“I’ll sleep when I’m dead!” is a common phrase in our on-the-go society. Sleep is looked at as laziness and a waste of time, when really it’s anything but! Getting adequate sleep is essential for boosting your immune system, lowering risk of chronic illnesses, weight maintenance, promoting proper brain function, keeping your mood stable, and so on. Those who sleep enough are known for having higher energy levels and are better able to focus and think clearly.
Many people rely on sleeping pills to help them get a good night’s sleep. Although these are a quick fix for sleeping problems, they don’t correct the reasons why these troubles occur in the first place. Sleeping pills are also known for causing side effects such as prolonged drowsiness, headaches, dizziness, daytime memory and performance problems, parasomnia, and withdrawals. Additionally, your body can become dependent on sleeping pills, making it close to impossible to fall asleep naturally.
Here are 3 ways that you can optimize your sleep cycle naturally without sleeping pills:
Get some sunshine: When your body is exposed to natural sunlight during the day, this helps reset your body’s internal clock or circadian rhythm, making it more likely to feel sleepy when darkness falls. Take a morning walk during the sunrise, eat your lunch outside at work, or take an afternoon stroll around the neighborhood to make sure your body gets the sunshine it needs.
Unplug: Spending time on your computer or phone in the evening exposes your body to blue light, tricking it into thinking it’s daytime. This can prevent you from being able to fall or stay asleep. Set a timer to remind yourself when to turn electronics off, ideally around the time that the sun goes down. If you have to continue using electronics, install a bluelight blocking app on them or invest in glasses that block blue spectrum light.
Change the aroma: Use relaxing essential oils, such as lavender, to set a relaxing tone in the evening. Lavender is known for its calming effects, which is helpful for promoting sleep. You can use a diffuser to fill your bedroom with the lavender aroma, or simple place a few drops of lavender oil on your blankets and pillows.
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