Did you know that learning how to sleep better will actually benefit not only your health, but your appearance and your skin care?
Sleep is one of the most overlooked natural health strategies for radiant natural beauty, and for clearing up your skin. It is simple, free, and yet not always easy to get.
When you don't get enough, your skin and your whole body suffers. Sleep is absolutely essential to radiant and healthy skin, and yet in today's stressful world, many of us simply do not get enough of it!!
Sleep is one of your body's most miraculous self healing mechanisms. A good night's sleep can do wonders on all levels of our being, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
I'm rather an expert on this topic, because I've had difficulty sleeping for over 20 years. I know from first hand experience what the lack of sleep can do to affect your skin, and your whole body!!
Studies have shown that people that don't sleep enough even gain weight faster than people who are well rested!! That sure adds some extra motivation for us all to get enough ZZZzzzz's !! :-)
Skin problems are the result of imbalances in our whole body, and so simple creams may not be enough to help us to restore our body's healthiest functioning. Learning how to sleep better is one of those natural beauty secrets that hardly anyone talks about!
Our skin takes the brunt of any stressors in our lives, and it is one of the first parts of our bodies to register when things get out of balance.
Here are some tips to help you learn how to sleep better so you and your skin get enough rest!
Re-arrange your schedule to make sure you get enough sleep! For example, if you have trouble getting to bed at a reasonable hour, set your alarm!!
Although most people only use an alarm to wake up in the morning, using an alarm to remind you that it is bedtime will help you to have plenty of time available to rest. I know that is not easy in today's world, but your skin and your whole body will thank you!
Create a nightly bedtime routine that includes some kind of nurturing and pampering experience, so that you will look forward to going to bed.
This could be some quality time with a loved one, a few quiet moments with a favorite book, a luxurious bath, some peaceful meditation time, or a cup of relaxing chamomile tea.
Do something wonderful for your skin at bedtime, to help your skin to rejuvenate and repair itself overnight. This will help your whole body to relax!
Try a gentle, soothing facial mask, (don't use stimulating facial masks like coffee or green tea!!, or a classic "cucumbers on the eyes" home spa treatment.
You can even do some gentle facial exercise, which can help your head and neck to relax, and bring more blood flow to your skin to help clear up blemishes and skin problems.
These skin pampering routines can help you to relax and wind down at the end of the day, and especially during stressful times!
There are some foods that contain nutrients that can help us sleep better. As a long time insomnia, I have found that the right foods really can help us to sleep better!
One very gentle way to get more sleep, or better quality sleep, is to support your sleep with natural sleep remedies.
If you have any trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, there are a number of soothing natural supports to help you sleep better.
Natural herbal sleep aids can be very helpful in calming your body and mind so you can rest more easily. These can also work well together with homeopathic remedies to help you fall asleep and stay asleep long enough to feel refreshed.
Some of the most common herbs that are known to help sleep are chamomile, oats, valerian root, skullcap, and passion flower. Chamomile tea is quite gentle and has a pleasant taste and so can be sipped at bedtime.
The other herbs are not quite so tasty as a tea, and are better taken as a supplement. Valerian root has a pretty intense smell, however it is very effective!
I have found that herbal combinations give me the best result, and one of my favorites is Serenite Plus which combines several herbs with homeopathic remedies in a formulation that is both gentle and very effective.
Okay, so you've tried every natural remedy under the sun, and more ... and you STILL cannot sleep! This has happened to me on several occasions, and it is really difficult, especially if you are very sensitive.
It may be a very stressful time in your life, when you are feeling overwhelmed emotionally or physically, or natural body changes such as aging or menopause can cause you to sleep less well.
For whatever the reason, sometimes even the most natural or sensitive person needs a little extra help. When I couldn't sleep, I felt desperate to have even a few hours of rest, and I was very grateful for the miracles of modern medicine!!
Sometimes a simple over the counter sleep aid can take the edge off and help you get a good night's sleep. Be sure to follow the instructions on the labels, and please check with your doctor if you are taking other medications.
I personally found that over the counter sleep medications made me groggy and foggy, but did not help me sleep. I found melatonin to be more helpful and without as many side effect, however your experience may be different.
Each of us has a unique body and so many times, the only way to know whether something will work is to try it!
If natural and herbal remedies do not work for you, and if even an over the counter sleep aid does not work, it is time to seek professional help.
check with your doctor or a trusted health care professional to see what other solutions may be helpful. Sleeplessness can be caused by many different things and so it is helpful to look at all of your options.
It's important to be flexible and open minded when trying new options for sleeping. Even if you prefer natural sleep aids, sometimes you may need some extra help.
At the right time, the right prescription sleep medication may be helpful to help you get over the hump of whatever stress you are experiencing, and enable you to get a good nights rest.
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