By Deborah Thomas
Did you know that struggling to sleep is now second most popular complaint after financial problems? We are all in this together, and the best way to get through all these gigantic problems enhanced by the Global Lockdown is sharing very quickly the remedies and tips to prevent us from getting stuck in the rut. The sudden change to all our lives without notice has its negative effect and in all honesty I struggled to sleep too at the beginning weeks of the lockdown because of a change in my routine. Suddenly everyday regardless of the time looked and felt like a Sunday and I find myself wanting to do what I do on Sundays, everyday. The stress of these new mode of life add on to all the other problems of uncertainty probably makes it harder to sleep at night.
According the sleep experts from an NHS mental health report, nearly a third of the population were suffering from Insomnia and this was before the Coronavirus Lockdown. So as a nation we were already a sleep deprived nation, compared to one in four Americans suffering from insomnia. With millions of lives turned upside down, there are now enough problems keeping thousands up at night. The medical experts according to research say Insomnia issues resolves itself in about a month with the right remedy but how bad is the situation presently is yet to be proven. The simple remedies would normally go a long way except in chronic insomnia conditions.
Natural insomnia Remedies
- Warm Milk
Warm milk is every grandma favourite sleep remedy and is usually recommended to put you in the sleep mode. Almond milk is particularly rich in calcium that makes the brain produce melatonin, an hormone that promotes sleep.
- Chamomile Tea
if you are not a dairy person, you might want to try drinking some warm Chamomile tea. Known as a mild tranquilizer, with exquisite calming and soothing properties.
– Turn off The TV
There is is quite a large percentage of people that leave their Televisions on at night, and if you are struggling to sleep, the television is definitely a distraction especially disturbing programmes that might get your emotions riled up.
– Perfect Sleep Environment
A clutter free bedroom with clean bedsheets, soft pillows and a comfortable mattress makes it easier to sleep. Sleeping on breathable fabrics like linen or cotton will reduce body odour, irritation or sweat.
– Exercise Daily
Daily exercise for at least 30 minutes and 15 minutes body stretch is good for your wellbeing. This regular routine sends the right message to your brain which in turn will help you sleep better.
Too much light will make it harder to sleep and to get better results dim the lights or wear eye covers to block out
– Daytime Power Naps
You are already deprived of enough sleep so having a 20 minute power nap once a day would give the brain a good boost. Making a habit of having short power naps prevents stress and boots the mood and creativity. This method is tried and tested and one can feel refreshed almost immediately.
– Smoking Habits
Smoking cigarettes is generally not good for the health and according to an NHS case control study, if you smokers you get less sleep and a lower quality of sleep. As controversial as this may be for chain smokers, perhaps a good place to start is to avoid smoking a few hours to your bedtime possible because of the stimulant effects of the nicotine in the cigarettes.
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