Are you tired of lying awake, wide-eyed into the wee hours of the morning, only to fall asleep briefly before dawn? Today you’re going to get the help that you need, and put an end to your constant tossing and turning at night. It is time to get some sleep.
Insomnia (prolonged sleeplessness) operates in two main areas, that is, physically and mentally. Physically, insomnia can be caused by overeating or eating late at night, poor circulation or night time busyness or hyperactivity. Mentally, insomnia can be caused by anxiety, worry, fear of a negative occurrence (whether consciously or subconsciously) and chronic stress, which of course has a negative effect on the body. Whatever the cause, the constant lack of sleep can be quite injurious to health, increasing the risk for accidents during the day, memory loss, heart disease, irritability and more.
Here are some natural treatments you can try at home, that are sure to help you to get some much needed night-time rest.
Bay Leaf Tea
The rich and soothing properties of bay leaves make them an excellent sleep aid. When consumed near bed time, bay leaves have a mildly sedative effect on the central nervous system, therefore reducing anxiety, promoting relaxation and inducing sleep. They can also be used to aid digestion and can relieve bouts of indigestion and gas. To make this tea, boil three to four medium-sized leaves in two cups of water. When warm, drink the tea one hour before bedtime.
Soursop Leaf Tea
Home to tropical regions, soursop is an exotic fruit and its leaves contain many medicinal properties. In the area of sleep, like bay leaves, soursop leaves are also mildly sedative and are therefore able to reduce anxiety and nervousness, promote relaxation and induce sleep. Soursop leaves are also useful in aiding digestion and boosting the immune system. To make this tea, boil three to four leaves in two cups of water. When warm, drink the tea one hour before bedtime.
Hot Foot Soak
A foot bath is a reliable technique that helps to relax and detoxify the body, improve circulation, reduce high blood pressure and relieve stress. When Epsom salts are added to the foot bath, the magnesium in these salts is absorbed through the skin, promoting relaxation in muscles and blood vessels and reducing inflammation and pain. It is quite healing to the body and mind. To make your own foot bath, use a basin that is large enough for you to comfortably rest both your feet in. Fill the basin with very warm water (as hot as you can bear) until the water covers your ankles for the least. Dissolve ? cup of Epsom salts in the water, and soak your feet in the basin for 15 minutes. It is highly recommended that you drink a hot cup of bay leaf or soursop leaf tea while soaking your feet.
Find Ways to De-Stress
Your body will always reflect the state of your mind. When your mind is not at rest, neither will your body be at rest. Combined with the above remedies, you must find ways to relieve your stress. This can include moderate daily exercise, removing yourself from noisy and aggravating environments and creating a peaceful atmosphere where you live and work, frequent prayer and meditation, massages, writing, reading and more. Whatever helps you to unwind, make it a daily habit and it will do wonders for you when you go to bed at night.
I’m sure that these remedies will help you in your quest for a good night’s sleep. Best wishes on your journey to better health.