Sleep is something we tend to take for granted most of the time. We only really notice sleep when we aren’t getting enough of it. It is then that we suddenly realise just how precious this commodity is.
Sleep – we need it to live, it recharges our batteries. It is as important as food and water and the very air we breathe.
I used to sleep like a log, I never thought about it, it just happened. Then I lost the map to the Land of Nod and it took a while to find my way again. If you are lacking in sleep, waking up too early or generally having sleep hassles, try some of these ideas before hitting the Doctors surgery and the dreaded sleeping pill route.
Avoid booze late at night. you may think it will help you to nodd off, but it is more likely to make you pass out. this isn’t real sleep and doesn’t do you any good at all.
Drink a gentle caffeine free herb tea (tisane). Try chamomile on its own, or my own favourite home brew of chamomile, lavender and lemon balm. One large teaspoonful in a teacup with boiling water left to steep for 5 minutes. Sweeten with honey if desired.
It goes without saying that coffee and other caffeine filled drinks are a complete no-no. In fact you shouldn’t really drink coffee in the evening at all. if you must then switch to decaf for evening drinks.
Limit your liquid intake at night to avoid having to get up to go to the loo.
It is said that lettuce, apples and bananas can help you to sleep. Avoid sugary or grain foods as these will raise blood sugar and keep you away from nod.
The sound of silence. Some people sleep better in complete silence and hate any sort of noise in the bedroom. Other people find white noise beneficial, and many enjoy sounds of the sea, gentle nature sounds and soft music a help. If sound helps you sleep put it on a loop player so that it just gently continues and lulls you to sleep.
The Darkness. Sleep in the dark, close out all light. Even that digital clock that has a greenish glow can disturb your sleep.
Clock Watching. Remove the clock from view. If you do have trouble sleeping the last thing you need is the constant reminder of the time. Turn the clock away.
Keep the bedroom for sleeping. Don’t take work or laptop to bed with you. It is best not to have a TV in the bedroom if you have sleep issues. The news and violent programmes can keep you awake for hours with your mind whirring round on things it doesn’t need to ponder on at this time of night.
Reading. Don’t read violent, action packed books in bed. Go for something soothing, boring even, if you are having trouble nodding off.
Keep the bedroom under 70 degrees F. If you are cold add a blanket to snuggle under, but the room itself should not be too warm. If you can have a window open for fresh air flow throughout the room.
Wear sox if you suffer from froze toes in the middle of the night. Our feet suffer from poor circulation and lose heat during the night, a snuggly pair of sox will keep them at a good temperature.
Write a journal. Write a list. Write it down. Just write about what is on your mind before turning out the light. It could be your “To Do” list for tomorrow, or just your thoughts about the day. Writing things down gets them out of your head and clears space.
Sleep time. Most animals (and in fact humans used to) go to sleep when the sun goes down. Your body naturally does its back up work between 11pm and 1am, give it a chance to do this by being in bed and asleep at this time. Try to keep a routine bed time.
Exercise is good for you and 30 minutes per day keeps your body in good condition and also helps you to sleep at night.
Use herbs to help you sleep. Have lavender and chamomile in pots on the windowsill in summer. Use dried herbs in a little Sleep Pillow to help lull you to sleep with nature’s goodness. I often have sleep sacks with my own sleep blend available in My Shop.
Animals. Many people sleep well with their pets. others like to have the cat or dog in bed and then it gets up during the night and disturbs their sleep. Be ruthless, is your sleep pattern worth more than the snuggle of a pet? Decide what you want more.
Sleep is a gift. Sometimes it is there and something we don’t think about. Sometimes it is something that seems far, far away.
I hope these tips will help you to reach the Land of Nod.