bedside table essentials
Getting enough sleep is so important for almost every process of the body! I for one am an absolute nightmare to deal with if I don't get my 8 hours of sleep, but it is not just about length of sleep, but quality.
While we sleep, our bodies are producing and regulating lots of different hormones, and is the time when are bodies are doing their best repair work. If we don't sleep enough, our immunity is compromised, our cortisol (inflammatory stress hormones) levels go up, our skin, hair and eyes dull, and of course our mental state, self esteem and ability to deal with stress are diminished (and high cortisol causes weight gain )
Some of the best ways I have found to help out your chances of getting a solid nights shut eye are:
- completely eliminating blue light-emiting objects at least 2 hours before bed time (all electronic devices, computers, mobile phones especially! Charge your phone overnight in the kitchen so the temptation is not there). Rediscover books (David Attenborough's biography! Do it!) or try candle gazing or another easy form of meditation
- lavender oil: 100% essential, applied to the pillow. Makes your hair smell amazing too!
- Neil Young. Love his music so much but seriously what a snooze-fest. Go directly to sleep, do not collect $200.
- valerian root tea. (I have not found the OTC homeopathic capsules to be effective. The tea most definitely IS!) This is the most effective sleep aid I have ever tried. The kind of 'do not operate heavy machinery or sign legal documents' type of sleep aid. 1.5 teaspoons steeped in hot water and you will drop immediately into a restful sleep and wake feeling refreshed. I get mine from the Happy Herb shop ($9 for a packet but lasts a long time). I generally recommend only to those NOT on anti depressant medication, and only those who truly struggle to sleep (either falling asleep or staying asleep)
Hope this helps, as I constantly treat the sleep deprived in my clinic, and people don't seem to realise how much of a big deal it is to your overall health! X
— at The Edible Pharmacy.