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Dream deep: natural ways to treat sleeplessness

October 3, 2018

Sleeplessness is something that a vast majority of people suffer from. Whether it is insomnia or simply the inability to fall asleep easily, it can become difficult and stressful to manage. But, there are natural ways to treat sleeplessness so that you have a restful night’s sleep and wake up feeling energised and refreshed.

You can use medical cannabis oil from South Africa as well as a host of natural remedies to help you rest easy every night. Medical cannabis oil contains cannabidiol, or CBD as opposed to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which provides a high. CBD is known for its relaxing properties and for being able to calm anxiety and nerves effectively,  which in turn helps to promote restful sleep. Below are just some natural ways to treat this ailment.

The land of milk and honey

An effective way to help ease yourself into a peaceful sleep is to sip on a glass of warm milk and honey. Milk contains the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan, which increases the amount of serotonin in your brain, the hormone that acts as a natural sedative.

The honey helps to transmit this hormone faster. Be sure that you do not make your milk too hot, as this will taste unpleasant and will also mean that you have to wait for it to cool down, wasting precious minutes that could be used to sleep. Use a small amount of honey and sit back to sip on your delicious bedtime drink.

Helpful herbs

You can call on herbs to help you sleep, such as medical cannabis oil from South Africa, valerian, and passionflower. Valerian will help you to fall asleep without the “foggy” effect of some sleeping pills. It binds to the same receptors in the brain that tranquilisers bind to.

For maximum effect, take two capsules of valerian an hour before bed, or brew a tea of valerian root to drink an hour before you get into bed. Passion Flower is a much milder herb for sleeplessness, but provides much-needed restfulness before bedtime. Be sure to check with a doctor before you take any herbal medicine as you could be allergic to some of the ingredients.

Love that lavender

A recent study showed that students who breathed in a lavender scented patch before going to bed reported better sleep and more energy in the morning. This is due to the natural relaxant properties of lavender, so don’t simply dismiss it as an old wives’ tale. You can inhale it or rub an oil onto your skin at least 30 minutes before getting into bed.

You could invest on a room diffuser and fill it with lavender oil, or find an oil burner and use that instead. An effective way to use lavender to fight sleeplessness is to inhale it from a bottle, as this will transmit the receptors directly to your brain, making for a deep and restful sleep. Lavender and Roman chamomile oils combined make for a pleasantly perfumed inhalant for bedtime bliss.

Create a sleep-friendly environment

One of the best ways to ensure a good night’s sleep is to create an environment that is sleep-friendly. You should start by removing digital clocks and other electronics that glow, such as laptop, tablets and cellphones from your bedroom. Even if you do not wake up in the middle of the night, the notification tones from these can disrupt your sleep cycle.

The room temperature should around 20 to 25℃. This is optimal for comfortable sleep, because if your body is too hot you will be unable to fall asleep properly. Having a sleep-friendly environment will make it easier for you to fall asleep naturally. This will allow you to wake up feeling refreshed and more energetic.

Curl up… with some yoga poses

You can practise some yoga positions before bed to unwind and destress. For those who might not be dab hands at yoga, there are some simple poses such as neck rolls, shoulder rolls, and arm and back stretches to help your muscles stretch and relax before hitting the sheets.

Go slowly, the goal is to loosen your muscles to prepare your body for sleep, not to increase your heart rate and adrenaline. Make sure you use moves that you have done before, so you do not spend your time trying to figure out a difficult yoga pose before bed. Stretch out your muscles and be sure to cool down slowly so you do not tear or pull anything.

Sweet dreams

Instead of reaching for over-the-counter medicine, you can achieve restful sleep by adopting natural methods instead. Start by creating the perfect sleep-friendly atmosphere, then make some warm milk and honey and sip to your heart’s content.

You can also use a lavender essential oil to calm your nerves, either using it as a massage oil on pulse points or inhaling it before bedtime. Doing yoga before bedtime helps your muscles to relax and your mind to unwind after a difficult day. Whatever you choose, you are sure to have a restful night and wake up feeling like a new person.

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