Sleep disorders are a common problem for many adults, and these disorders can include conditions like restless leg syndrome, insomnia, sleep walking, bed wetting, narcolepsy, sleep apnea and night terrors. This can be difficult conditions to deal with and can affect energy levels, emotional well-being and overall health. Below are five natural remedies to help with sleep disorders and make it easier to get a good night’s sleep.
Massaging the body with oil before bedtime can help relax you and make it easier to get a good night’s sleep. Using coconut or mustard oil will help with circulation but also relax the nerves and make sleep easier. To do this, warm a small amount of oil and rub this into your neck, shoulders and feet. Do this with a gentle, circular motion for 5-10 minutes and make this part of your nightly bedtime ritual.
Soaking in a bath of Epsom salts before a few hours before going to bed is another natural way to help the body relax and to achieve sounder sleep. The secret is the magnesium found in the Epsom salts, which with help with body aches and sore muscles, but also helps to relax the nerves and prepares the body for bed.
The mild tranquilizing properties of chamomile have long been used to help with insomnia and other sleep issues. To make, mix 2-3 teaspoons of the dried flower into a cup of boil water; let it steep for 3-5 minutes, then strain it and drink about an hour before going to bed. This helps provide natural relaxation and can be safely taken nightly if needed.
A glass of warm milk before bedtime is another natural remedy for sleep problems: it is rich in calcium, which helps stimulate the body’s production of melatonin, the hormone that is responsible for establishing a sleep cycle. To make, mix a quarter of a teaspoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey into a glass of warm milk and drink about an hour before bedtime.
The smell of lavender is another natural way to achieve a sense of calm before going to bed at night. Studies have shown that using this oil for aromatherapy not only increases the length of time which people stay asleep, it also add to a feel of being refreshed upon awaking. To take advantage of this, place a handkerchief with a drop or two of the oil under your pillow or take a bath scented with lavender before you go to bed.
These are all natural, healthy ways in which you can achieve a sound night’s sleep and wake up refreshed in the morning. None of these methods require a great deal of expense or effort, but they can make a huge difference to the quality of your sleep and to your health in general.
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