Our bodies are unique and self-sustaining in that, it has the capacity to regenerate. It has the ability to heal wounds, re-grow cells and tissues, and fix imbalances in order to revert to its natural state of well-being.
Aside from proper nutrition, good sleep is another important factor that allows the body to regain its rejuvenated state. We can’t stress enough how essential sleep is on our lives, but if you need more convincing then be sure to read our post: Why we love to sleep (And so should you)!
Now let’s dive into some tips that can help your body recuperate:
- Discipline your body clock
- Set an alarm or make a conscious effort to sleep at the same time every night, including weekends. This instructs your body to stick to a routine and help you fall asleep faster, daily.
- Light perfumed candles, use essential oils or burn incense
- Certain scents provide a feeling of relaxation and calmness which leads to drowsiness. Try using Lavender, Bergamot, Jasmine, Sandalwood, and Rose to put you in a peaceful state.
- Concentrate on your breathing
- It is often overlooked but breathing very important to your well-being. The simple act of inhaling and exhaling regulates the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide in your body. In turn, this allows your cells and organs to function properly.
- Keep the room dark
- Just like fight or flight, your body has natural signals indicating when it is time for rest and recuperation. Innately, you are more active during daylight and restful come night time. Turning off the lights or wearing an eye mask replicates this reaction and allows your body to produce melatonin, a hormone that regulates your body’s sleep and wake cycles.
- Use comfortable beddings
- This includes premium bed sheets, pillows, and mattress. It’s important to be comfortable and have uninterrupted sleep in order to reach all stages of sleep as this allows for full recovery.
- Read a book
- Preferably a paperback book as the light on a Kindle, computer or your phone might be glaring. Reading a book calms your mind by narrowing on a particular topic or idea. This alleviates mental distractions and helps you get a good night’s sleep
- Exercise regularly
- There is a lot of statistical data showing that a consistent workout prevents insomnia and sleep deprivation. Make sure to hit the gym or do your stretches hours before you sleep to give your body time to cool down.
- Listen to a relaxing music
- Try playing a soft background music like a bamboo flute, harp, violin or even rain sounds. Doing so calms your mind and signals your brain to unwind.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine or cigarettes prior to sleep
- Generally, these are all to avoid discomfort and sleep interruption in the middle of the night. Remember that the goal is to sleep deeply throughout the night and to avoid distractions where possible.
- Adjust the temperature
- Take a shower to cool your body before hitting the sheets. Make sure that your room is not too hot or too cold for you. Use a bed sheet set that helps regulate your body temperature.
Say goodbye to insomnia and all-nighters when you try these effective tips. Incorporate them into your day-to-day habits and before you know it, it will be a part of your everyday routine.
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” -Dr. Seuss.
We hope that through these advice, your dreams will be as great as your reality.