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How To Improve Sleep Naturally

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The importance of a good night's sleep cannot be overemphasised. According to the Harvard Medical School, sleep may play an important role in maintaining brain plasticity and the immune system as well allowing the body to 'restore' itself overnight. Modern life can be fast-paced and stressful making sleep a precious commodity. Fortunately there are natural methods and remedies that can help to ensure a good night's sleep.
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Herbal sleep remedies
Homeopathic sleep remedies
The inability to sleep can be the result of an overly active mind. This may be caused by stimuli including stress and substances that excite the brain. Identifying and eliminating the habits and substances responsible for this excited state can be highly effective in improving sleep patterns.
Substances containing stimulants such as nicotine, caffeine, taurine, ginseng, guarana, alcohol and high levels of sugar should be avoided after 3-4 pm. These will make the brain highly active and can make sleep difficult.
Replace caffeinated tea and coffee with herbal teas before bed. Chamomile and green tea are good options. Warm milk with a teaspoon of honey can also be effective. Avoid drinking large amounts of liquid before bed as you will most likely have to wake to go to the bathroom.
Many herbal and homeopathic sleep remedies are available; experiment until you find one that works for you. Valerian, St John's Wort, Lemon Verbena, Passion Flower, Hops and Chamomile are considered to be some of the more effective remedies.
Try using a journal to record things that are on your mind or are causing agitation or anxiety. Committing your thoughts to paper can help to externalise them and give you perspective.
Establish a bed time routine and reserve the bedroom for sex and sleep only. Ensuring that the room is quiet and completely dark can also be effective.
Try relaxation techniques such as having a warm bath, meditating, breathing exercises or massage. Going to bed relaxed and calm plays an important role in improving sleep quality.
Exercise is vital to sleep quality. Not only does it burn energy which leavs you in need of recovery, it also releases 'feel-good' endorphins in the brain which help to relieve stress.
By combining natural products and a positive pre-bed routine you can vastly improve your sleep quality and overall health and wellness.
Experiment with natural remedies until you find one that you enjoy and which yields the desired results.


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