A good night’s sleep is essential for good health. While we are asleep our body recovers from damages and heals us from within, cells are repaired, and our mind is rejuvenated. Today many people suffer from poor quality sleep due to a number of reasons like – improper eating habits, breathing difficulties, late work hours, and substance abuse. More and more people are complaining about insomnia, nightmares, and sleep apnea. Some will pop over-the-counter pills, or sleeping pills recommended by their physician. These are short term solutions and can have damaging effects on the body, not to forget that sleeping pills can be highly addictive. Some people will try to use alcohol to induce sleep, but the body starts getting used to the alcohol and you end up drinking even more than before. Also, alcohol has severe health implications.
Here are some tips for better sleep –
- Do not use any gadgets in the bedroom, the blue light from the screens decreases natural melatonin in your body and affects your sleep. Also, having your phone with you can be distracting as you feel compelled to look at it.
- Eat at least two hours before bedtime. The body usually requires hours to completely digest your food; ideally one must have their last meal before 7 pm. If that is not doable for you to try to eat at least two hours before bedtime and go for a small stroll or walk around your house for a few minutes.
- Avoid nicotine. Nicotine is also known to harm the natural production of melatonin not to mention its many other side effects.
- Try lavender oil. Use a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow to help you relax at night.
- Jatamansi oil or tea to help you calm down. Jatamansi is known for its calming effects on the mind and will help you feel relaxed and stop you from over thinking at night.