Sleep is undoubtedly very important for a healthy and peaceful life. The question however is how many of us get a peaceful sleep? We have heard about the phrase- ‘sleep like a baby’, but how many of us are actually able to do that? In this busy and stressful life, peaceful sleep is the last thing that one can imagine. This is the reason for so many of us to rely on medications and various other techniques to induce sleep.
The fact of the matter is that getting peaceful sleep is actually in our hands; slight modification in your lifestyle is all that is required. As per studies an adult needs to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. So what are the things we can do in our daily life in order to induce sleep naturally? Read on to know more about it.
Natural ways to induce sleep:
Essential oil: Aromatherapy has proved its mettle not only in terms of beauty but also health. The essential oil such as lavender oil is a great way to induce sleep. Make a lavender essential oil pillow/ body mist. You have to simply spray lavender oil on your pillow before you go to sleep. The room will naturally induce the sleep.
Herbal Tea: Try a herbal tea remedy for natural sleep. Chamomile tea is known as the ‘night-time’ tea for it is one of the best known sleep remedies and is used for years to help with sleep disorders and anxiety. If you’ve been having sleepless or restless nights, brew a cup chamomile tea at bedtime to sleep soundly through the night. Also, a warm liquid before bed can make you sleepy by raising body heat. Other herbal teas for sleep >>
Practice Yoga or meditation: Gentle yoga or meditation can calm down the nervous system and thus get you peaceful sleep. So practice meditation or gentle yoga or stretching exercises. Make sure you do not do any vigorous yoga and while meditation just calm down and relax for 10 minutes and focus on nothing else but breathing.
Say No to alcohol and limit your caffeine intake: If you think alcohol puts you to sleep, well yes, But only if you are ready to get up sometime in the middle of the night with a terrible headache. Besides in a long run you are most likely to face a rebound effect of alcohol wherein you will face difficulty in falling back to sleep. Caffeine stimulates the brain, so it is wise to limit your caffeine intake. Do not consume caffeine starting from noon.
Warm shower: A warm shower at bedtime will also induce good sleep. This relaxes your mind as well as body and allows you to sleep well. You can also try relaxing bath or foot soak by adding 2 cups of Epsom salt in warm water along with few drops of lavender oil and soak in it for 15 minutes before going to sleep.
Do not change your schedule: Try to stick to a normal schedule daily, be it sleeping, eating or your regular chores. This naturally schedules your body clock and helps in inducing sleep at a regular time daily. If you do things randomly then your body’s natural cycle will get disturbed and your sleep will get affected.
Getting good sleep is absolutely important for everyone otherwise you will face a lot of physical, mental and emotional issues. Therefore take the right steps and get control of things before it is too late.