4 of the biggest sleep complaints – and how to fix them naturally
Can’t sleep at night, waking up too early or suffering from night sweats? Hit your sleep woes head-on with these no-nonsense solutions.
Sleep. We all want it, but most of us aren’t getting enough rest.
So what do we do? Walk around like zombie, dose ourselves up on sleeping pills before bed or just find some sort of normal as we surivive on no sleep or broken sleep?
Since it’s a problem plaguing as us a nation, we asked medical nutritionist Naomi Beinart why we’re struggling to get a good night’s rest – and what we can do about it.
Problem 1: You’re too stressed to sleep
A common scenario. You lie awake going over a problem at work or worrying about your home life or relationship. Your mind is buzzing, and no matter how hard you try, you can’t calm it down.
Try not using your phone in bed – To sleep well, you need your mind and body to associate your bed with sleep, not with work. In fact, unless it’s unavoidable, don’t work in your bedroom at all.
Try taking up meditation – Try one of the popular meditation apps or if the mindfulness approach (focusing on your breath, clearing your mind) doesn’t work for you, look up Vedic or Transcendental Meditation, which can be a better solution for people with busy minds.
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Try eating to balance your blood sugar – Eat regular meals, avoid refined carbohydrates and sugary foods, and include a good source of protein and complex carbohydrates with every meal (without overdoing protein in the evening). Balancing your blood sugar can help to regulate your stress hormones and keep you calm.
Try eating plenty of magnesium-rich foods – Magnesium is known as ‘nature’s tranquiliser’ as it’s associated with calming and relaxation. Green leafy vegetables, pumpkin seeds, buckwheat pasta, beans and pulses and rye bread are all good sources. Eat them throughout the day rather than just in the evening – they won’t make you feel drowsy.
Try sipping on a herbal tea like chamomile, valerian or lavender, or take a herbal supplement like Pukka’s Night Time capsules.