Tips to help us sleep

Sleep is such a common problem. We tend to think that if there’s nothing on our mind, we will sleep, but issues with sleep stem deeper. Our unconscious can be the very reason we don’t sleep.

We need to limit the amount we drink near bedtime, particularly drinks containing caffeine. Herbal drinks like chamomile, lemon balm, hops or passion flower are great alternatives. Alcohol although it initially makes us feel sleepy, is more likely to wake us up when we’re trying to sleep.

Keeping our bodies hydrated during the day helps with sleep as does coming off social media and switch off our televisions and laptop at least an hour before bedtime. Sadly, watching television too near sleep time, triggers a chemical in the brain that interferes with ours pattern of sleep. Instead read a book, it’s the perfect remedy to help aid a restful night’s sleep.

De-clutter your life. You’ll be amazed how simplifying your life can simplify your mind and your sleep. Also, fill a small travel spray with water and oils such as Clary sage and lavender essential oils and use the spray on bed linen and clothes that should also help with sleep.

Sleeping in separate bedrooms may seem drastic, but if you sleep with someone who either snores or is restless, it should possibly be a consideration. As we age, our sleep needs change, so does our need for sleep. Change your toggle quilt if you use them to match the season. That way you’ll stay cool in the summer and stay warm in the winter.

Other tips include taking a prebiotic powder in a little water or juice for an hour before you go to bed, two kiwi-fruits an hour before bed, or a warm bath. Essential oil patches such as lavender also helps aid sleep too.


19 Jul, 2010

6 thoughts on “Tips to help us sleep

  1. I like all of your suggestions and my wife does the seasonal linens. I also sleep better on higher thread counts. Maria sprays the bed with some Florida water and it’s very soothing. My biggest problem is if I am on the computer it makes it harder to calm down and go to sleep so I’m going to set some limitations on the computer for myself. I have some excellent books I’ve been wanting to read. Looks like an hour before bed will be good for that.

    1. Brian you’re absolutely right. Reading before going to bed is brilliant, helps you wind down so that you can sleep.. you are also right about being on the computer too near to bed time. Time to change your routine so that you can sleep better!

  2. Thanks for the tips! You mentioned many things that I wouldn’t have considered with regard to sleep. I have tried the de-cluttering aspect that you brought up and it does work! Always interesting how so many simple things can make a big difference.

    1. LeAnna, you’re absolutely right about the simple things making the biggest difference in our lives. Let me know how you get on with any of the changes you make.

  3. Excellent tips! All of them are right on. I use some of them already and they certainly work. Also not eating a heavy meal before sleep helps, cause your digestion will be working and that will keep you awake. Great post Ilana! Thank you, Lisa

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