Natural Sleep Remedies: Get A Good Night’s Rest Getting enough sleep is as crucial to one’s health as exercising and eating properly. Even though you might be conked out, your body is hard at work. It produces growth hormones that help to repair muscle tissue and processes the day’s information for memory storage. And you know how much better you feel when you wake up—a good night’s sleep can make all the difference in making you both more productive and fun to be around the next day. However, according to the National Sleep Foundation , nearly 60% of American adults experience some kind of sleep problem on most nights, whether it’s struggling to fall asleep or stay asleep. In these cases, people often turn to medication to help. Unfortunately, even over-the-counter sleep aids can be harmful and habit-forming. So what should you do when you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep? Try these natural sleep remedies. Yoga It doesn’t matter how flexible you are—yoga is an excellent stress reliever and a great practice to encourage a restful night. Get into your coziest pajamas, dim the lights, and pull up a restorative yoga practice on YouTube. You can even do some of them from your bed! A little bit of light stretching and deep breathing before bed can make a world of difference in how well you sleep. Melatonin Instead of reaching for Tylenol PM, try melatonin. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that your body produces when it gets dark out, letting you know that it’s time for bed. You can boost these effects by taking a small dose of melatonin in tablet form, as many people find it to be a safe yet effective sleep aid. It works best when it’s already dark, so avoid watching TV or working at your computer after you take it. In fact, using electronics in the evening is widely associated with sleeplessness, largely because it interferes with the body’s circadian rhythm and melatonin production. Lavender Lavender is not only a lovely scent, but a relaxing one as well. As you’re winding down in the evening, rub a drop or two of lavender essential oil into your palms, cup them around your face, and inhale deeply. Then rub your hands gently over your pillowcase, so you continue to smell the lavender as you fall asleep. This ritual is very calming and will leave your room smelling nice! Exercise The body craves movement, and most people who are sedentary during the day are simply not expending enough physical energy. It’s possible to feel mentally exhausted without your body actually being tired enough to fall asleep at the end of the day. Exercise—whether it’s a brisk walk, cardio class, or weight training at the gym—is a great way to prepare your body for a good night’s sleep. Progressive Muscle Relaxation When you’ve been lying awake for too long and all else fails, try progressive muscle relaxation. This technique involves mindfully tensing, and then relaxing, each and every muscle of the body. Start by lying flat on your back, with your arms at your sides. Flex your toes, and then gradually release any tension you may be holding there. Slowly work your way up through your body, one muscle at a time, until you reach your face. By focusing on this exercise, you’ll not only release physical tension from your body, but also mental stress. By incorporating these natural sleep remedies into your routine, you’ll be on your way to getting a better night’s rest. Sweet dreams! About the Author: David Quenneville FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch ! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments| Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance| Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , Pinterest , LinkedIn