Need a Sleeping Aid?

Updated: Oct 21, 2020

8 ways to better slumber for you and your kids.

By Maritza Dearing

If you or your kids are having trouble finding deep slumber, you're not alone. There are more than 60 million Americans that find themselves not having quality sleep.

While the reasons may vary from stress, anxiety, thoughts overload or medical reasons, lacking or disturbed sleep will affect physical, emotional and mental health. It may also contribute to weight gain, memory loss, depression, high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Luckily, there are many holistic ways to help aid sleep without having to worry about side affects. Below are some ways to consider.

8 Ways to help you sleep better

Exercise: Moving your body, especially doing cardio workouts, will help your body and mind find some balance. Cardiovascular exercising releases endorphins (feel good chemical) that helps the body stay awake and helps one feel happy. This may help release extra energy in the body and balance stress, anxiety and depression. If you must exercise in the evening, do so at least 3-4 hours before bedtime.

Night time Drinks: Try drinking some warm milk (add a little cinnamon), chamomile tea or tart cherry juice, which have been known to help bring a sense of ease and calm to the body. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can interfere with sleep.

Set the mood: Creating a more calm environment in your bedroom will help set the mood for better sleep. You can keep your room dark, add some meditation or calming music and use an essential oil diffuser with lavender oil. You may also place an Amethyst crystal which helps to bring calm and peace to any environment.

Designate your bedroom for sleep: Only use your bedroom for sleep (or intimacy). Bringing the work (or homework) energy into your room will only make you feel more stressed. Keep all work materials and mind out of the bedroom. Don't bring in your computers and don't take this time to look at your phone to be updated on social media or emails. That will only keep you awake.

Keep your bed comfy: Use bedding and pillows that are comfortable and can keep your bed cool.

Night time ritual: Create a night time ritual that will help you calm body and mind. Try writing in a gratitude journal, reading a good book, practice some yoga for better sleep poses, pray, meditate, or listen to a meditation app of choice. The point is to create a ritual that you or your kids know will help you calm down and keep your mind at ease. Watching TV isn't recommended as that can have the same effect as being on your phone.

Declutter: If you have a nightstand, make sure it's not cluttered with books, papers, etc. Create a calming energy flow by only keeping a few simple things like a lamp, a book and your Amethyst crystal. Also, if you're room is cluttered, you must try to keep it organized by neatly putting away clothes and shoes in their proper places. The more organized your room is, the more calm and clear you'll feel.

If none of these remedy your lack of sleep, it might be a good idea to see a physician for a professional diagnosis and guidance.

Thanks for stopping by! Always sending you lots of Love and Light.

xo Maritza

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