Having trouble falling asleep is a very common problem that the majority of my clients tell me about when we start to work together. They can’t seem to switch off when they get into bed and worse of all, they just don’t feel tired!
Why is sleep so important?
Sleep is essential for our physical and mental health and wellbeing. When we sleep our body is detoxing and regenerating as well as healing and repairing our blood vessels and organs.
A lack of sleep is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression and obesity.
How can I get better sleep?
Taking an Epsom Salt bath relaxes your muscles and your mind. Epsom Salts are high in Magnesium and Sulfate. Magnesium is crucial to the human body’s functioning and Sulfate assists with flushing out toxins and cleansing the liver. Epsom Salts reduces stress, removes heavy metals, reduces water retention and decreases inflammation of the joints.
Meditation & Deep Breathing
When you get into bed, take a few deep breaths and focus on what you are grateful for in your life. Focusing on the positive aspects of your life can help calm your mind and reduce stress build up as well as moving you into a more relaxed state of being. Guided meditations and listening to beta waves can also help get you into a more relaxed state and will assist with falling asleep.
Relax With Your Legs up The Wall
This posture is restorative and helps to relax the body and the mind. My partner and I do this for 20 minutes every night before bed and we have noticed how much more relaxed we feel once we get into bed. Laying with your back flat on the floor, place your legs straight up against a wall so you are in a 90-degree angle. Keep your lower back pressing into the floor. Stay there for 5-20 minutes before you go to bed. Close your eyes and breathe, noticing how your body feels. Deep breathing in this pose will elevate the benefits and make you feel calm, content and relaxed.
Drink Chamomile Tea
We hear so much about how drinking chamomile tea can help you fall asleep, but why? Chamomile tea includes a flavonoid called 'apigenen', which binds to the receptors in our cells which help us relax. It has been proven that chamomile; whether in tea, tincture or essential oil form, is one of the best medicinal herbs for fighting stress and promoting relaxation. Drinking a cup of chamomile tea can relax your body and mind so assists with falling asleep so is great to drink before heading to bed.
Purchase some blue light glasses
As we spend so many hours a day sat in front of our computers, when we get home our bodies don’t actually know that it is night time and time for us to be winding down. Wearing blue light glasses during the day blocks out the blue light coming from our computers and phones which makes our bodies think it is day time, all the time. These glasses have been known to assist with fatigue, headaches, insomnia and helps your body relax when you leave work.
Essential oils have been used for centuries for just about anything, including helping with falling asleep. A combination of lavender oil, bergamot oil along with sandalwood, frankincense and mandarin, was created and used as a sleep-inducing blend.
Using essential oils in your routine before you go to bed is therefore a great and natural way to encourage your body to relax and calm your mind before you head to bed.
Ways I like to use Essential Oils includes diluting the essential oil with coconut oil and using a spray to spritz your room and pillow before bed or using a diffuser to fill your room and energetically relax the entire space you are in.
Try some of these tips as you wind down on an evening before you head to bed and see if you notice a difference in your sleep and how quickly you fall asleep.