“Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.” – William Blake
We have been focusing on a good night’s sleep this month and while we have provided a few tips and tricks, they aren’t the only methods out there for a good night’s sleep. Good sleep is important to our physical health and mental well-being so make an effort to improve your sleep habits today. Here are a few more ideas for you to implement in your daily routine to have better quality sleep.
This is a hormone that occurs naturally and is typically produced throughout the day to help us sleep better at night. If your body is not making enough, your sleep cycle can be affected.
This natural herb helps calm your body’s nervous system and allows your mind to stop racing before bed. It lowers anxiety in the body and helps you get to sleep.
This herb, perfect for steeping as a tea, helps reduce insomnia and can boost your immune system. It is a perfect replacement for coffee or other caffeine laden drinks right before bedtime.
Beginning a regular yoga practice can help boost your energy during the day in the right ways and establish a pattern that can lead to more restful sleep at night. Yoga lowers stress which can affect sleep patterns. Try a couple of relaxing yoga positions before bed.
A regular meditation routine can also help establish a sense of well-being that can help you sleep better at night. Create a safe and quiet sanctuary in your home where you can spend up to 30 minutes a day being mindful.
One of the best solutions to encourage proper sleep habits is to establish a nightly routine. Engage in relaxing behaviors for the half hour before bed. Go to sleep at the same time every night and wake up the same time each day.
Did you know that camping can also get you back in balance? It’s true. Spending a few nights sleeping in nature without the constant stimulation of technology can reset your body’s internal clock and help you sleep better once you return home. Give it a try!
What kind of routines do you have for a good night’s sleep?
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