Naturopathic Tips For Better Sleep

Posted on: 27 February 2017

If you are tired of not being able to get a good night's sleep and are waiting for an appointment with your naturopathic doctor, then there are many things you can try in the meantime to improve your sleep. Since sleep is very important for your overall health and mood, try these naturopath-approved tips for better sleep:

Tip: Ensure Your Bedroom Is Completely Dark

The human body sleeps a lot better when it is in a completely dark room. For this reason, if you suffer from insomnia, then you should ensure that your bedroom is very dark. Ways to darken your room include:

  • Put blackout curtains on all of your windows.
  • If you have a clock with a light, make sure it set on low and turn it towards the wall if you can't unplug it.
  • Do not use any nightlights, unless you need one for safety purposes. The darker your bedroom is, the better you will sleep.

To get rid of your alarm clock, you can use your cell phone. This will eliminate the blue or red glow in your room and help you sleep.

Tip: Make Sure Your Bedroom Is Not Too Hot

Your body cannot fall asleep until it drops a few degrees in temperature. This is why it is so hard to sleep when it is hot outside. If it is winter, then stop running your heater an hour or so before bed so your bedroom won't be so hot and stuffy when you go to bed. Lowering your bedroom temperature even a few degrees can greatly improve your sleep.

Tip: Try Lying Without Covers to Lower Your Body Temperature Naturally

If you have a hard time falling asleep, try naturally lowering your body temperature by lying on your bed without the covers on top of you. As you lie in the cool air, think relaxing thoughts. Just as you begin to feel chilled, cover yourself up and get into your normal sleeping position. Close your eyes, relax, and take some deep breaths; before you know it, morning will have arrived. 

Tip: Avoid Eating Sugary Foods and Drinking Caffeinated Beverages Before Bed 

Finally, you might be surprised to learn just how little sugar or caffeine will keep you awake for hours at night. You can greatly improve your sleep quality and sometimes even eliminate insomnia by not eating or drinking anything other than water in the hours before you go to bed. 

To learn more, contact a doctor such as Dr. Tasnim Adatya.

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