Enjoy a More Restful Sleep, Naturally
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on July 13, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Lack of deep, restful sleep, especially when it’s chronic, can have significant consequences on our daytime activities as well as our health. It can interfere with our ability to concentrate, decision-making skills, our reaction times, and can make us more irritable and susceptible to illness.
There may be many reasons for insomnia, including: depression, stress and anxiety, physical health issues such as arthritis and sleep apnea, medications, stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine, alcohol, and nutritional deficiencies.
What Can You Do to Improve Sleep Quality?
Alongside addressing the above-noted factors that may be affecting sleep quality, practicing “healthy sleep hygiene” can go a long way in helping insomnia. Some easy-to-apply suggestions include:
• Stop caffeine consumption by 2 p.m.
• Unplug from the TV or computer at least an hour (preferably more) before bed. This will give your nervous system a break from stimulating input (and electromagnetic radiation).
• Have a relaxing bath scented with your favorite essential oils – lavender, neroli, or your own personal blend.
• Read an uplifting book before you turn out the light.
• Do a short meditation.
To aid in restorative sleep support, also consider Natural Sleeping Essentials™. This gentle, all-natural formula includes Chamomile and Valerian, renowned for helping to calm the mind and nervous system and relieve the body of physical tension, and sleep-supportive nutrients including melatonin, tryptophan and niacin which enhance the natural sleep cycle to help you stay asleep.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan