- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Oh To Sleep Like A Baby
Sleepless in Melbourne
Oh to sleep the whole night through, soundly, to sleep like a baby.
A sound deep sleep making you feel refreshed and alive ready to take on and enjoy the new day.
I suffer from insomnia, not severe insomnia, but bad enough that some nights I will only get about four hours sleep not enough to cope with the day ahead.
A most debilitating condition which affects your mood, balance and therefore, general lifestyle and can make existing illness worse.
With this little sleep one is unable to operate properly the next day only enough to potter and to catching up with sleep later, to try and correct the imbalance. A waste of a day really.
Sound gentle slumber during the night would be just right.
Changing Sleeping Patterns
Experts say that sleepless nights are due to unresolved issues in one's life but there are many different factors that contribute and affect each and everyone of us with our sleeping patterns.
Due to bad experiences in one's life, health related problems,menopause,hot weather and many other personal individual problems,these all can contribute to a poor restless sleep at night.
In severe cases of insomnia where a patient is only getting up to three to four hours sleep at night ,doctors will prescribe sleeping tablets which will help short-term allowing the person to sleep at last and have a deep effective sleep.
Sleeping tablets do not by any means solve poor sleeping habits but do give some greatly needed sleep so the body and brain can rest.
New sleeping habits have to be taught to those with a bad sleeping pattern so that a drug free,restful sleep can be achieved.
How to Sleep Better
Ways for a Better Sleep
By changing and adding a few things to your lifestyle you may have a better chance to beat sleeping conditions such as insomnia.
Here are a few suggestions that help me and may help you as well.
Make sure that you have a routine and structure to your day,sounds boring but it does work and it enables you to do many different things in the day and not to over do just the one.
Always include some form of exercise into the day, go to the gym, for a walk, stretching exercises, yoga or pilates, what ever form of exercise you are into.This keeps your body moving,clears the mind and gets that heart rate up.
Don't spend to many hours at a time on the computer with out a break during the day and stop using it late at night.
Computers and TVs stimulate your brain and mental activity,this is not good for you after certain hours in the evening when we should be winding and calming down not up, for the night ahead.
Introduce Yoga and Meditation into your life.
Yoga exercises not only tone your muscles and body they relax your mind whilst in practice. Mediation helps to clear the mind of negative thoughts, aids you not to live in the past or future but be here in the now.
Have a power nap or nanny nap between the hours of two to six for no more though than up to an hour as if you exceed or nap after six this will affect your sleep at bedtime.
Eat well! Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and foods high in protein.Decrease or stop drinking alcohol and drink plenty of water.
Light incense or use aroma therapies oils to relax and reflect.
A few drops of lavender oil on a handkerchief or a sachet of lavender under the pillow helps to calm.
Start taking herbal 'sleep support' tablets or tea at night just before you go to bed.
Read a book before sleep with your tea.
Your Bedroom, A Place For Sleep.
Paint the walls of your bedroom in neutral or pastel shades.White, cream, light greens and blues are very restful colours for sleep as well as a soft pink.
Decorate your room with these same colours, curtains, doona covers, pillows.
No bright colours such as red or orange which stimulates.
De clutter you bedroom.
Remove laptops, TVs and as many electrical appliances as possible as these interfere with our own magnetic fields and can be a course of unrest.
Make your bedroom a haven for rest and tranquillity.
A room for peaceful sleep.