We’ve all had those nights where we just can’t fall asleep, we end up tossing and turning the night away only to get up more exhausted than we were when we first got into bed. Try one or all of these five tips for a peaceful nights sleep:
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No caffeine after noon
Caffeine can live in your body 8-14 hours after consuming it. Caffeine’s effects vary from person to person, but in general, if you are having trouble sleeping, try completely eliminating it for a month and see if that improves your sleep. Also consider sneaky sources of caffeine such as chocolate and tea. Switch to water and herbal tea.
Relaxing Exercises 2 hours before bed
As it gets later in the day try and decrease stimulation as much as possible. Do something you find relaxing, such as reading, practicing gentle yoga, taking a bath or talking about your day with a friend or your loved one.
Try a relaxing bath
Combine ½ cup Epsom salts with a few drops of an essential oil, like lavender, in hot water. Soak for 20 minutes. The magnesium contained in Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and promotes feelings of relaxation. Water and salt cleanses energy from the day.
Meditation = A short, well needed vacation
Meditating for about five minutes daily can relieve stress and depression. Find a comfortable spot in a quiet place, concentrate on your breath, and feel those anxieties begin to disappear.
Sip some herbal tea.
Green tea has a great source of L-Theanine, which is a chemical that helps relieve stress.