As September is known as Sleeptember we thought we would have a look at what you can do to sleep naturally. With the average adult requiring 7-9 hours of shut-eye a night…. you’re probably thinking no chance! For many of us, sleep is something that either eludes us or we forsake when life gets hectic. When in fact sleeping is just as important as the food we eat and the air we breathe. Nothing affects how you look or how you feel as much as sleep, or therefore, lack of it. Lack of sleep or insomnia affects almost everyone at some stage in their life and can be caused by many factors.

Symptoms of Insomnia

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Intermittently waking through the night
  • Difficulty getting back to sleep once woken
  • Waking up too early and not being able to fall back asleep
  • Still feeling tired the next day
  • Lack of energy during the day
  • Inability to concentrate due to feeling tired
  • Snapping at people and generally feeling grumpy…..BECAUSE YOU’RE TIRED!

Well, I guess most of us can tick some of those boxes, so let’s have a look at what you can do to make sure you can sleep naturally.

Bedtime Tips

  1. Set your bedtime and stick to it!
  2. Don’t over nap in the day, one 20 minute nap and no more
  3. Turn off all gadgets at least an hour before going to bed.
  4. Have your last meal of the day at least 3 hours before bedtime
  5. Set the light, not too light, not too dark
  6. Have a warm relaxing bath
  7. Try breathing techniques to calm and relax the mind.

You can try counting sheep but this has never worked for me!

Our Top Picks to Fall Asleep Naturally

Magnesium

Increasing your magnesium intake has wondrous effects on sleep quality; this is down to the fact that magnesium is a known muscle relaxant. You can add magnesium flakes to a bath for a relaxing soak. Or use magnesium spray directly to the body to deliver this essential mineral directly into the skin tissue.

Calcium

Our parents always gave us a glass of warm milk to help us fall asleep…and with good reason. Calcium contains tryptophan, an amino acid the body uses to produce melatonin, a natural hormone that helps induce and maintain sleep. So if you’re struggling to go to sleep, or keep waking through the night, increasing your calcium intake could be the way to go!

Valerian

If stress is your middle name then valerian could be the answer? SleepEezy is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the temporary relief of sleep disturbances due to symptoms of mild anxiety – based on traditional use only. Valerian is often referred to as “Nature’s Valium”, for its calming and sleep-inducing effects.

Essential Oils for Sleep

Essential oils are a natural method for just about anything you can think of, and sleep is no different. Essential oils can be used in many ways to help induce sleep, from relaxing massages to home diffusers. You can use just one type of oil or mix a few to create your own bedtime scent.

Sleep-inducing Oils

  • Lavender
  • Frankincense
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Sandalwood Amayris

Sleep is so important to our overall health and wellbeing, it’s our body’s time to relax, heal and regenerate……ready for another busy day! If you are not getting enough; it’s time to take action and work on getting some all-important zzzzzzzzzzzzz’s