What price would you put on getting a good night’s sleep? According to research carried out on over 8,000 people by Oxford Economics and the National Centre for Social Research for Sainsbury’s, we’d rather have our shut-eye than a 50 percent pay rise! So, if zzzzs boost our happiness and have such a big impact on our quality of life, what can we do to ensure a healthy amount, and to sleep better, the natural way?
Here are 8 ways to get your forty winks and wake up feeling refreshed…
Sleep Better with Kiwi Fruit!
Taiwanese scientists discovered that when study participants ate two antioxidant and serotonin-rich kiwi fruit one hour before bed nightly for four weeks, their sleep quality and quantity improved. They also reported falling asleep more quickly. So, before you hit the sack, you might want to prepare yourself a kiwi fruit snack.
Pass the Himalayan Salt Lamp!
As well as giving your bedroom a slumber-inducing rosy pink glow, a Himalayan salt lamp could help to purify indoor air to help you to sleep better. It’s thought the lamps may help by generating negative ions – the refreshing ions that occur most frequently in nature, such as by waterfalls or in sea air. It’s believed that these negative ions may then help to counteract the positive ions produced by electronic devices which can cause sleep problems.
Bag Yourself a Green Tea Bath
Try adding a couple of handfuls of nature’s very own tranquilliser, Epsom salts (aka magnesium sulphate) and 5-7 green tea bags to a bath. The salts are absorbed through the skin helping to ease aches and pains and the detoxifying green tea will turn your bath a relaxing tranquil green for a perfect pre-bedtime soak.
Make Gratitude Your Attitude
Treat yourself to a gratitude journal and jot down all your blessings at bedtime. Studies have found that making nightly lists of things you are thankful for can help you sleep better at night. It’s thought that by focusing on the positive thoughts, any negative thoughts or worries melt away as you drift off to the land of nod.
Slumber with Sandalwood
Known for quietening and stilling a restless mind, sandalwood’s woody smell is a sedative which is often used when helping to relieve insomnia. Try placing a few drops of sandalwood essential oil on a tissue tucked inside your pillow when you turn in for the night. Sandalwood is also known to awaken spiritual potential, so incorporate it into a bedtime meditation or visualisation ritual to improve the quality of your zzzzs.
Drop The Cherry Bomb
Leading Sports Nutritionists regularly recommend Montmorency Cherry Capsules to their top athletes. Not only do the tart Montmorency Cherries help control your sleep cycle by producing high levels of melatonin (a hormone made by the pineal gland) but they also contain flavonoids and anthocyanins, which are known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects, aiding physical recovery.
Float Away in a Hot Air Balloon
As you get into bed, try this visualisation exercise. Imagine yourself being whisked up and away in a beautiful brightly-coloured hot air balloon. See the rooftops of the buildings and the streets and trees becoming smaller and smaller as you rise up into the air, leaving all your cares and worries behind you. Where you choose to fly is entirely up to you, simply drift off to wherever your imagination takes you – and hopefully into a nice deep sleep!
Rest Well with Reiki
A reiki self-treatment is also a wonderfully relaxing way to enjoy a replenishing night’s sleep. Using universal life force energy delivered via a series of self-treatment hand positions, you can use this comforting holistic treatment before bed to help you sleep better and feeling well-rested and revitalised in the morning.
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Note: If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a medical condition, it’s always best to check with your GP first before using essential oils or Epsom salts.