Natural Ways to Wind Down
After a long day, sleep sounds better than ever. But sometimes it is difficult to fall asleep because your mind is still going at a mile a minute. And sleep is absolutely crucial to health and wellness. Sleep helps restore the body, repair tissues, and promote cognitive function. One of the most helpful things you can do to get both your mind and your body ready for bed is to establish a wind down routine. Our bodies love routines, and they become accustomed to them in a short amount of time, so if you perform yours repeatedly, you will undoubtedly find that come bed time, you fall asleep and stay asleep more easily. Here are some great ways to wind down before bed.
Stretching helps relieve muscle tension and stress from the day, and encourages the body in to a state of relaxation. Soreness does nothing to help you sleep, so a regular stretching routine can up your flexibility, promote better circulation, and increase your range of motion in the long run. Try shoulder shrugs, calf stretches, and gentle neck stretches. These regions of the body bear a lot of brunt throughout the day when it comes to supporting weight and storing stress, so give them some attention to enjoy a more restful night's sleep.
Taking a warm bath, or even shower, before bed can help nudge your body and mind in to that pre-sleep phase. The rise in body temperature, and ensuing fall once you get out, is similar to the natural process your body goes through when you lie down. So in essence, you are just starting the process sooner. It can also be soothing to muscles, and can give you a moment of peace to clear your mind and prepare for quality sleep.
This might seem like a weird one, but aromatherapy is actually very effective at inducing sleepiness and feelings of relaxation. Try scented candles (lavender is great), oils, plug-ins, or even soaps in your pre-bed bath. Calming scents like lavender trigger something in the brain that puts you at ease, so give it a try and see how beneficial it actually can be.
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