Get a Good Night’s Sleep Naturally: Tips for Overtired Parents

by , 02/03/14
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Melatonin

Melatonin is a hormone secreted by a small gland in the brain that helps regulate sleep cycles: that’s why it’s also recommended in supplement form to help people adjust to new time zones while traveling. Taking melatonin supplements at a specific time every evening sets your body up to experience being tired at the same time every night, creating a sort of alarm clock for your body to begin winding down. Going to bed around the same time each night is a great sleep habit to get into because it conditions your body’s circadian rhythms.

natural sleep remedies, lavender

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Lavender

More than just a yummy-smelling flowering herb, lavender has been used in sachets, bath salts, and essential oils for hundreds of years to help people drift off more peacefully. I actually like to steep some dried lavender flowers in warm hemp milk. Really want to get ready for snoozeville? Have a special someone give you a massage at bedtime with some lavender massage oil. Close your eyes and chill out-even if the actual scent of lavender doesn’t relax you, maybe imagining you are relaxing in a field of it in Provence will do the trick!

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Tea

Winding down with a cup of tea at the end of the day is a simple and inexpensive luxury. Stick to herbal teas and consider trying chamomile or a blend that includes dried herbs such as lavender or lemon balm. Herbs like these have been used for insomnia for hundreds of years, but many people find the simple activity of taking time to sit, sip some tea, and clear your mind is the real reason this wind-down works. The only downside to drinking tea – you may wake up to pee in the middle of the night.

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