So many people struggle to get to sleep, struggle to wake up (on account of not getting enough sleep), and struggle to stay asleep. It’s a terrible problem to have as sleep is vital to feeling energized and alert. Not having a healthy sleeping “habit” can negatively affect both our physical and mental health. It is really interesting to think what the world would be like if people got the sleep that they should. We would be happier, healthier, less stressed people. Lack of sleep can even affect the way your body breaks down food, and can be a factor in weight gain. It is imperative that we all take the necessary steps to ensure that we are getting the sleep we need. Here are some ways that you might find help you get to sleep, and sleep better at night.

  1. Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture for Sleep Aid: It’s not a coincidence that Chinese herbs and acupuncture are on our list of helpful sleeping tricks. These two options alone or together can make a real difference in your sleep quality. It’s important that you seek professional treatment from a licensed acupuncturist.
  2. Avoid Caffeine: This tip for some people will be effective if you just avoid it in the later hours of the day. For others it might be the case that you shouldn’t drink caffeine at all.
  3. Read a Peaceful Book
  4. Turn everything Off: Although it may seem easier to fall asleep to the radio or the TV is really isn’t the best way to do it. When you go to sleep you will end up not sleeping as well as you should. You need to have everything off as to let your thoughts settle.
  5. Don’t Drink, Or Drink Very Little
  6. No Sweets
  7. Best Lighting for You: Most recommend no lighting but for some a little light does help. It sets a more “calm” mood. Figure out what works best for you.
  8. Get a Bed That Works Best for You
  9. Smell Your Way to Sleep: Calming scents such as lavender help to relax you.
  10. Sound Machines are Dream Machines: get a sound machine that makes calming noises like waterfalls, ocean waves or bird chirping. You can even get a little fountain that sites on your nightstand.
  11. Be Mindful About What You Watch: What you watch before you go to bed will feed your thoughts when trying to relax and fall asleep. Keep it light. Avoid the news and things that might make you stress.
  12. Don’t Smoke
  13. Regular Exercise: Exercise helps your body to become routine and stabilized. Sleep is more effective this way.
  14. Drink Non Caffeinated Herbal Tea
  15. Eat a Small Dinner
  16. Avoid Long Naps: It is best to get a full nights rest and not need a nap, but if you do nap make them short (like 30 minutes or less).
  17. Pray: Praying can help you to let go of the things you would otherwise worry and fret over before you go to bed. Letting go will allow you to come to a place of rest.
  18. Keep it Regular: Try to go to bed at regular times and wake up at regular times. This way your body has a chance to “get in the grove”.
  19. Get Sun: Melatonin is a hormone in your body that helps to control sleep patterns. It is secreted when you are supposed to be tired. Light slows the secretion of melatonin (sunlight) so that when you are outside you are more “awake” then when you are indoors. Make sure to get some sun before after and during work hours to keep you refreshed.
  20. Visualize a Peaceful Place
  21. Deep Breathing Techniques
  22. Don’t Go To Bed Angry: Be sure that when you go to bed that you are doing it with a settled clear head. What you go to bed thinking about will affect how you sleep and what you dream about.

 

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