The stressful holiday season has just started. Are you already feeling tired, stressed out and a couple of pounds heavier?
If you want to feel better, live longer and avoid weight gain, you may want to begin by trying to reduce your stress by getting better sleep.
If you can’t fall asleep fast, get natural sleeping help by trying some of the sleep remedies and insomnia remedies below. A good night of sleep can help you to find more energy, to lose weight naturally, prevent breast cancer, and to live longer.
Here are some sleep remedies and tips you can use to get better sleep:
1. Plenty of physical activity.
Sleep is not just for your mind. Sleep is nature’s way of resting your body. If your muscles are getting enough exercise during the day, there is less reason for you body to feel it wants to sleep. Once you begin to provide move your muscles (think exercise) your body, better sleep is almost certain to follow.
2. Stretch and yawn.
Studies show that simple stretching and yawning help make your body think it is ready for sleep. Try it; you might be surprised.
3. Eat more food rich in Magnesium.
Magnesium helps the body make serotonin, which helps in producing melatonin (the hormone that helps us to relax and sleep). A spoon of walnuts with a little bit of honey around 8:00pm -9:00pm also might help. Other foods rich in Magnesium are almonds, apples, apricots, brown rice, garlic, leafy vegetables, spinach, salmon, etc.
4. Go to bed by 10:00 pm.
There are two reasons. First, according to Ayurveda,(from Sanskrit literally means “science of life” or “practices of longevity”) there are cycles that are the most beneficial for certain activities. Sleep from 10:00 p.m. till 6:00 a.m. allows the body to rest the most. It also helps with metabolism, so if you want to sleep better, try getting to bed earlier.
Second, studies show that nighttime exposure to light may elevate breast cancer risk by suppressing production of melatonin, a brain hormone that is made during darkness and that normally peaks at night.
5. Have fresh air in the room.
A lot of people underestimate the importance of fresh air in the room during your sleep time.Study shows that indoors air is one of the most toxic air around. Fresh air will help promote sound sleep while stale air and toxins escape from your window.
6. Get a foot massage.
Ask your partner, or you can do it yourself and it will help you relax as well as improve circulation. More on how to give a food massage
7. Have a home-made facial.
Home-made facials are great relaxation techniques, because you kill two birds with one stone: you not only nourish, cleanse and rejuvenate your face but also have to lie down to relax for at least ten minutes – I call it facial meditation.
Try an uplifting mask made of kiwi and honey (mash one kiwi and add 1/2 tsp of honey, mix and put on your face for 15 minutes) – it is delicious. While lying, don’t forget to think about something very pleasant.
8. Have a cup of bedtime tea.
You can always treat yourself to a cup of bedtime tea with Lemon balm or Chamomile flower.
By pampering / taking care of yourself, you can do your body a big favor: we reduce stress which is priority number one if we want to feel and look fabulous, especially during the cold and flu as well as holiday season.
Learn other destress techniques in eBook ” DeStress 101 – The Survival Kit for Busy Women”
Never forget to breathe, smile and be happy.
© Irina Wardas HHC
Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition and Relationship Expert