Sweet Dreams or Sleepless Nights?
We are all aware of the importance of good heath. Yet, each one of us makes personal choices with regard to what aspects of our heath are of the greatest value. Many people don’t value sleep enough in the equasion for better health. Here’s how to improve your rest.
For me, the combined formula — “sleep well, eat well, be well” — is the greatest gift of perspective on life. You will be better off if you can attain wellness by practicing this discipline yourself. In contrast, when you cut sleep from your daily routine, our perspective on the world changes, usually for the worse.
Even though we recognize ‘sleep’ as one of the key factors for our well being, we often forget how necessary sleep is to our health and the health of our families. With all the facts and discoveries, new websites, radio talk shows and television programs, grabbing our attention and stealing our free time, we fall into the state of exhaustion and tiredness. Our cultural pace has become so rapid that we tend to over stimulate our brains, destroying its natural capacity to give us peace and harmony. In fact, we do not wish to spend much time injecting the sacredness of bedtime into our busy schedules.
From the observations I made looking at my own life, I realize that missing even one hour of sleep just a few days a week put me in a different frame of mind. (I am not referring to insomnia that normally has deep-seated roots — in most cases it is caused by stress, a serious state of depression, or a tragic life event). The point I am making concerns our inability to prioritize sleep over stimulation. As the end result, it can permanently affect our children who get to watch their parents set bad examples that they are likely to follow when they grow up.
It is not only the hours of sleep you get that will define the way you feel tomorrow, but also the quality of your rest. There are people who have sleepless nights, and the reason is that they don’t have proper ‘bedtime’ rituals. They would rather listen to loud music, dig through newspapers and watch exciting TV shows, than read Robert Frost’s poetry, or unwind with Mozart, Tchaikovsky or Vivaldi music. A relaxed nervous system will open the doors for good sleep.
For those who regularly wake up in the middle of the night with heartburn, addicted to the relief of “Rolaids,” the best recommendation would be to not overeat before it’s time to go to sleep, but eat something light like fruit or yogurt at least two hours before going to bed. If you are a tea-lover like me, you know that the best way to end your day is to make a cup of herbal tea. A short walk outside will also help you to relax. Finally, don’t forget to ventilate your room — and have “sweet dreams!”
Naturally, deep and sweet sleep is an elixir for youth, health and beauty. It is the best cosmetic treatment. The ones who don’t get their sleep show it on their faces: some have dark-clouded circles under the eye area, others look pale and wrinkled. Healthy skin on your face is often a sign of good health and good rest. In addition, a lack of sleep can make a person nervous, irritable and unable to focus. In truth, bad sleepers don’t feel well, and the level of their confidence is often low.
If you like to soak in the bathtub in the evening, mix your bath water with mint or pine. These scents can help to relieve tension and create a sense of relaxation. If a headache keeps you from sleeping, rub your temples with lavender oil. One well-known natural sleep medication is organic honey. After dinner, it’s advised to eat one tablespoon of honey, or even better, mix it into a glass of milk or warm water. This drink can help. Try not to think bad or serious thoughts before going to bed. As they say, “Sleep on it!”