Today, our Contributing Writer Kerri Zaluski shares tips for a better night’s sleep.
Most people with sleeping problems have the inability to either fall asleep or stay asleep for any length of time.
This condition affects most people at some point in their lives and struggle to get a decent nights sleep.
For some, this is because they are unable to switch off their busy minds, or because they awaken suddenly in the middle of the night and just can’t get back to sleep.
Research has also shown that sleep helps to regulate our hormones and recharge the body’s immune system which protects us from infection and disease. This is why a lack of sleep can be so devastating to our health.
Here are some things you can do to have a better night’s sleep:
Adopt a regular bedtime: The human body responds well to routine and adopting a regular routine before bed can be useful. Stick to going to bed at around the same time each night. It also helps if you rise around the same time each day as well.
Don’t take your phone to bed: Research has demonstrated that looking at your phone while trying to fall asleep can actually activate arousal neurons and disrupt melatonin. The light from electronic screens is one very negative impact of the technological age.
Listen to soothing music: Quiet music is soothing and can often help you fall asleep. You may want to try just instrumental so that you don’t find yourself focusing on the words but rather allowing the music to quiet your mind.
Take a warm bath: There is just something oh so relaxing about a warm bath. Even more relaxing is a warm bath with Epson Salts in a dimly lit room. Stress drains the body of magnesium and Epsom salts are rich in this very important mineral. When the salts are dissolved in warm water, the magnesium is absorbed through the skin and can help replenish supplies. Magnesium helps to promote rest and relaxation while improving quality of sleep and concentration.
Try yoga: Yoga is an ancient art that people have been using for thousands of years to promote relaxation, improve focus and increase flexibility. Simple stretches like arm and neck rolls can help you unwind before bed. Many easy stretches can be done right on your bed.
Kerri is also a Young Living Distributor #2871977.