My initial goal when starting this blog was to take you on my journey to establishing a bed and breakfast in Oxford, Mississippi…but this dream has taken a sudden backseat as we now find ourselves raising our grandson…becoming a “new mother” at the age of fifty.
So this has been a journey, or “Now What,” series of posts on taking the “sleeping aspect” of my daily life and learning how to make it better…Lord knows that I need to this, being the 49 year old mother for a four year old.
Sleep is as important to your health as a healthy diet and regular physical activity. How well you sleep each night can impact nearly every aspect of your life.
Lack of sleep can…
- Affect performance on the job or at school
- Cause countless headaches
- Cause increased irritability of the person who has had trouble sleeping
- Cause the immune system to function poorly
- Cause us to become more irritable, short-tempered, and impatient during the day
- Damage relationships
- Decrease the quality of work performance
- Diminish quality of life
- Give you a general feeling of being unwell, both mentally and physically.
- Hinder our ability to stay focused for long periods of time
- Make certain activities, especially driving, dangerous for both ourselves and people around us
- Make getting started on even the easiest work or school assignments even harder than normal
- Make you gain weight
- Make you have less energy to tackle the day ahead
- Sabotage our health
- Sap our energy levels
- Slow the ability of the nervous system to process information and translate visual cues into conscious thought.
I have personally found that having such a “nightly routine” of soothing transitional activity between my being awake and actually falling asleep helps your sleep quality and overall wellness….just like it probably did when my kids were little, and does for my “resident four year old.”
The following is a summary of the tips that I have learned lately to help create a relaxing ritual that I can do each and every night that will help me fall asleep faster and more consistently…healthy bedtime habits—such as meditation, soothing music, essential oils—that will help program your mind to get ready for bed.
- Dr. Weil’s 4-7-8 Technique
- Kapalbhati Breathing
- Nadi Shodhana
- Pranayamic Breathing Techniques
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Essential Oils for helping to cure insomnia..
- Juniper Berry
- Roman Chamomile
- Ylang ylang
- Flower essences
- GABA…GABA (gamma butyric acid)
- Holy basil
- Valerian Root
- Vitamin Supplement
- Almonds and Almond Butter
- Cereal and Milk
- Cheese and Cottage Cheese
- Cherries and Cherry Juice
- Greek Yogurt
- Peanut Butter
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Whole-Grain Crackers
- Lemon Balm
- Oat Straw
- Passion Flower
- St John’s Wort