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Better Sleep Naturally

In spite of anything they might do, a lot of people have a hard time getting to sleep.

Fortunately, there are some simple ways to fix this. But first it is a good idea to understand why sleep is eluding you. Here is a list of possible causes of insomnia:

  1. Personal problems. Job stress, relationship problems or money worries can all affect sleep. Why? Usually it is because you are lying awake worrying about these things. With the world economy in the dumps, job and money stress are big deals for many people.
  2. Health issues. If you have chronic pain or other health problems, these can interfere with sleep. At the same time, if you are taking medications for these issues, these can also interfere with sleep. The drugs might not keep you awake, but they often keep you from deep, restoring sleep.
  3. Your sleeping environment. This can be a big problem. A poor sleeping environment can stop you from getting the rest you need. Even small things can create problems.

Natural Approaches for Better Sleep

Before we get to the easiest natural ways to sleep well, it makes sense to touch on some of the unnatural ones.

A large number of people with sleeping problems rely on over-the-counter and prescription medications. You’ve seen all the ads for these. They promise you great sleep, but the reality is often different. These drugs try to force your body to sleep. And this can cause problems. Side effects and dependency are the worst of the problems. But sometimes they just plain don’t work. Before resorting to these, try some of the natural steps mentioned below.

Step One

Pay attention to how food affects your sleep. If you are in the habit of eating right before bed, test how this affects you. You can do that on of two ways. Either don’t snack in the two hours before bed, or else change what you snack on.

If you decide to change what you snack on, try eating the opposite of what you are used to eating. In other words, if you normally eat a concentrated carbohydrate (bread, cookies, fruit or fruit juice), try some protein. Nuts might do the trick. For some people whole milk dairy works. If you are used to a protein snack, try a piece of fresh fruit instead. See if any of these food changes improve how long or how deeply you sleep.

Step Two

Get some exercise. Exercise burns off energy and helps release stress. As a result, you may sleep better. You may want to avoid exercising too close to bed time since that could be overly stimulating and not get you the sleep you want.

Step Three

Even if you are tired during the day, try to get by without a nap. This may help reset your body to a more natural rhythm of nighttime sleep.

Step Four

Do relaxing things before bedtime. Hint: this doesn’t include watching the news. Instead, take a nice warm bath, read a book you enjoy or write a personal journal. Even just doing deep breathing can help you drift off to sleep more easily.

Step Five

If the above haven’t worked, you may want to make your bedroom more sleep friendly. Make sure there is no light showing at night. Even turn off your night light. Get blackout blinds. Soundproof your room or get a white noise machine.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

P.S. Insomnia can be a major cause of fatigue. In the next week I’ll be releasing a new program, “Fight Fatigue and Win!” If fatigue affects you or someone you love take a look at this when it comes out. It will help beat fatigue and increase your quality of life naturally. Look for my announcement later this week for special early-bird pricing on this program.

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