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Your Guide to Tackling Insomnia for Good
Honestly, it can be incredibly hard to get a good eight hours sleep each and every night. I used to really struggle with not only falling asleep, but staying asleep, so I have put together this guide to the best natural sleep remedies to tackle my sleeping problems once and for all.
We have been told time and time again how important it is for us to get our eight hours of restful sleep each night, but if you're anything like me then you'll know that it's easier said than done! I have four kids and am running a business, so by the time I've finished for the day and have put the kids to sleep I'm still buzzing, which makes it so much harder for me to fall asleep. Getting enough sleep is so important for our overall health and wellbeing, as well as our productivity, and we just can't afford to be feeling groggy, unrested and zoning out at work or at home all the time. Sleep is a crucial period of time for our bodies to regenerate and refresh themselves, so it's incredibly important to beat sleeplessness and insomnia as best we can with the help of natural supplements and essential oils.
How to get to sleep naturally
One of the biggest issues when it comes to bedtime is that we are all so highly wired that it can seem impossible to switch off. Try to have at least one hour before bed where you don't watch the TV or look at your phone - these devices emit a blue light that actually stimulates the mind, so screen time tricks your brain into thinking it's time to be up and about. I've found that in the same way you do for the kids, adopting a 'bedtime routine' has really helped me switch off. I'll have a magnesium bath to help me unwind and relieve any muscle tension, brew a calming herbal sleep tea and then head to bed, and if I have trouble getting to sleep or keep waking up, I inhale my special essential oil blends to stop the stress of not being able to sleep and get back into that relaxed state.
Best natural sleep aids
Life Basics Magnesium
Whenever possible before bed I love to soak in a soothing Life Basics Magnesium bath. Magnesium does so many wonderful things for both the body and mind, and it's particularly great before bed as it works to help relieve almost any tensions that may cause you to toss and turn at night - cramps, joint pains, growing pains, headaches, migraines, menstrual pains and even hormonal temperature spikes. Add one cup of these pure Magnesium Chloride flakes to your bath and soak in the goodness for as long as you like.
Black Chicken Remedies Pyramedial - The Scent of Sleep
The aroma from fresh Lavender has incredible soothing properties, and it's a scent I love to fill my bedroom with to help me drift off to sleep. I love the Black Chicken Remedies Pyramedial - The Scent of Sleep, which is filled with pure Lavender flowers to help relieve tension, anxiety and insomnia through aromatherapy. I pop this little triangle on my bedside table and it calms me right away.
Black Chicken Remedies Nasalette Essential Oil Inhaler - Slumber
Another favourite of mine, especially if I'm travelling, is the Black Chicken Remedies Nasalette Essential Oil Inhaler in Slumber. This personal inhaler combines potent and relaxing essential oils including Cedarwood, Bergamot, Cinnamon and Lavender to help relieve anxiety, stress and tension and promote a good night's sleep. To use, place the Nasalette just below your nose and breathe in deeply by counting to five.
Kiwiherb Valerian Root Extract
When I am feeling incredibly restless I like to dilute some of the Kiwiherb Valerian Root Extract into a glass of water. As recommended by our Naturopath Mel, Valerian Root Extract is actually known as nature's sedative because it encourages both your mind and body to relax and helps to relieve nerves and anxiety.
A chocolate milkshake to send you to sleep almost sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? I love the Bodyism Serenity as it tastes delicious thanks to Organic Raw Cacao and contains Hops, Oat Seed and Chamomile to relieve stress, support digestion and combat anxiety. This vegan formula tastes amazing added to Almond Milk and can be consumed before going to bed.
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