Well, here we are again parents, its back to school time for many of us and with that comes the need to get back into a good sleep routine and I'm not just talking about for the kids. We are talking earlier mornings and new routines to get used to. Not getting enough sleep effects are ability to remember things. Not to mention, we pretty much suck at everything when we are tired. So I've compiled a list of 5 Drug Free Things to Do When You Can't Sleep.
#1 Read A Book
Find that book that you always have a difficult time making it through. Yep! That's the one that you want to pull out when you can't sleep. Although reading activates the brain, a boring book can make you fall asleep.
If you do wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall asleep within twenty minutes, try reading near a dim light. Anything brighter than dim could stimulate your senses and make you more alert than before.
Not only is reading a good way to relax, but it can also help put the previous events of the day behind you.
# 2 Drink Warm Coconut Milk
I know this sounds a little premature but warm milk seems to do something psychologically that makes us calm and drowsy. It may have something to do with the fact that it takes us back to our infancy, but coconut milk is a non dairy substitute and actually very healthy. Coconut milk typically has several nutritional advantages and serves as a better source of several essential nutrients like niacin, iron and copper.
Mix 2 cups coconut milk; 1 teaspoon turmeric, whisk to combine and warm in a sauce pan until it starts to bubble. Not only does it help you sleep better but it also eases your digestive system. You can also try the warm coconut milk with honey and a sprinkling of nutmeg. Sip slowly and enjoy your sleep. You can also give the kids some.
#3 Listen to Nature Sounds
Nature sounds have been proven to provide an aid to sleep. It has more to do with the white noise than the sounds themselves. Take a listen once you've finished reading and let me know what you think or what's your favorite Nature Sound medleys.
#4 Take Natrol
I wrote about Natrol before and people seem to respond really well to this natural alternative for brightening your mood. However, this time Natrol is helping people get back to sleep. Natrol Melatonin is an 100% drug-free, non-habit forming option that can help parents fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. It helps us be ready to balance the early mornings with the kids and maintain energy throughout the day. And... baby you are going to need it no matter how old your kid is.
Personally, my sleep habits have been wrecked this past week and I refuse to let the Back To School chaos keep me up all night and you shouldn't either. Check out Natrol and see if it works for you.
Last but not least...
# 5 Breathing Exercises
Breathing exercises work for so many different situations in order to calm your heart beat and relax your body so why shouldn't it work for falling back to sleep. The 4-7-8 breathing technique pioneered by Arizona-based Dr Andrew Weil says, 'It is utterly simple, takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere.'
He explains the method below,
I hope you've enjoyed reading about the 5 Drug Free Things to Do When You Can't Sleep. These are some really helpful tips and they ACTUALLY WORK.
We are rooting for you guys!!.. Sleep well!!!
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What's your sleep technique?