Not getting enough sleep at night can have a big impact on your physical health and mental health.
Many of my clients experience insomnia or sleep disturbances due to anxiety, depression, and/or chronic pain. Over time, I have come to understand that improving sleep is a critical first step in journey to physical and mental wellness.
Here are some tips on how to finally get a restful night’s sleep:
1. Hypnotherapy for Sleep
Self-hypnosis or guided meditation can help you reach a calmer state of mind that supports and encourages restful sleep.
A hypnotherapist can help you by providing you with self-hypnosis recordings that will assist your subconscious in achieving restful sleep. Self-hypnosis for sleep should begin by helping you achieve deep relaxation and a calm state of mind and proceed with suggestions related to whatever it is that is keeping your from falling asleep, staying asleep or waking up earlier than desired.
(You can learn more about hypnosis and hypnotherapy here)
2. Herbal Teas
Herbal teas can be a great, affordable way for you to wind down before bed. Certain teas like valerian root, chamomile, and lemon balm tea can be very effective in calming stress and anxiety to promote better sleep.
Avoiding caffeine in the afternoon is important because caffeine is a stimulant and can interfere with your bodies natural sleep-wake cycles leading to restlessness and an inability to fall asleep. Substituting your evening coffee with a hot, decaffeinated tea can help you wind down and relax before bed.
Yoga is a great way to unwind, release sore muscles, and restore your mind-body connection at the end of the day. Rather than a power yoga flow, use a gentle vinyasa, restorative, or yin flow to help you stretch and relax before bed.
Check out our recent post, How Yoga Can Help You Manage Stress, Depression, and Anxiety, for a few great poses to clear the mind and help you get a restful night’s sleep.
4. Aromatherapy/Essential Oils
Another great way to improve your sleep is by using aromatherapy and/or essential oils. There are several options for you to consider such as applying essential oil roll-ons to your skin or diffusing them in your bedroom before you sleep.
Lavender, ylang ylang, sandalwood, roman chamomile, bergamot, valerian, and frankincense can all help you wind down after a long day, destress and achieve restful sleep.
If anxiety, depression and/or chronic pain are making it difficult for you to get a restful night's sleep, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to book your free consultation.