What aggravates me in the sleep industry is that most people think they have to put some sort of natural sleep aid, tablet, supplement or pill in their mouth in order to sleep better. This is a myth.
It may well be that NOT putting something in your mouth (or up your nose, ‘scuse me…) will actually be the solution to your sleep problem.
Here is a list of 11 natural sleep aids. This list is not conclusive – but it will give you a good start to know what is available and they have all been PROVEN to be helpful with sleep and a variety of sleep disorders.
No, it is NOT your average list of sleep aids – look again and absorb why. This list cuts through the misinformation in the industry.
1. A 40 minute walk, at least 4 mornings a week, preferably in the sun exposing your skin. Number one for a reason, just do it.
2. Healthy eating. Watch the food additives, colorings and chemicals that are in your diet. E.g. It may be that you suffer from insomnia several days after having takeaway Chinese meals with MSG in them, or that you are intolerant to the bread preservative calcium propionate (282). There are over 50 food additives and chemicals associated with a wide range of sleep problems including restless sleep, depression (waking too early in the morning), aggravated anxiety and panic, weird dreams, night terrors, bed wetting, the incorrect diagnosis of sleep apnea, breathing problems, sleep walking and sleep talking, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (too active to sleep), etc. Visit my website to find out exactly where to access this information in more detail.
3. Reduce your intake of salicylates and amines in food. These are naturally occurring food components that are found in HEALTHY foods, such as sultanas, strawberries, slow cooked tomato based stews, citrus fruits even vitamin supplements that include citrus bioflavanoids.
4. Look up your prescription drug name in google to see if insomnia, depression, anxiety, restlessness, difficulty sleeping are side effects listed on internet sites. Some prescription medications are causing problems with sleep patterns. If you are taking a combination of medications, ask your doctor how each of them is behaving in combination – this question is difficult for even the doctors to answer.
5. Don’t eat too much sugary food, especially before going to bed. When your blood sugar levels fall it causes many people to wake up. Instead, have a small piece of protein before bed, if you are hungry e.g. a boiled egg.
6. Get off the drugs, alcohol and stimulants! Duh!
7. Have at least an hour every day to relax and do something enjoyable that isn’t stressful or electronic. Relaxing isn’t watching violent and weird TV shows, and it is not playing electronic games and certainly not violent electronic games. (Your subconscious mind does not know the difference between reality and imagination – this stuff is “bending your brain” more than you realize, and gives you more to assimilate and process while you are asleep.)
8. Have a definite end to your day, every day – where you stop working and relax.
9. If you work on the computer a lot, turn it off completely or move away from the melatonin inhibiting blue ray screen several hours before you go to bed.
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10. Hydrate. If you are dehydrated you don’t sleep properly
11. Sleep cool rather than hot. Overheating in bed reduces your rapid eye movement sleep. Throw out your doona/duvet and sleep under something cooler made of natural fibers (cotton, wool, alpaca, etc).
This list will be continued soon, it is by no means conclusive. We know that it does not contain a list of packaged over the counter sleep aids – let’s get the basics down first! If you implement the list above you may not need to buy any sleep aids at the shops.
Just do this guys… knowledge is absolutely no use without ACTION.
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