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Sleep Awareness Week

Well-Being

12 March 2021

So many of us struggle to get a decent night’s sleep so, with sleep awareness week on the horizon, we thought we’d explore what can be done to improve the quality of our sleep.

 

Epsom Salt

Of course, we’re exploring Epsom Salt as our first tip.  With its almost magical ability to aid good quality sleep we’re passionate about using Epsom Salt before bed.  Whether you’re experiencing anxiety, stress, insomnia, disrupted sleep, restless legs or overactive thoughts, Epsom Salt* is the ultimate natural remedy to help.  There’s a variety of ways to use our Epsom Salt but when it comes to preparing to sleep, we recommend a hot soak in the bath about an hour before bed.  If you do not have access to a bath, a foot soak works just as effectively and can be enjoyed while reading your favourite book or listening to some soothing music.

*Remember our Epsom Salt is only ever the highest quality and 100% pure, just as nature intended.  This is why our crystals provide such an effective therapeutic result.

 

Blue light devices

Blue light is used in much of the technology we use today.  Having a device detox an hour or two before bed can make a real difference.  Some even recommend ditching your phone’s alarm system for an ‘old fashioned’ alarm clock.  This allows you to leave your phone outside your room so you won’t be tempted to use it before bed or during the night if you wake up.  Using a sunset and sunrise light can be a great way to convince your brain it’s time to sleep or wake up.

 

Caffeine and stimulants

Hidden caffeine in our food and drinks can be a sneaky factor impacting our sleep.  That bite of chocolate after dinner, or your evening cup of tea both contain caffeine. Why not try swapping these for a piece of fruit or yoghurt and a cup of hot milk or herbal tea instead. Wine and alcoholic drinks may seem to aid sleep but instead they make it harder for your body to rest and recover from the day. So, the quality of your sleep is adversely impacted even if it may initially feel that you fall asleep more easily.

 

Yoga and stretches

Practicing gentle yoga stretches before bed can help prepare your body and mind for sleep.  Following a simple and gentle routine for just 15 minutes before you jump into bed is enough to make a difference. A quick google of ‘Yoga stretches before bedtime’ provides a variety of poses and stretches for you to try.

 

Aromatherapy

Whether you diffuse them, apply them to your skin (diluted) or use them in the bath (diluted) aromatherapy oils can aid restful sleep and relaxation.  Be sure to check the oils you use are for relaxing or sleep. Otherwise you may energise and awaken yourself before bed instead – particularly if you use oils such as rosemary, cinnamon, lemon, black pepper, peppermint and grapefruit.  Oils known for relaxing beyond lavender are bergamot, chamomile, ylang ylang, mandarin, clary sage, neroli and Melissa (lemon balm).

 

Herbal teas

While a traditional cup of tea is to be avoided before bed, herbal tea can be very helpful for inducing restful sleep.  Valerian Root tea is known as a stress buster and has a strong reputation for beating insomnia.  Valerian has a strong earthy natural smell and is known as nature’s Valium.  Other herbal teas for bedtime and restful sleep include passionflower, chamomile, lemon balm, skullcap, meadowsweet, lemon verbena and motherwort. Always check with your doctor and/or herbalist before using herbal teas as they may interfere with medications and health conditions.

 

Exercise

Exercise is great for the body and maintaining optimum health.  However, exercising in the evening can make it difficult for your body to wind down and become sleepy.  Try where possible to exercise in the morning so your body has time to utilise the energy and wind down before bedtime.

 

Guided Sleep Meditation Podcasts

There are some great tools out there to help us unwind and relax before bed.  One of our team members regularly listens to Sleep Cove to help them sleep.  But there are lots out there so try some out to find the one that works for you.

 

Throughout Sleep Awareness Week we will be sharing ideas and tips on our social media pages – we’d love to hear your tips too on Facebook or Instagram.

 

 

 

 

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