Let's Talk Sleep

These last few years have been a real eye-opener for many in taking better care of themselves.  People have learned that we can avoid severe diseases by making lifestyle changes.  Individuals have learned new ways to stay healthy and recover from sickness.  Some include eating the right foods, staying fit, supplementing our diets, and getting quality sleep.

I was a drill sergeant when my kids were younger, taking naps.  I knew the importance of napping and getting proper sleep.  I understood how it would affect their development, health, and well-being.  I also learned how necessary it was for me to rest simultaneously.  I worked hard to develop an effective routine that would help me fall asleep at night and stay asleep to feel well-rested. 

Sleep is something that takes work for everyone.  50 to 70 million people in the U.S. suffer from long or short-term insomnia at some point, and if not addressed, it can lead to many health issues.  The long-term effects of lack of sleep can affect your mind, heart, weight, immune system, and overall length of your life. 

Getting between 7 to 9 hours of sleep for adults can benefit in many ways, from keeping your heart healthy, reducing your stress, improving your memory, and helping you stay balanced.  So, let's discuss some of the ways to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

Tea - Try a nighttime tea with calming and relaxing ingredients like chamomile, valerian root, lavender, or passionflower.

Supplements - Consult your Doctor and research natural remedies like Melatonin, L-Theanine, or CBD before bedtime.

Environment - Stay off electronics in the evening and keep the temperature of your room comfortable and relaxed.

Essential oils - Combine lavender oil with your favorite unscented body moisturizer.  Massage your feet and arms and breathe in the scent on your hands.

Breathing - Just before closing your eyes, take a deep breath and inhale through your nose for four counts, then hold your breath for seven counts, and then exhale through your mouth for a count of eight. 

I also recommend investing in soft and breathable sheets and comfortable bedding.  Having suitable pillows and trying to create a cozy space will go a long way in helping you get the rest you need. 


My affirmation for you this week is;

"I will make every effort to get the right amount of sleep to continue living my best and most beautifulife"


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