Wednesday, January 27

Five Ways Of Sleeping Better

I now have trouble sleeping because of my left arm pains. This upsets my natural sleep cycle. I have been waking up later than usual lately. Time for some natural intervention. Here are five good tips for the best sleep aids with only natural ingredients:

1. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is one of the preferred herbs for naturally inducing sleep. The herb promotes calm and restfulness and may also be used to treat an upset stomach. It is gentle and safe enough to drink every day.

2. Lavender

Lavender is another herb that can be infused into a calming tea. However, it should be in small doses because too much of it can cause allergy or increased light sensitivity. The herb can also be used to treat insect bites, headaches and skin burns.

Place a sprig of lavender in your pillow case to help calm you through aromatherapy. Lighting up lavender-scented candles is another way.

3. Lemon Balm

Just like chamomile and lavender, the plant called lemon balm also helps in relaxing and calming one's system. This calming effect helps in inducing sleep. Hot tea infused with lemon helps before bedtime. Lighting up lemon-scented candles and filling the place with lemon, lavender or chamomile scented packets is a good idea.

4. Dim Lights

Our bodies respond to light and darkness. We feel drowsy when we are in a dim or dark room, and we feel more awake when we are in a brightly lighted place. To help you sleep well, you should lie down in a dark room. A soft night light is alright for those who do not like the totally dark.

5. Soothing Music and Sounds

Our minds respond to rhythmic sounds, especially the sound of waves, of a heart beating, or of white noise. Our minds also relax when we listen to soothing music, like bossa nova, jazz or any soft, slow song.

Needless to say, falling asleep is affected by how our senses react to stimuli. Lying in a dimly lit room, snug on a warm bed in a slightly cool environment, with the scents of lavender, chamomile and lemon filling the air, is a perfect place to sleep in. Drinking hot tea, hot milk or hot chocolate before bedtime helps the body to relax. Listening to soothing sounds relaxes not only the body, but also the mind. All these help in inducing sleepiness.

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