When Counting Sheep Isn’t Cutting It
There are several natural remedies that can be used to help induce restorative sleep when counting sheep just isn’t cutting it.
A relaxation tea such as mint, chamomile or valerian root works great. There are blends of teas that often use all three of these herbs to help promote relaxation and sleep when counting sheep isn’t cutting it.
It is necessary to avoid any caffeinated foods or beverages such as coffee and chocolate within 10 hours before bed.
Aromatherapy to help calm your senses
Chamomile, lavender, jasmine, rose, lemon balm, marjoram and ylang ylang are known for their calming, relaxing and sleep inducing properties. Try a couple of drops of these essential oils in a warm bath before bedtime.
Sleep Inducing Music and Sounds
Music and sound are excellent resources in the quest for sleep and relaxation. For as long as anyone can remember, the lullaby has been an effective tool for easing the sleep-hindering tension of even the most tense of babies and adults alike. There are many different types of CDs and sound making devices on the market that can assist in the relaxation process. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Classical Music: a great way to unwind and put yourself in the mindset for a good night’s sleep. Brahm’s “Lullaby,” Motzart’s “Baroque Music,” and “Waltzes” by Strauss are just a few examples of some of the most relaxing classical music out there.
- Sound Effects: a bit different in that they are not necessarily ‘music’ at all. Waterfalls, babbling brooks, wind, rain, whale songs, water drops and other natural sounds are a great start!
A Night Cap
We’ll close out today’s post with one of our favorite bedtime recipes:
– organic almond milk
-half a banana
-1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
-1 tablespoon of coconut oil
-1 scoop of non-denatured, grass-fed whey protein