We've all be there at some point, mind racing at night and sleep just not happening, tossing and turning, maybe picking up your phone to distract you from sleepless frustration. Counting down the hours until your alarm goes off and knowing you'll be super tired tomorrow!
Not only does lack of good quality sleep effect the way we feel it also impacts our hormones and our body's natural repair cycles. It can also impact cortisol levels which may be responsible for holding extra weight around the tummy area, not ideal!
I've got some natural ways to help you catch more z's
I know I've spoken about this a lot but its a mineral that most people are deficient in. Unfortunately due to modern day farming practices the magnesium in our soil has been vastly depleted meaning we don't get as much as we used to and definitely not as much as we need. It's also been shown that magnesium is 60% better absorbed when used topically as opposed to ingested.
I'm a huge fan of magnesium spray on my tummy before I got to bed and it's helped me a lot, I used to have a monkey mind as soon as I turned out the lights but now I sleep minutes after I turn off the lights, thankfully not anymore.
If you follow on social media you'll know I'm a huge fan of my Blue Blocking glasses. Many recent studies have shown the blue light from devices can dramatically impact your circadian rhythm and lead to being way too alert at night. Basically the blue lights from your TV, phone or laptop is telling your brain it's day time and delaying our normal sleep cycle, these non prescription blue blocking glasses block that blue light at night and your circadian rhythm is restored.
Mr Fox and I both put ours on when the sun goes down as we like to watch TV before bed, we actually go to bed much earlier now as we find ourselves getting a lot more tired a few hours after sunset.
3. Sleep Tea
I LOVE my warm herbal tea about 90 minutes before I go to bed, having a night time routine is super important for me to switch off and tell my body its time for bed. This blend contains passionflower which has been shown to enhance the relaxation response. Several studies have shown the benefits of passionflower in reducing anxiety, promoting sleep and calming the nervous system. Chamomile flowers which have been used for centuries for their medicinal and beauty properties. Chamomile acts as a relaxant, promoting sleep and calming the body. Skullcap is a comforting herb which has traditionally been used to alleviate nervous tension and exhaustion. It may also promote emotional well-being and relaxation during times of stress.
I like to diffuse lavender before bed if I'm feeling particularly stressed out, its got an amazing calming effect and has been shown to relieve nervous tension and stress. If you don't like diffusing you can also try this Pyremedial next to your bed which is filled with pure dried lavender and emits a more subtle scent.
And there you have it, 4 super simple ways to can improve your sleep naturally!