In today’s busy society sleep is often forgotten. That is until we are exhausted but can’t fall asleep easier because our bodies have become so adjusted to the go-go-go way of life. The fact of the matter is that we tend to want to do it all. We go to work or school, sometimes both, and then we stay up all night to have fun, study, or play on our phones and watch television.
When we do finally try to sleep, our brains are too wired to shut off. There are many products on the market to help with this problem. You can get a prescription from your doctor for some kind of habit-forming prescription drug to knock you out. You could get something over the counter that will leave you drowsy and foggy in the morning. Some people don’t try anything and live life exhausted.
Then, there are the natural and healthy ways to fall asleep that many people may not think of. We will look at five of them today.
- CBD OIL: CBD oil has been used for many different reasons, and more uses are being found each day. Researchers suggest that it may help support people in both falling asleep and staying asleep. Users wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day instead of groggy and tired like they do with OTC and prescription medications.
- ESSENTIAL OILS: Essential oils have been in use for thousands of years in many different cultures. It is said that a mix of lavender and cedarwood or vetiver can help promote falling asleep quickly and having a restful night’s sleep.
- TEA: There are many herbal tea mixes you can buy pre-prepared for you at any grocery store or health food store. They often include valerian and chamomile. They have names like sleepytime or bedtime. You can also make your own mixture from loose herbs. Valerian, chamomile, peppermint, and lavender are all good additions to any tea to help you sleep.
- MEDITATION: Meditation clears the mind and allows you to relax deeply. Many people who consistently meditate before bed report that they fall asleep quickly and don’t struggle with the “racing mind” reported by many people who struggle to sleep. It is also good for blood pressure and can promote a reduction in anxiety and depression.
- EXERCISE: Reports have shown that daily exercise earlier in the day can result in much better sleep at night. Take a job or do some strength training after lunch every day, and you may be able to fall asleep twice as fast and sleep better overall.
Sleep is important. It helps with your memory processing and overall cognitive function. Not sleeping enough can also lead to weight gain. Getting good sleep has been linked to a decrease in anxiety, depression, and diabetes. It is as important as eating and staying hydrated. If you aren’t sleeping well, contact your doctor. In the meantime, try some of these natural and healthy ways to fall asleep easier.