Sleep is important not only for our beautiful look in the morning, but also for proper hormone function, blood sugar regulation, cell regulation and more.
Many natural sleep remedies include avoiding caffeine, regular exercise and making good sleep environment. But although many people have tried these remedies, they still have struggle with sleep.
The natural sleep remedies we are going to mention are really effective but not very often suggested. Also, they are either cheap or free.
1. Put Your Feet Up
Many people are standing, walking or sitting almost throughout the whole day. Thus, blood and lymph fluid can collect in the legs.
This simple and free remedy includes putting your feet up for 15-30 minutes before going to sleep. You can do it either lying on the ground and resting feet on a couch or chair at a 90 degrees angle, or lying on the ground/bed and resting legs straight up against the wall.
2. Honey and Salt
Maybe you have heard that if eating something sweet and salty at night, you will sleep better. The theory is that this helps regulating blood sugar.
Salt helps lowering cortisol levels and balances levels of blood sugar. Natural sugars help elevating insulin slightly, which helps lowering cortisol. Carbohydrates remove the blood brain barrier and improve the production of melatonin.
This is what you can do!
Mix half a teaspoon of natural sugar, like honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar with a sprinkle of natural salt and consume the mixture 15-20 minutes before going to bed. Also, you can add the mixture into a cup of chamomile tea and add a teaspoon of gelatin powder.
3. 4-7-8 Breathing
This remedy includes a slow and patterned breathing that helps oxygenating the blood and promotes relaxation.
It may help the body to switch from sympathetic nervous activity (like fight or flight) to parasympathetic (relaxation).
This remedy does not cost a thing and it is quick, simple and effective.
This is what you should do:
1. Sit in a relaxed position or lie down, breathing through the nose as you count to four.
2. Hold your breath as you count to seven.
3. Slowly exhale through your mouth as you count to eight.
4. Repeat it 3-4 times or until you feel relaxed.
4. Cherry Juice
According to studies, cherry juice may help fighting insomnia, improve melatonin levels and reduce inflammation to encourage restful sleep.
You should drink a tablespoon of tart cherry juice at night in order to help with sleep quality, particularly on intense workout days because it helps muscle recovery and stiffness.
We hope this tips will work for you too. Share your experiences with us.