It’s been a long week. I’m working on a new set of classes, still working on the details I need to get the shop set up, and I’ve been dreaming up lots of fun projects for the blog and my social media pages. Sleep isn’t exactly a struggle for me at the moment, but in case it is for you, I wanted to share this article I wrote for Inner Child Magazine. After you read it, maybe you could snuggle back in and take an epic Sunday nap? Those are my favorite!
Wishing You Total Well-Being,
Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the cornerstones to good health. Sleep is the time our bodies repair themselves, and if we don’t get enough of it, it can affect our mood, our ability to concentrate during the day and even affect our weight. Losing sleep can cause us to have a short temper with others, make us reach for unhealthy snacks, and in some cases can even increase the symptoms of certain health issues like hypertension, diabetes and memory loss. What’s a sleep-deprived soul to do? Creating and maintaining proper sleep hygiene and seeking supportive supplements may be the answer.
The first thing you can do to help yourself get to sleep is to create a sleep schedule and stick to it as best as you can. This means setting both a time to get in bed and a time to wake up. Nice though it is, it also means not sleeping in for more than an hour on days off, unless you are sick or healing your adrenals. Experts also recommend keeping your bedroom sacred. Watching TV, eating or bringing work to bed invites stress into our sanctuary, so use this room for sleep and intimate moments only. You can also create a bedtime ritual like sipping chamomile tea, reading a book, or meditating 30 minutes or so before bed. If done consistently, it will eventually signal sleepy-time to your body and will help you drift off more easily.
Supplements can also lend a helping hand when sleep evades you. If insomnia is stress related, reach for Magnesium. Because of our highly processed diets, most of us are deficient in Magnesium, but taking a supplement or eating foods which are high in this miracle mineral will help relax both muscles and moods. Ashwagandha, or Indian Ginseng, can offer some assistance as well. Ashwaghanda is an Ayruvedic and adaptogenic herb, and it offers relief by helping our bodies cope with both external stressors and internal ones, like anxiety and insomnia. Valerian Root can be helpful, too. A sedative herb which has been used for hundreds of years, Valerian is reputed to not only help you fall asleep faster, but also improve the quality of sleep you’re getting. Of course when you consider any supplements, it’s smart to talk to your doctor to make sure they won’t interfere with any medications or supplements you may already be taking. Causing yourself harm in the attempt to improve your sleep would clearly be a nightmare!
You don’t have to lose sleep over insomnia. Making a bedtime plan you can stick to and adding the right supplements to your regimen can keep you from tossing and turning. Tell those sheep to hit the road and get some shut-eye at last. Sweet dreams!