Sleep. It’s necessary, but many of us are not getting a good night’s sleep.
Research shows that between 7 – 8 hours of sleep is optimal.
Think you are fine with less sleep? You may feel fine, but ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Sleep deficiency also increases the risk of obesity.
Here are some natural sleep aids that will help you get a better night’s sleep
Lemon Balm: Whether in a plant, tea, or capsule form, lemon balm has been used by herbalists to calm the mind and alleviate insomnia.
Chamomile tea: This tea is incredibly calming. It’s an ideal beverage to unwind with at the end of a hectic day.
White Noise Free Sleep Sounds App: Often outside sounds can keep our minds alert when they should be relaxing. If you like to be lulled to sleep by the sound of rain, the hum of a clothes dryer, or just the sound of white noise, this app lets you access over 40 different ambient sounds.
Sleep With Me Podcast: Currently a top podcast on iTunes, this is a must if you want an alternative to white noise. The host, Drew Ackerman, tells long meandering stories and poses nonsensical musings over the course of an hour, all in a droning monotone.
Lavender eye pillow: Perfect to block out any light while the calming scent transports you into a relaxed state.
Moon Juice Dream Dust: Moon Juice’s Dream Dust is made up of a blend of plant powders, which you can spoon into a glass of water, tea, or nut milk to promote detoxification and stress relief, and to soothe you into a sleepy feeling in the hours before bedtime.
Hello Sense: Looking for an elegantly designed sleep-monitoring device and alarm clock that you don’t have to wear and that also eschews the wake-up light function? The Sense tracker monitors your bedroom environment and the quality of your sleep, and it gives you a thorough, minute-by-minute summary of your night, so you can make adjustments to your sleep space accordingly. One especially cool feature is that you can set it like a regular alarm clock, and based on the quality of your sleep that night, it’ll determine the best time (before your denoted wake-up time) to gently rouse you, so you can start the day feeling fresh!
Yogi Bedtime Tea:This delicious herbal tea from Yogi is made with a soothing and spicy-sweet blend of passionflower, chamomile, licorice, cardamom, and cinnamon for a warm and comforting flavor that’s perfect when sipped right before bedtime
Gaia Herbs Sleep & Relax Tea: Passionflower leaf, lemon balm, chamomile, and licorice root are the primary ingredients in this Sleep & Relax Tea from Gaia Herbs. Drink a cup or two one hour before bedtime to promote a relaxing and restorative slumber.
Valerian Root: Traditionally used for tranquil rest and relaxation.
Melatonin capsules: Melatonin is naturally made by your brain to help regulate your sleep cycle. If you’re having trouble sleeping through the night, taking some of this supplement can help.
Try at least one of these and start sleeping better tonight!
Do you have any tips that have helped you? Please comment below.