10 May 12 Suggestions to Aid Better Sleep
It has never surprised me that sleep deprivation has been used as a torture over the years. It is practically impossible to function at full capacity when you are not getting enough. Judgments go askew, reactions slow down and emotions are heightened.
I have heard from a few people recently that they are struggling to sleep. It is not at all surprising, especially at the moment with so much uncertainty, but lack of sleep will only serve to increase anxiety.
I have definitely had my fair share of sleepless nights over the years and more recently so I thought I would share with you some of my natural sleep aids.
Epsom salt and lavender essential oil bath
Epsom salts are loaded with magnesium, which is known to relax and sooth muscles. Lavender is also known to aid relaxation, so together they make a formidable team.
Eating dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa,) or drinking a good quality hot chocolate made with almond or coconut milk is perfect to induce sleep. Cocoa is also loaded with magnesium, which is why it has always been recommended as a good nighttime drink.
Lavender cream or oils
I use a lavender cream or oil each night on my neck and hands whether I have had a bath or not as it helps soothe any anxieties and aids restful sleep.
One hour gadget free time
Stop all computer and electronic gadget use well over an hour before bed as they can greatly stimulate the mind, which can stop you getting to sleep but can also affect sleep throughout the night.
If you are anxious, a few drop of Bach Flower Rescue Remedy popped under the tongue just before sleep can really help calm you down so you drop off into a peaceful sleep.
Focus on breathing slowly and deeply in and out through the nose. As thoughts crop up, recognize them and then gently put them to one side and go back to focusing on the breath. It is natural to have a wandering mind, just keep bringing it back to the breath.
Writing, or even just thinking about all the things you are grateful for, just before hopping into bed, is a great anxiety antidote. Gratitude and Prozac have been tested head to head and gratitude came out on top. Never underestimate that feeling of being thankful, even during these uncertain times.
There are many guided meditations online, some specifically for sleep, others just for relaxation. Find one or two that suit you and listen before bedtime.
There are also literally hundreds of ‘hypnotherapy for better sleep’ downloads on the net, free and paid for. I use Marissa Peer, Gabrielle Bernstein, Thomas Hall, Deepak Chopra and Abraham Hicks; they work a treat, even in the middle of the night.
Avoid caffeine, alcohol too close to bedtime
These both act as stimulants so should be avoided if you want a restful night. A good restful herbal tea would be so much better, like lavender, cammomile or any of the sleep mixes available.
If you are really struggling take Valerian supplements, a natural sleep aid with no side effects or withdrawal symptoms.
Stainless steel teaspoon remedy
My last and most unusual suggestion comes from Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine, whereby she suggests taking a stainless steel spoon and running the back of it along the bottom of your foot from toes to heel, a few times each side. It is believed to soothe the electromagnetic field and aid relaxation. It really works.
I hope this helps you sleep well and feel more rested. We are always better after a good nights sleep.
‘A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything’ Irish Proverb