Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Do you count sheep at night ???

One thing that is really frustrating is being so tired yet you lay down to bed and can't fall asleep. Somehow all the things your thinking about are just in full blast racing through your mind. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for optimum health, recovery from exercise, brain function and even improving the immune system. There are so many people that are suffering from sleep issues that it is affecting daily functioning.
Not being able to sleep can be caused for a number of reasons but there are a few things that you can do to make sleeping more of a priority to wind down instead of keeping your body and mind on the go. The following are some remedies that you can do to increase your sleep and decrease your stress.
-Cut back on caffeine early. Caffeine is a stimulant that can disrupt your body and natural rhythm of your sleep cycle. Foods that have caffeine are not just coffee related but also think of chocolate and soft drinks which also spike your insulin levels causing you to have energy then a big crash. Try to avoid caffeine products after 3 pm.
-Turn off your computer, TV, phone and anything that has a blue light at least 1 hour before bed. The blue lights it radiates can interfere with your natural sleep hormones. Try to use this time for meditation or reading.
-Get moving. It helps you reduce anxiety and stress which can help you to fall asleep faster.
-Take a bath using epsom salts and natural oils like lavender to promote sleep. Epsom salt has magnesium in it to help promote sleep.
Sleep is important and if you are not getting enough of it you should try out all natural remedies first. You can supplement with 5-HTP, melatonin, and magnesium. Your body and mind will thank you !

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