Does this sound familiar? It’s late, your feeling sooo tired, in body and in mind, but as soon as you drop into bed, your mind wanders onto work, the last conversation with your partner or the growing job list in your head. It’s now 2:30am, your fed up, but you still cant switch off enough to let your body get that well deserved rest. Insomnia, or having troubles getting to sleep or staying asleep, and waking unrefreshed, are reality for many more people than you think.
Research shows that adults who get fewer than seven hours of sleep (whether for just one night or over the course of days, weeks or months) experience daytime consequences such as irritability, fatigue, and poor memory. Some people refer to the feelings of insomnia as similar to a hangover, or being intoxicated. Sleep deprivation not only affects our work life, it affects our relationships and general wellbeing and increases the risk of ongoing health problems.
Lack of sleep does not have to be a way of life. Natural medicines can be can help promote a restful sleep, without you feeling groggy the next day. Some examples:
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) – is rich in flavonoids and has been traditionally used for insomnia and nervous conditions
Jamaica dogwood (Piscidia erythrina) – traditionally used for nerve pain, anxiety and nervous tension. This herb helps you relax, while reducing pain that may be disturbing a peaceful sleep.
Zizyphus (Zizyphus spinosa) – with a long history for use with insomnia in traditional chinese medicine, and now widely used for insomnia due to nervous tension and anxiety.
Magne-zzzz-ium – Magnesium is valuable for countless actions in the body, including supporting health nervous system function so you are less affected by stress; or relaxing sore, tense muscles that might be affecting sleep.
Massage – is wonderful for settling those troublesome aches and pains down or just for the ultimate way to relax the body. People often report getting the most amazing sleep after a massage – perhaps its time to book one in 🙂
Some simple tips to enhance sleep:
- Nil caffeine after lunch
- Routine, routine, routine – go to bed at the same time each night
- Keep the room dark
- Limit exposure to screen time an hour before bed – TV, phones, computers etc
- Exercise regularly, morning time is the best to establish healthy sleep routines and normalise hormone cycles
Sleep is super important, physically, mentally and spiritually. If your not currently sleeping well, give us a ring to discuss some safe options to help improve your pattern.
Yours in health and happiness,