It’s too easy to get into that viscous cycle of energy drinks and coffee during the day and sleeping pills at night. But these temporary fixes can cause long term damage, making it so that your body doesn’t know how to wake up or go to sleep on its own. Scary thought, right? But, giving up those trusty sleeping pills can be scary, too. Here are some natural sleep remedies to help wean you off of that oh so innocent looking little half moon on your sleeping pill bottle.
There is a reason that people are able to fall asleep on a hard floor, in a room full of strangers—because yoga is that soothing. Try lying flat on your back with your butt about 6 inches away from a wall or headboard. Inch your feet up the wall so your legs are completely straight. Allow your arms to rest by your side or put them above your head for a sweet stretch. This will help relax your body and clear your mind of the stresses of the day. You know, those ones that keep you tossing and turning all night.
It’s not a superhero, it’s a natural sleep aid that treats stress-related insomnia. Rescue Remedy Sleep is made from 6 flower essences shown to ease a restless mind, reduce tension and irritability and relieve stress. Just spray 1 to 2 times on your tongue when you have a hunch it’s going to be a restless night.
Just the act of taking time to brew tea can be calming. The warm steam, the dinging of your teaspoon on your mug. Combine these with sleep-inducing Yogi Kava Stress Relief tea. Kava is known to induce a state of relaxed awareness without messing with brain function, so you won’t have one of those strange, spacey mornings the day after.
It can be hard to believe, but certain parts of your body have strong connections with parts that are far, far away. Massaging the area right between the ball of your big toe and the area where the foot begins can stimulate your brain and quiet the chatter in your brain. Massage the padding on your foot right beneath the big toe to balance hormone production for better sleep.
Milk For Your Muscle Relaxation
Drinking a warm glass of milk before bed isn’t just an old wives’ tale. Calcium can have a calming effect on the mind. When paired with muscle-relaxing magnesium, this duo can induce deliciously deep sleep. Find calcium in: low-fat yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, soy milk, cereal, low-fat milk. You’ll get magnesium from: spinach, salmon, black beans, sunflower seeds, soybeans. Or you can just infuse your water with Natural Calm… yes, the magnesium powder from Natural Vitality balances with your calcium level and helps create calm, even put you to sleep, without the full stomach effects of late night eating (even if those foods are mind-easing).
Studies have shown that simply focusing on proper breathing can induce relaxation and ease you into sleep. Try some of these breathing exercises to help you sleep: Belly Breath. Ever notice how a baby’s tummy goes in and out as he sleeps? Try directing your breath completely to your lower abdomen rather than your chest. Complete Breath. In this exercise, you allow your body to fill up with oxygen in different stages, first allowing the breath into the lower abdomen, then the mid section and finally the chest.
Worrying about sleep is just an added stress you don’t need. But giving up sleeping pills doesn’t have to mean sleepless nights and walking around like a zombie all day. Hopefully these tips will keep you from getting into an unhealthy relationship with unnatural sleep aids, or help you get out of one if you’re already in it!