7 Natural Methods To a Great Night Sleep

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Raise your hand if you have frequent problems either getting to sleep or staying asleep through the entire night. Did you raise it your hand? If your circadian rhythm isn't cutting it for you and you just don't want to depend on melatonin supplements, then it may be time to look into some natural ways to get the sleep you need. Don't worry, we've already done the work for you and listed the top 7 natural methods to a great nights rest for you. (You can thank us later).

1. Lavender drops on your pillow

Lavender is known for its sleep inducing properties which is backed by scientific research. If you drop 2-3 drops of lavender on your pillow it’ll help you drift off into sleep land faster than you can say 1-2-3.

2. Diffuse cedarwood + lavender

If you don't want to put essential oil on your pillow there are several other ways to use it; like diffusing it! Put 3 drops of lavender oil in an oil diffuser by your bed at night and add 3 drops of cedarwood oil for an extra soothing scent. The two oils compliment each other and are almost guaranteed to have you drifting off to sleep.

3. Turn off your phone

Smart phones and Wifi produce electromagnetic fields (EMFs) that can cause several sleeping issues. It is a good idea to never allow phones in your bedroom and to turn off your Wifi before going to sleep if you’re having sleep problems. However, if you would like to keep your phone in your room because you use it as an alarm you can always turn it to airplane mode (that stops EMFs too).

4. Take an Epsom salt bath

Epsom salt contains Magnesium which is calming to our central nervous system and helps us rest. Magnesium is the number one mineral that our body burns when we are under too much stress. Many of us are deficient in Magnesium, so taking a 20 minute Epsom salt bath before bed can help to reduce stress and get us to sleep faster.

5. Get enough Vitamin A

Vitamin A is vital to our circadian rhythm because it is the mineral that tells our brain when it is nighttime and daytime. When we don’t get enough Vitamin A our body can have trouble falling asleep, getting good sleep, and staying asleep. So, make sure you consume foods that contain high volumes of Vitamin A. These include foods such as eggs, grass-fed meats, culture dairy, etc.

6. Meditate

Meditation is a fantastic way to slow down from the day, reflect, and be clam in the moment. When you lay your head down for the night and your mind is still going at a thousand miles an hour your body will feel like it is still time to be awake and you will therefore lose essential sleeping time. Remember to prepare your mind for bed before actually laying down in it.

7. Eat!

Whether you’ve hit your second wind in the evening and can’t fall asleep or wake up in the middle of the night not able to fall back to sleep it might be wise to grab a snack. Sleeping problems are sometimes due to high cortisol or high blood pressure levels which can be brought down by a piece of raw cheese or a spoonful of almond butter. So, don't worry about the “don’t eat after 7pm” rule and get yourself some quick food.