With a new study out on Friday revealing that exercise does not have an immediate positive effect on insomnia (Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine), it could seem that there are limited ‘natural’ ways in which we can improve our night’s sleep.
Fortunately this is not the case, there are many simple, chemical-free ways in which we can help ourselves enjoy a better night sleep, including,
• Cut out that late evening coffee or bar of chocolate. Caffeine is a stimulant that can stay in your system for several hours, making it more difficult for you to ‘drop off’ naturally.
• Remove technology from your bedroom. The bright light from computer, tablet and smartphone screens all contribute to night time restlessness by interfering with melatonin, the hormone which controls the natural sleep/wake cycle.
• Avoid ‘sleep disturbing’ foods. Spicy and fatty foods can cause heartburn, also did you know that foods such as cheese, bacon, soy sauce and red wine contain tyramine which causes the release of norepiniephrine, a brain stimulant?
There are also off-the-shelf natural sleep aids to help too, including Sleep Patch-It® a natural sleep aid made with 100% certified organic essential oils which I’ve recently been sent to trial.
Sleep Patch-It® are plaster style reflexology patches that are placed on the soles of the feet Viagra before bed to soothe, calm and relax the body and mind to improve the quality of your sleep.
Based on the principles of reflexology, the patches warm the feet by delivering FAR-infrared energy (the same energy waves emitted by the sun) to stimulate the key reflexology points on the feet.
Although a little skeptical at first, I experienced a deeper, longer night’s sleep after wearing the Sleep Patch-It® patches. My husband agreed, after suffering several sleepless nights himself, he confirmed the patches gave him a longer, undisturbed night’s sleep too.
Containing Mandarin Wood Vinegar to support healthy circulation and aid the body’s natural detoxification channels, as well as 100% certified organic Lavender, Sage, Basil, Bergamot and Ylang Ylang oils, in a sleep disturbance trial the patches reduced the amount of time troubled sleepers spent awake every night by a staggering 40%. In addition, participants who suffered from chronic sleep disturbance experienced a 20% reduction in the time take to fall asleep (NetDoctor)
So if you suffer from restless nights but don’t want to turn to medication, why not see if these natural sleep tips do the trick?
Sleep Patch-It £29.99 for 20 patches and £3.99 for 2 patches
Available from Holland and Barrett, www.naturesdream.co.uk or from selected health stores and pharmacies nationwide.