Whether you are experiencing chronic insomnia or the occasional sleepless night, it is not only frustrating but could damage your health and quality of life. A person’s physical and mental health really depends on getting the proper amount of rest. While that is all true, what you need to know is how to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night. The following tips are a little unconventional, but may result in you finally getting the rest you need so they are worth a try.
Six insomnia busters to prevent sleepless nights
Rock out – Rocking is a tried and true method for getting babies to sleep and as it turns out, is quite effective for helping grownups fall asleep too. According to an interesting study, rocking did help people drift to sleep faster, but better than that it also increased the time spent in a deep, restorative stage of sleep.
- Rock in a rocking chair before bed
- Gently swing in a hammock
- Rock on the floor while holding arms around bent knees
Rub thumb – Try this super easy trick for falling asleep; rub the inside edge of your thumb for about a minute, and then repeat on the other hand. According to reflexology this method is effective because of the acupressure point it hits. This area corresponds to the pineal gland which is responsible for the hormone melatonin.
Skip the pj.’s – Sleeping in the buff was proven to help 80% of research participants fall asleep faster and wake up more refreshed according to Woman’s World.
Breathing pattern – Try focusing on your breathing by setting rules such as inhale through nose while your tongue is firmly on the roof of your mouth, then exhale through your mouth and let you tongue drop. Repeating this several times can help you relax and invite sleep. Concentrating on your breathing is a natural way to induce relaxation since it has a hypnotic effect.
Flower power– Pop a sleeping pill that will not leave you feeling off the next day. Check your local health food store or online for Shankhpushpi which is a flowering herb that helps cure insomnia according to the book “Healing Without Medication.” Taking this herb two times a day can help regulate your body’s production of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol and make peaceful sleep a part of your routine.
Grab a book – My mom always told me to read a book if I was having trouble sleeping and to this day she is right. If insomnia is your problem, then stay away from the computer, phone and TV screens before bedtime. The bright lights can interfere with the brain’s natural release of melatonin and disrupt your rest. Grab a book instead.
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