Sound Sleep Solutions
Babies sleep a lot. It is a time of tremendous growth. The body uses sleep hours for restoration and regeneration. It is the time when debris is removed from and damaged cells are destroyed in the bloodstream. Researchers have found that 8 hours of sleep per day is optimal. The effects on alertness and work efficiency is felt by all who lack adequate restful sleep.
The pervasive lack of adequate sleep is evident by the numerous prescription drugs as well as the over-the-counter sleep aids. How many ads have you seen promoting the use of prescription medication? And how many of those ads have mentioned potential side effects including dependency?
A contributing factor to lack of sleep is emotional stress. Our brain is working overtime thinking about work, finances, and bills to name a few. Emotional stress has a habit of finding a home in the shoulders, neck and upper back.
Here are some natural sleep solutions to try.
One of the recognized benefits of massage is stress reduction. Soothing massage of the shoulders and neck will usually provide the desired result. Some gentle massage to the face and jaw muscles help melt away the tension caused by grinding or clenching the teeth when overly stressed.
Foot massage is a great way to relax the body. While it is most relaxing to have someone massage your feet, you do not always have that luxury. Fortunately most of us can reach our own feet. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil on the bottoms of the feet and you are ready for a good night’s sleep. 5 or 10 minutes spent on each foot can relax the entire body. When you massage the feet you stimulate reflex areas which promote relaxation and stress reduction. Massaging the hands can be greatly relaxing, especially if you use your hands in your work.
The use of essential oils is a great way to get sound sleep without the use of prescription or over-the-counter medication and the potential for becoming dependent. Essential oils such as lavender, Roman chamomile and valeriian have been used for hundreds of years to promote relaxation and sleep. Young Living also blends essential oils that are exceptional in their ability to relax the mind and allow for a great nights’ sleep. Peace and Calming, Stress Away, Tranquil, Sacred Mountain and Valor are a few proprietary oil blends they produce. The best ways to use these oils for sleep is to rub a few drops on the bottom of the feet just before going to bed. They may also be diffused into the air. You can also place a couple of drops on a tissue and place the tissue on your pillowcase. These oils can be used in the massage of the shoulders, neck and feet as well. See essential oil application methods by clicking here.
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