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, Best Natural Sleep Aids, Dr. Nicolle

It’s Wellness Wednesdays! We’ll talk about the best natural sleep aids. Sleep is the most important thing you do for your health and wellbeing. Sleep is vital for your body to replenish, repair, and rejuvenate. Sleep is also vital for various other functions as well, such as learning, memory, and creativity. Unfortunately, many of us do not get enough sleep, and this has a profound effect on our health and wellbeing.

 

And… you know how it is… you’re tired, you’re stressed, and you just want to go to sleep, but you can’t. You try to sleep, and nothing happens. You toss and turn, and it doesn’t make a difference. You worry that you’ll never fall asleep again. Perhaps you’re even feeling a little depressed. So what should you do? Well, we believe that there is a natural way to get to sleep, and we’ll tell you what it is below.

 

So, if you’re having trouble sleeping, but don’t want to poison your body with harmful sleeping pills, there are a number of natural sleep aids you could try instead. Read on to learn more about the best natural sleep aids that could have you sleeping like a baby again in no time at all!

, Best Natural Sleep Aids, Dr. Nicolle

Why Can’t I Sleep?

Take a look at your daily routine and you may discover what’s causing your sleeping issues. Are you under a lot of pressure or stress? Have you changed your diet or used a new medication? These factors may be affecting your sleep pattern and may be the cause of your insomnia.

 

 

Here are three quick changes you can make that may help you get a better night’s sleep:

 

 

1. Avoid eating too close to bedtime. 

Your body needs ample time to digest your food before you sleep. The best time to eat your dinner is about 4 hours before your bedtime.

 

 

2. Avoid caffeine. 

Tea, coffee, and most sodas are full of caffeine, so avoid these drinks after lunch.

 

 

3. Avoid television and video games before bed. 

These are far too stimulating and you’ll find it much harder to fall to sleep afterwards.

 

 

Natural and Organic Sleep Aids

Here are some of the best organic sleep aids available:

  • Adding a drop of lavender oil to your pillow will help you fall asleep faster and sleep for a longer time. Lavender oil also works well in the bath. Taking a long soak in the tub with the essential oil will help you fully relax before bed.
  • Chamomile, which you can drink as a tea, has an amazing calming effect and promotes better sleep.
  • Chinese medicines & acupuncture can both help you get a better night’s sleep. Speak to your local Chinese herbalist, naturopath, or acupuncturist to tailor a treatment plan to suit your needs.
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Create a Relaxing Environment

Your place of sleep is very important. You may need to transform your room into a more relaxing environment to help you sleep.

  • Keep your room uncluttered with minimal distractions. Don’t watch TV or work in your bedroom. Instead, assign another room in your house for these activities.
  • If you have a ticking clock or an alarm with a light up display, get rid of it. Rid your bedroom of as many electrical items as possible or switch them off.
  • Set your thermostat for a comfortable temperature that’s conducive for sleep, and wear comfortable, loose fitting bedclothes.
  • It’s best to sleep in a quiet, dark room, but this isn’t always easy to achieve. If light and noise are an issue, a quick fix is to sleep with earplugs and a sleeping mask.

Mind, Body and Spirit

It can be difficult to properly wind down from a busy, stressful day. Fortunately, there are three quick relaxation techniques that can help you transition into a more relaxed state and prepare you for sleep.

 

1. Meditation.

You can practice this in bed before you sleep and it will help you drift off. You’ll be able to forget about your day and allow your mind to fully unwind.

 

2. Yoga.

There are number of gentle yoga styles that focus on light stretching and breathing techniques. These only take 10-15 minutes and can be done just before bed.

 

3. Relaxation CDs.

You can also listen to relaxation CDs to help you get to sleep. These range from soothing music tracks to the sounds of ocean waves. These sounds have a particularly relaxing effect and will also help you sleep more soundly.

 

 

A good night’s sleep helps to keep you healthy by giving your mind and body time to replenish. Follow these strategies to help you sleep well and wake up each morning feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead!

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, Best Natural Sleep Aids, Dr. Nicolle

 

I really wanted to talk about this topic today because your natural health and wellness is important. You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of poor health, including chronic disease, so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.

 

I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you lose weight, and maybe reverse some chronic diseases (if you suffer from them). In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.

 

Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

 

Stay healthy,

 

Dr. Nicolle

 

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