So, here are some things I am doing to help insure a good night's sleep ... getting at least 7 hours each night (recommended hours of sleep is 7-9 hours):
- Warm Milk: Dairy foods contain tryptophan, a sleep-promoting substance. Other foods that contain this sleep-aid include poultry, oats, bananas and honey.
- Cut caffeine out of my diet after 12pm. Yep, this means no tea at bedtime, which was a usual ritual for me.
- Aromatherapy: I warm a lavender scent in my bedroom each night using my Scentsy warmer. Studies have shown that the scent of gardenia also has relaxing capabilities.
- Tart Cherry Juice: This little miracle in a bottle has helped me more than prescription strength sleep aids, such as Ambien and Lunesta (both of which I have been prescribed). The melatonin levels in this juice has helped me get numerous night's sleep ... sleeping soundly and waking up refreshed. Costco carries a brand called Sweet Slumber (in liquid form).
- Exercise: Say what?!? Yeah, working at a gym has it's benefits, and working out in the morning or afternoon hours (not too close to bedtime, preferably before 4pm), definitely makes my body ready for bedtime.
Bottom line, sleep is so very important to our health. While I am still working on my issues, I strive to get in the rest that my body and my brain needs to help me function at healthy levels throughout each day. Caffeine no longer helps pick me up when I am in a slump, and nobody likes (or deserves) my crazy mood swings. When I am rested, I feel better physically and emotionally.
Sleep ... it does the body good!
Please share some sleep advice that helps you recharge!