is more difficult for you to fall asleep when you are feeling too hot or too cold? The key is to maintain a cool room temperature in summer and a warm room temperature in the winter. That way you eliminate any uncomfortable temperatures that may lead to you staying up late or struggling to sleep overall.
Sweat your way to sleep! Sometimes people struggle to sleep because their bodies are still full of energy and their sleep circle simply doesn’t kick in to save the night. If you spend the whole day doing minimal physical activity, you’re likely not to feel tired enough to sleep early if you sleep at all. So take a jog outside, do some cardio and use up some of that energy keeping you up.
Chamomile tea is probably one of the best things to drink if falling asleep proves to be a struggle. Some prefer it just as it is, others add sugar/ honey and milk. Which ever method of making and consuming it, it’s likely to knock you out as fast as Mohammed Ali was fast in the boxing ring. Some sites even recommend chamomile tea to treat insomnia.
Counting sheep to fall asleep is probably something we all learnt from watching cartoons and tried as children. This is a good way to get your mind to focus on one thing and eventually drift off into sleep. If merely counting sheep is not enough then trying counting backwards. This will demand your full attention therefore if you can’t sleep due to stress or worries, your mind stops focusing on that thus helping you to fall asleep more easily.
By Cleopatra Shava
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