Natural Remedies for a Good Night`s Sleep

We all know how important getting a good night’s sleep is to overall health. A good night’s sleep can be the difference between a good and productive day and a grouchy, lethargic one. If you have problems drifting off when you get into bed at night, there are a number of different remedies and methods you could try. First, you need to find out what is keeping you awake!

If you find yourself tossing and turning with worries and anxieties, you need to tackle this head on. Sleep deprivation is not going to help you solve problems and could indeed even be contributing to them, so sit down and work them out in a productive way. Sit down with a piece of paper during the day and write down your main worries or problems. What is it, specifically, that is worrying you? What is it that you think could/will happen? Sometimes, anxieties and worries can evaporate under this sort of scrutiny. If not, devise a plan to tackle your problem and alleviate your worries.

There are any numbers of other things that can keep you awake at night such as eating too late or drinking too much caffeine. Modern life can mean hectic schedules where we fit in meals where we can but sleep is very important for both your physical and mental health so if you need to make some changes to your lifestyle, make this a priority.

Make your bedroom a haven, somewhere quiet and comfortable where you can sleep undisturbed by outside noise or other interruptions. A TV in the bedroom can be a huge distraction and can serve to keep your brain active when you should be winding down. Make your bedroom the place where you go for relaxation and sleep, not for watching TV.

If you still have problems, try establishing a bedtime routine for yourself. Firstly, set a regular bedtime and stick to it. Most people need around seven to eight hours sleep a night but others find they prefer a little less. To induce sleepiness, try a warm bath, some quiet music or some reading. If you can, avoid the milky drink or any other liquid as this could actually disturb your sleep by necessitating a late night bathroom visit. Set your alarm to ensure you get the right amount of sleep and fight the urge to sleep in. Too much sleep can be just as unhealthy as not enough.

Not getting enough sleep can make you feel awful, affect your performance at work and actually have a real effect on your mental and physical well-being. The above may help you solve some problems but all of this will be of little consequence if the root of the problem is your mattress.

It sounds obvious, but having somewhere comfortable to rest your head is one of the most important factors in getting a good night’s sleep. If you have problems getting comfortable or if you wake up aching, changing your mattress for something like a memory foam mattress may be the answer. Memory foam adapts and molds around the body providing a perfectly supported night’s sleep.

Others prefer an electric adjustable bed that allows you to elevate your feet and head to find the most comfortable and perfect position for you. These are available in double beds and each side is independently adjustable allowing you to choose a different sleeping position to your partner. This will ensure that each of you can wake up feeling fully recharged and ready to take on the world.

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