It probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that getting a good night’s sleep is an integral part of staying healthy. If you want to get your diet on track, feel better every day and live an overall healthier life, consider some natural ways to battle the insomnia bug without reaching for the pharmaceutical option.
- Take 30 minutes before bedtime to completely unwind and unplug from technology. Turn off the laptop, silence the cell phone, shut off the television (yes! Seriously!), and enjoy a few minutes of relaxation with a cup of strong caffeine-free chamomile tea. Lights from technology trigger alertness and prevent sleep-inducing hormones from coming into play.
- Send blood flow to your legs by doing leg exercises shortly before bed. Squats and lunges are easy and effective.
- For dinner, try eating foods such as lean turkey, spinach, cashews, halibut and other leafy green veggies.
- Avoid chocolate, preserved or smoked meats, energy drinks, spicy foods and alcohol. These may be comfort foods that help you relax, but they can come back to haunt you when it’s time to wind down because of alcohol, caffeine or high sodium content.
- Try out a sleep mask. If it’s difficult to find window treatments or shades that make the room dark enough to fall asleep, try a sleep mask to see if it makes a difference. They’re not for everyone, but some people swear by them.
Falling asleep might seem like something that comes naturally, but many activities we partake in throughout the day can negatively impact our sleep schedule, which rolls over into the next day and repeats the cycle all over again.
It might be difficult to go without an afternoon cup of coffee or put the laptop down for a bit before heading to bed, but once you’re back on a healthy schedule that makes you more productive, your body and well-being will thank you.
What natural remedies do you use for falling asleep?
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