Having trouble getting some shut eye? Roughly 60 million people suffer insomnia at some point in the year. While 30 to 35 percent of Americans simply suffer short term-insomnia, 10% suffer chronic insomnia and struggle to get to sleep for weeks or even months at a time.
Up to 4% of Americans use prescription sleep aides in a given month. Many more use over the counter sleeping pills. Clearly, sleep can be hard to come by for many people. That’s why we want to take a moment to go over some tips for naturally getting sleep. Of course, if you’re struggling to sleep, consider reaching out to a doctor.
Regardless, there are all natural methods you can use to get to sleep, including herbal pillows, proper exercise and eating habits, and even melatonin.
1. Get some exercise during the day
Ample exercise during the day will help you use up your energy reserves. Exercise will also make you tired. The end result could be catching more shut eye at night.
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2. Make Sure You Have a Great Pillow and Supportive Bed
Having the right bed and pillow can go a long way towards helping you get to sleep. Both your pillow and bed should be supportive and comfortable.
Our natural herbal pillows, including the Blue Silk Eye Pillow, have become quite popular for people who are struggling to sleep. Herbal pillows can help you relax and sooth your unsteady nerves.
Really struggling with sleep? Thinking about taking Unisom or talking to your doctor about prescriptions? One over-the-counter option is melatonin. Your body produces melatonin, and helps it know the difference between night and day. By taking melatonin, you may be able to encourage your body to go into “sleep mode.”
4. The Right Diet
You probably don’t need to be told this, but caffeine before bed is a bad idea. Foods high in fat or protein right before bed may detrimentally affect your sleep. The same is true of spicy food. Alcohol can disrupt your sleep cycle.
On the other hand, foods rich in Vitamin B6 (i.e. sunflower seeds), calcium, and Magnesium (dark, leafy greens) may help you fall asleep and stay asleep longer. Chamomile tea is also a favorite among those looking to catch up on sleep.
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5. Destress Before Bed
Finally, if you’re laying down stressed out before bed, your chances of catching a solid night of sleep are greatly reduced. Try to destress. Easier said than done, of course, but there are some things you could try.
First, chamomile tea could help. Second, meditation, even simple deep breaths, can help. Still not working? Try our stress relieving detox patch. Our herbal pillows can also be effective for reducing stress.