There is nothing more relaxing than drifting away to the dreamland as soon as you hit the sheets. A goodnight’s sleep ensures that you wake up fully-rested to brave the day. Sadly, in today’s increasingly hectic world, sleep has become a luxury which not everyone can afford. From work-place pressure to a demanding and stressful urban lifestyle, for a lot of people sleeplessness is a common occurrence.
What is insomnia?
If you spend majority of the night tossing and turning in your bed, you might be suffering from insomnia. While there is a common misconception that insomnia is the complete lack of sleep, it is actually a condition which prevents you from having a sound sleep. There are plenty of reasons which may cause a disturbed sleep including poor lifestyle habits, poor diet, stress, depression and anxiety.
Excessive usage of gadgets including smartphones can create a barrier in getting the desired amount of sleep. The array of technology makes it difficult for the human mind to switch off and catch some shut-eye.
Did you know not getting the adequate amount of sleep or having undisturbed and poor quality sleep, can have serious long and short term consequences? Yes, you read that right. We present you four simple ways you can battle insomnia naturally.
1.The magic of essential oils
It is common knowledge that essentials oils can be used for a variety of purposes. The lavender essential oil can help in calming your mind and body, preparing you for sleep. You can spray some of the oil on your pillow and bedsheets before hitting the bed. You can also breathe in its fragrance to sleep better.
2. Wash your sheets
There is a reason why the hotel beds look so inviting and cosy–the sheets are clean and the beds are well made. So, if the sleep has been evading you, clean your sheets and make sure they smell fresh. You can also make your bed properly and fluff your pillows. Cooldown your bedroom. Reducing your body temperature signals your brain to release the sleep hormone, melatonin.
3. Get the sunshine vitamin
Go for a walk outdoors to catch the sun, within an hour of waking up. The chemical secretions in our brains are in tandem with exposure to light.
4. Watch what you are eating
If you eat a lot of sugar-laden food items before hitting the sheets, you are bound to stay up all night. Instead, consider drinking a glass of warm milk and a slice of toasted bread. Certain herbal teas like chamomile, lemongrass and lavender can relax your body and mind, and promote better sleep.