Get A Good Night’s Sleep; No Muss, No Fuss

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For a simple natural act as sleeping, it is amazing of the number of people who go through their day being sleep deprived. Some are sleep deprived because their schedule is stretched so far that falling into bed after 2am has become the norm. There is nothing wrong with falling into bed at 2am; but the problem occurs when you have to be awake at 7 am and out the door for work by 8am. That’s really pushing it for most folks. There is also another scenario. For countless of others who are in bed by 10pm night after night still aren’t able to sleep.
Sleep deprivation is no joke. A lack of sleep leads to increased stress, poor ability to concentration, poor judgment, and poor overall job performance. A lack of sleep could also lead to a decreased immune system which increases opportunity for diseases.
So what to do in order to get enough sleep? First of all, you need to schedule your activities so you can be in bed early enough to get 8 hours of sleep. There is nothing wrong with having a busy schedule, but going without sleep night after night is not healthy. There are a number of things you can do to get your brain to shut down for sleep.
Try exercising. Not much is needed. Maybe 5 or 10 minutes; enough to help wind you down. Exercise helps lowers stress and will help your mind to unwind. Lowering stress and unwinding should help sleep to come much easier.
Take a long relaxing bath or shower. The warm water will be soothing on your skin and once out of the shower, you will naturally feel clean and refreshed. This should help you to be more prone to relax and will help induce sleep.
Drink a hot cup of tea. Make it green. A cup of green tea will help promote a calmness because it is relaxing. You can ignore the fact that tea has a small amount of caffeine in it. Green tea has something in it that blocks the effects of caffeine. After you get into bed to go to sleep, the relaxing cup of green tea should help to make it happen.
Try vitamins and minerals. There are certain vitamins and minerals you may be interested in also. The vitamin Bs… B3 and B6. Among others, seem to help induce sleep because they increase the serotonin level. Serotonin helps to regulate your mood, appetite and sleep. Also you can try melatonin. Melatonin is another important nutrient that is helpful for inducing sleep.
Use herbs. Celery, lemon balm, and lavender. Actually I must confess that I can’t vouch for the effectiveness of any of these herbs, but I understand from others that they could be very helpful; especially the lavender because it has a very mild and pleasant sent that relaxes you.
Medical assistance. For more complicated medical issues (for example severe anxiety and stress), a medical remedy may be indicated. In those cases perhaps an anti-anxiety pill or a sleeping pill is needed; something that is prescribed by a physician. I don’t advocate taking any heavy medication unless it is the absolute last resort, and not for a prolonged length of time. If a physician should happen to prescribe a sleeping pill or an anti-anxiety pill, please take care to administer it only as prescribed.
That about does it for the suggestions I have for those who might be suffering from sleep deprivation. I hope that one of these natural remedies will help. Hopefully you will get a good night’s sleep; no muss, no fuss.
Healthy trails to you.
Carolyn

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nyparrot
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 21:58:47

    Thank you for all the tips on getting to a ZZZZZ point – for me it’s never easy:)

    Reply

    • thehealthywarrior
      Jul 29, 2012 @ 03:46:54

      Hi nyparrot. Thanks for stopping by I appreciate your comment. I understand that it is easier said than done sometimes when it comes to getting in enough sleep or doing anything else that we should do in order to maintain a healthy body.

      Reply

  2. beverleysmith36
    Jul 27, 2012 @ 17:14:45

    I think it is important that we eat right generally and make sure we don’t go to bed hungry. There is nothing more likely to continually wake me up than being hungry.

    Reply

  3. thehealthywarrior
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 03:59:12

    Hi Bev. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. You are right about going to bed hungry. I’m surprised I never thought about that. I think eating right and going to bed hungry is a subject for a post all by itself..

    Reply

  4. thehealthywarrior
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 11:44:02

    Thanks. I’m having a preet good w/e 🙂

    Reply

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