We are all made up of different strands of DNA. Some of us sleep like babies, some have insomnia and some fall on many levels of the spectrum in between. With media and social media pressing stories all over the place, we are introduced to horror stories of the pharmaceutical and biotech companies shelving the stores with toxic and addictive products.
One source we can always turn to is nature. Nature supplies life with a bounty of aids and solutions for many ailments. If you have a few restless nights or have trouble sleeping, these natural remedies will aid you sleep soothingly.
Lavender is one of the most soothing and therapeutic flowers on the market. You can buy a bouquet of dried up lavender or get some lavender essential oil. If you have some dried lavender at home, rub the buds in between your fingers to extract the powerful and sought after scent of this soothing botanical. Go ahead rub the buds and work it into the skin where you would like it to be.
If you have essential oil, you can use a small spray bottle, add some distilled water and a few drops of lavender essential oil and spray on your pillows or anywhere your heart desires.
You can also add some drops to your bath to take a soothing and aromatic bath. It has been shown that lavender slows down breaths and calms the nerves and body.
Chamomile tea is a miracle worker when it comes to relaxation. Sipping on some chamomile tea is the ultimate in relaxation. The chamomile flower has many benefits including promoting rest and relaxation. It’s not just the chamomile however, though it’s the star of the show, sipping on a warm cup of steaming tea is also soothing in of itself.
Let’s face it, many of us are so busy that we forget to take time to stretch. Even the most fit forget to stretch. Whether you work out or not, stretching is essential in balancing body and muscle fluids.
Before going to bed, lay down on your back with a towel or a yoga block under your hips. Raise your legs straight up the the ceiling, creating your body into a “L” shape. This move circulates blood flow to your upper body and helps rest your mind.
However, any form of relaxing and slow stretching is a good way to say goodnight to your body and the long day.
Natural Sleep Aids
Sometimes nothing seems to help in falling asleep, if this is the case, there are natural sleep aids on the market that help you go to dreamland. Be sure that they are non habit forming and are derived from as many natural compounds as possible.
Sleep aid supplements are especially good during major events in life. Sleep is essential no matter what you do. Getting a good night rest helps you perform better in anything and everything that you do.
Sometimes we all just have so much going on in our minds that we keep thinking our way through a sleepless night. Sometimes if you’re mind keeps going, it’s good to stop thinking about the reality and go into fantasy mode. Use your imagination, for example if you had 3 wishes, what would they be? Or what would you do with a billion dollars? This type of thinking gets you ready to go into dreamland and also gets your mind off of the endless realism that will be waiting when the sunrises.
Before getting a prescription, try and solve the problem naturally. It will be a learning experience and is well worth the journey in what works well for you, the natural way.
Phil Slater is a blogger and fitness expert who writes about all things health and fitness. Over the years, Phil has helped many of his personal training clients live happier and healthier lives by helping them achieve their fitness goals.