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Get a Good Night’s Sleep Naturally

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Good Nights Sleep
Green Your Sleep: Naturally Getting a Good Night’s Rest
We’ve all seen commercials suggesting that those of us who have a hard time falling asleep (and staying asleep) need to take a prescription medication. Short of the age-old method of counting sheep, you might not realize how many options there are for falling asleep naturally. Start feeling well rested with some natural solutions for a good night’s sleep.

Botanical and herbal remedies
There are plenty of natural alternatives to chemically laden formulas. There are homeopathic remedies that are 100% natural blend of herbs that relieve stress and relax your body and mind so you wake up feeling rested and refreshed. Other good options combine valerian, melatonin, and ashwagandha to stimulate sleep, calm your body, and help you relax.

Block out distractions
In addition to herbal solutions, there are natural ways to block the interferenceslike light and soundthat may be disrupting your sleep. Channel your inner Hollywood starlet with a luxurious silk or 100% cotton sleep mask to effectively block out light for calm, relaxing sleep. A sound machine can also help you drift off easily by providing natural sounds that will help mask distracting noises. Another must-have sleep aid is a good, comfortable pair of earplugs.

Sleep in comfort
Make sure your bed is a place where you want to spend a lot of time. Invest in good quality pillows, warm blankets, and comfortable sheets. Sustainable bamboo sheets are incredibly soft and offer a luxurious night’s sleep. Combine with super-soft bamboo pillowcases, and you’ve got a dreamy bed fit for all-night restfulness.

Learn to relax
Many times, restlessness can be attributed to busy brains holding onto stress and mentally preparing for the next day’s tasks. The trick is to take time to decompress after a long day. This is a good way to ensure you’ll fall asleep quicklyand stay asleep. Settle down somewhere comfortable with mellow music or a good book. Atmosphere is key. Try a calming essential oil like eucalyptus or lavender. A room diffuser is also a good choice for relaxation. Lighting some 100% soy candles can help you let go and unwind.

Pamper yourself
Taking a little time out to treat yourself to massage and spa quality pampering is a good way to keep stress at bay, which will lead to a more restful night. Splurge on professional spa appointments once in awhile, making sure to also treat yourself regularly at home. A good quality foot spa is a great start to soothing tired, achy feet. Some feature massaging rollers, an acupressure attachment, bubbles, and heat. Or try a back massager with heat to relax after a long day. Opt for one with shiatsu and rolling massage to combine with soothing heat and custom adjustments so you can get the relief you need.

Shut off electronics
Recent studies by the National Sleep Foundation make some correlations between electronic devices and sleep interruption. While many of us turn on the TV before shutting our eyes, it’s a good idea to keep it off so noises and light from programs don’t wake you up later. If you have a computer in your bedroom, use a power strip and flip the switch to turn it and its components off before you rest your head. Make sure your phone volume is off and the light is turned away from your vision, in case someone calls or texts you late at night.

Get enough exercise
Making time for at least 20-30 minutes of exercise three to four days a week may help you sleep better. Exerting yourself during the day will give you more energy when you need it and provide a good foundation for a restful evening. Yoga is a good choice for burning calories while learning to keep your mind centered and relaxed, which can also help you sleep better. Get started by finding a local yoga studio or by checking out a comfortable mat, block, cotton strap, and instructional workout DVD.

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