We all crave that special place where we could sleep through almost anything and wake up feeling happy and rejuvenated. Unfortunately, those days for some of us are long gone and we haven’t had a good night’s rest for what seems like forever. Incorporate these five things and you may very well see that all change for the better.

Go to bed before 11 p.m.

In order to be able to get into a proper sleep routine, we need to respect the body’s natural circadian rhythms and melatonin production.

Melatonin production starts in response to impending darkness, and continues into the early hours of the night. Circumventing or not obeying this natural production cycle will throw off the entire sleep cycle and be extremely disruptive to a good night’s sleep.

Likewise, not obeying the body’s natural biological clock, or circadian rhythm, leads to abnormal secretions of the hormones, melatonin and serotonin, which leads to erratic biological rhythms and disrupts the harmonious functioning of your body.

Since the pineal gland starts to secrete melatonin between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m., and your sleep drive is at it’s highest around 10:30 p.m., it makes sense to take advantage of both natural processes in order to get your proper rest.

Going to bed by 11 p.m. will also ensure that you are getting your best bang for your buck by being fast asleep in between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., which is the best period for regeneration.

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Eliminate EMF’s

Electromagnetic frequencies have been shown to be very disruptive to our own energy field, and combining that with our now distant relationship with being grounded (connected to the Earth’s energy field, through bare feet on soil, grass, or sand), we find ourselves ‘over charged’ and out of sync.

These EMF’s, which are constantly present through popular conveniences such as computers, phones, appliances, electronics, WiFi signals and electrical outlets, have been directly linked to melatonin depletion and sleep disorders.

Get rid of any alarm clocks, TV’s, and any other electrical devices in your bedroom, and look into grounding equipment to offset the harm of these sleep depriving EMF’s.

Get Grounded To Discharge EMFs

Relax your muscles and mind

A common cause of sleep deprivation is an overactive mind at bedtime, as well as tight and contracted muscles, both of which are indicative of higher stress levels.

In order to calm the mind, try taking a magnesium bath while drinking a chamomile tea. Both have been shown to reduce stress and have a calming effect on the body that facilitates a more restful sleep.

You may also try taking a magnesium supplement internally, as it has been found to decrease sympathetic nervous activity, which helps reduce stress and allows you to relax. Other sleep remedies include passion flower, skullcap, and valerian root.

Try Magnesium Comfort For A Restful Sleep

Optimize melatonin production

As we age, melatonin production decreases. This has a direct effect on sleep patterns and the ability to get a good night’s rest.

In order to increase the secretion of melatonin and achieve a better sleep, try an ounce or two of coconut kefir before bed or a tablespoon of fermented vegetables. Fermented products that are loaded with beneficial bacteria have been shown to help with the secretion of melatonin, which will ultimately aid you in achieving a sound sleep.

Try Nanonutra’s Liposomal Melatonin Spray

Avoid eating just before bed

Eating anything significant before bed inevitably results in poor sleep, often accompanied by nightmares.

Digestion is not an active process during sleep; as during this time, we are not taking in food for our digestive system to handle. So any food intake shortly before sleep results in poor digestion and poor sleep quality during the optimum period between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. This is a common cause of poor sleep.

Sleeping is one of the most healing things you can do for your body. Do it well, and the world becomes a little brighter!

Sources:

The Wonders of Our Biological Rhythms
Finding Your Sleep/Wake Rhythm
Magnesium – The Miracle Mineral?
Science.NaturalNews.com: Sleep
Five Things You Need To Do To Sleep Like A Baby

Derek Henry

Derek Henry

Derek Henry, Founder of Healing the Body and the THRIVE Academy, used nutrition, natural remedies, and a holistic lifestyle to naturally unravel 13 chronic disease conditions that conventional or alternative medical professionals couldn't help him resolve. As a result of this one-in-a-million health transformation and the knowledge acquired in the process, he is now happier and healthier than he has ever been and now educates, coaches, and inspires thousands of others to transform their health through a natural and holistic approach. To date, he has helped his THRIVE Academy participants heal over 20 different chronic disease conditions, primarily related to digestive and autoimmune concerns.

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