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8 natural remedies to help you sleep

Getting your children to sleep soundly is one thing; getting your own peaceful night’s sleep is another. As mothers, we tend to put our children and everyone else first, but a rested mom is a happy mom, so making sure you get enough sleep is essential.

Try the following tips and natural remedies to help you get the sleep you need.

Plants

  • Onion: this pungent plant is not only delicious in salads and other meals, it contains enzymes that can help you sleep as well. Place a shredded onion in a jar and cover it with a cloth. Inhale it every now and then before getting into bed.
  • Chamomile: This herb is found in many beauty products as it contains essential oils, polysugars, amino acids and much more. Sip a cup of chamomile tea before bed to help induce a state of calmness.
  • Passion flower: researchers say that this flower increases levels of gamma-aminobutyric acids (neurotransmitters that play a part in reducing neuronal excitability) in the brain, which have a calming effect, thus helping you to snooze.
  • Lavender: This plant is known to have a slight calming, soothing and sedative effect, according to researchers.

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Foods

  • Almonds: these nuts contain magnesium, which promotes sleep and muscle relaxation. Almonds also allow you to switch from your alert adrenaline cycle to your rest-and-digest cycle.
  • Bananas: eating a banana before bed could help you doze off. Bananas contain tryptophan, which convert to serotonin and melatonin, the brain’s key calming hormones. Their magnesium and potassium components also help to relax muscles.
  • Turkey: this white meat also contains tryptophan, which regulates sleep. It works best when eaten on an empty stomach which, for busy moms, is usually the case.
  • Cottage cheese: another food that contains tryptophan. Pair your cottage cheese with a tablespoon of natural almond butter, and you’ll have an even better chance of sleeping.

Other tricks to try

  • Lights out: when it’s time to sleep, make sure the room is dark. The darker it is, the better you’ll sleep, so block out any form of light where possible.
  • Cool down: make sure your room is cool before getting into bed. The room’s temperature will affect your sleep and those who sleep in a cool room, sleep better.
  • Mints: chewing mints can help reduce feelings of anger and nervousness, leaving you calmer before your head even hits the pillow.
  • Writing: writing down to-do lists for the next day, as well as your feelings and whatever is worrying you, or even taking time to doodle, will help your mind relax, allowing you to have a better night’s sleep.

 

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