Everyone dreams of getting a great night’s sleep every night. But the reality is most of us spend the night tossing, turning, and fretting about how late it is.
There are so many distractions keeping our minds racing as we lie staring into the dark. So many reasons to stay up late instead of going to bed. Well help is at hand.
Here are 3 super easy tips to help you get a better sleep tonight.
1. Have a mug of herbal tea
Herbal tea’s are a great way to unwind after a long day. The sweet aromatics tease the taste buds and the warmth of the mug in your hands is guaranteed to relax you.
But the real magic comes from the ingredient Valerian root.Valerian root is a natural sleep remedy that promotes drowsiness. It is as effective as sleeping medicine without the nasty side-effects.
I was also skeptical at first but now I’m a complete convert, it’s why I rave about herbal teas on my own blog!Now I sit down with a steaming cup of herbal tea every night before bed, and let my eyelids gradually get heavier before heading through to bed
So stop on your way home from work and pick up some herbal tea today, but be sure to ask for one containing Valerian root!
2. Get Some Magnesium Supplements
The second wonder tip comes from the power of magnesium. Magnesium deficiencies are very common in modern diets as magnesium is mainly found in leafy greens and seafood.
This is a great shame because magnesium is responsible for the smooth running of over 300 different reactions in the body!
It is responsible for helping your body tell your brain it’s time to go to sleep and helps produce melatonin, the sleep hormone.
Luckily you can pick up magnesium supplements and take one an hour before bed and you’ll find yourself drifting off to sleep in no time.
3. Put Down Your Phone And Pick Up A Book
Phones are bad for sleep. There’s no two ways about it, it’s been said a hundred times but still people sit scrolling through facebook before trying to go to sleep. They then can’t sleep and open their phone’s back up!
Well it’s time to stop. The light from your phone tricks your brain into believing that the sun is still up. This means your brain continues to produce hormones like cortisol that keep you awake.
Subsequently after you turn your phone off your brain is still in full awake mode and it becomes much harder to fall asleep.
That’s why reading is the answer. Reading a real book in bed avoids direct unnatural light so your body clock has time to adjust to night time before you fall asleep.
Reading also tires out your eyes making them feel heavier and making it easier to fall asleep. As a bonus you’re definitely going to get a lot more out of reading a book than scrolling through Facebook again!
|This article was written by Kieran MacRae who is a lover of sleep, early mornings and reading. Connect with him at his blog The Dozy Owl.|
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