In our modern day and age more and more of us are finding that we are struggling to sleep, and wake up feeling exhausted. This can have a knock-on effect on our work and family lives, and makes it difficult to function day-to-day. We’ve created the following post covering some of the options to help promote healthy sleeping patterns. If you’re looking for ways to help improve your sleep and overcome insomnia, then keep reading.
Have A No Technology In The Bedroom Rule
Using technology in our bedrooms is likely to make it much more difficult for us to drift off to sleep. Psychologically, the use of phones and laptops will make our brains more alert and focused, which isn’t conducive to sleep. It’s also important not to complete any work from our bedrooms as our brain will begin to associate what should be a relaxing space with work. The blue light emitted from phones, laptops and TV’s also affects our sleeping patterns, and should be avoided for at least half an hour before you go to bed. Invest in a traditional alarm clock to wake you up so that you don’t need to use your phone. You can even get sunrise alarm clocks that imitate the rising of the sun, a gentle and natural way to wake up.
Install Blackout Blinds Or Curtains
For some, natural light can interfere with getting to sleep or remaining asleep, especially in the summer. This is especially true for those that work night shifts. Blackout blinds or curtains are a great option for helping with sleeping during the day or lighter months, as well as in nursery rooms to help with nap time. You can choose from blackout vertical blinds or blackout curtains, or both, to style your room around what you like. Visit the LifestyleBlinds blog to learn more.
There are a number of natural herbal remedies available for aiding sleep and relaxation- a great option to try out before resorting to prescribed medication:
- Chamomile Tea- chamomile is available in pills and lotions, but the most popular option comes in the form of tea. The mixture of the calming, sleep-inducing benefits of chamomile mixed with the experience of drinking a warm drink can help to wind down and prepare for sleep
- Lavender Oil- lavender is one of the most popular remedies for relaxation and sleep, and usually comes in the form of oils, pillow sprays, and bath soaks.
- Valerian root- Valerian root is lesser known as an aid to sleep, but can help with relaxation and calm in a range of products
- Passionflower- believed to help with reducing anxiety, passionflower is a good herbal option for those struggling to get to sleep because of a racing mind
Relaxing Music, Audiobooks, And Apps For Sleep
If you find that you just can’t quite avoid the temptation of having your phone in the room with you when going to bed, then consider making use of it by downloading apps to aid sleep. There is a range of apps to choose from. With features such as calming music, meditation exercises, and calming stories read out to you. This is a great option for those of you who find that you can’t just lie in the quiet and switch off your brain.