Sleep better naturally!

In November 2011, The Guardian reported that over half of us struggle to get to sleep at night*, and the Great British Sleep Survey 2012 states that women are three times more likely to suffer than men.

 

When suffering sleep deprivation we feel irritable, can lack concentration and energy. Whether it’s difficulty nodding off, staying asleep throughout the night, or just not feeling refreshed when we wake up, it is likely that everybody will suffer poor sleep at some point in their lives.

 

An incredible 42% of people who are on sleeping pills have had sleep problems for over a decade** which suggests the pills are not helping to solve a long term problem.

 

Here are a few of our tips to help you sleep naturally:

 

  1. Ditch the Caffeine

Avoid caffeine later in the day; instead choose a calming beverage before bed like camomile tea or a glass of warm milk

  1. Try aromatherapy

    Essential oils such as rose, lavender, jasmine or sandalwood are known for their relaxing properties.

  2. Bath time ritual

    Unwind in a warm bath, in your mind visualise this as a symbol of washing away the stresses of the day.  This is especially effective if you use some essential oils – The Willow Classic Bath Oils box includes relaxing and calming aromatherapy oils

  3. Dark and quiet

    Grab an eye mask and/or some black out curtains, and then get some earplugs.  By turning off your senses and having no external distractions you will find this much easier to get to sleep.
  1. Relax and Breathe

    Get comfortable on your bed and relax your entire body, let the bed take the weight of your body completely.

    Start with your toes and make sure they are relaxed, think about your legs and consciously relax every muscle, be aware of your thighs, buttocks, abdomen, arms, fingers, chest, shoulders, neck and head and ensure that they are all relaxed and are sinking in to the bed.

    Then, when your body is completely relaxed, focus on your breathing slowly in and out.  Anytime you notice your mind drift away from your breath, slowly bring it back, keep going until you are asleep!

    This easy meditation technique is sure to help you drift off.

 

 

*http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/nov/13/insomnia-health-warning-sleep-survey

**http://www.greatbritishsleepsurvey.com/2012report/#whosTakingSleepingPills