Sleep is one of the most important facets of our lives! It replenishes our nervous system, boosts our immunity and when we’re refreshed, fills us with energy. And yet, for those who struggle with falling sleep, or staying asleep, it can also be a source of frustration.
Here are some ideas from Paul Bragg and Patricia Bragg’s best-seller, “Bragg Healthy Lifestyle,” that may offer some relief:
- Eat your last meal of the day at least four hours before sleeping; going to bed with a full stomach interrupts both sleep and digestion
2) Sleep in darkness; light can be a major sleep-disrupter, as it signals to the brain that it’s time for action
3) Read a book before bed; turn off screens and phones
4) Keep your bedroom cool; if possible, open a window for fresh air
5) Take a hot bath, sauna or steam before bed; if bathing, use soothing essential oils such as lavender
6) Move alarm clocks and electric devices away from your bed
Herbal teas can be helpful, especially chamomille. And, herbal tinctures, especially ones that include valerian root, also relax our minds, and are not habit-forming. For those with low blood sugar, having a protein drink or smoothie an hour before bed can make all the difference in a good night’s sleep.
We’re wishing you restful slumber and sweet dreams!