"Going to bed early is often done with good intentions, but if you find yourself tossing and turning with a mind that runs a million miles an hour, it might be a sign that you’re not winding down as much as you need to. Begin by implementing a bedtime ritual; where a good tonic should become a staple in your new routine. These are a few of my go-tos to help you get started:
1. Sip On A Turmeric Latte
Turmeric is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories you can have in your cupboard, due to the compound curcumin. It’s also a powerful digestive aid, meaning your body’s not working in overdrive and has a chance to rest. It may also work to lower your blood sugar levels, which promotes longer, deeper sleep. If you make your turmeric latte with creamy milk that’s rich in healthy fats, like coconut or hemp if you can get your hands on it, these will nourish your brain and contribute to the soothing sensation. Try this Bedtime Turmeric Tea to sip away on as you drift into sleep.
2. Have A Sleepy-Time Tea Ritual
Depending on what you’re brewing, teas can help your body and mind do a number of things - even slip into a deep sleep. Chamomile tea has long been praised for its soothing and sleep-stimulating powers. It has been found that this profound effect comes from an abundance of apigenin. This antioxidant binds to specific receptors in your brain that simultaneously decrease anxiety and initiate sleep. You can make your own tea blend that brings other health benefits to the cup, but you’ll get sleepy and dreamy by brewing it strong and brewing it long. Hot tip: use two cups worth, cover, and let steep for half an hour. You’ll be in the deepest slumber before you can finish the cup.
3. Cuddle Up With A Hot Chocolate
Hot chocolates are reminiscent of childhood camping trips or movie nights, but the sugar overload often ends up having the opposite effect. That’s why a natural alternative is a wonderful way to bring about those nostalgic memories and relaxing feeling, while giving you the health benefits of lowered blood sugar, healthy and slow-burning fatty acids, and alleviating any mental stress that may be keeping you awake at night. This simple, Stress-Reducing Hot Chocolate is packed with all the good stuff, none of the nasties.
4. Dose Up On Sleep-Promoting Minerals In Your Diet
Melatonin and serotonin are so important for deep, restful sleep, and without them, our nights become erratic and disturbed. A good way to ensure you’re encouraging a calm nervous system is to have foods that are naturally-rich, such as slow-burning bananas, which are also rich in bananas. With the added muscle-relaxing properties of oats and almonds, this Sleep Promoting Evening Milkshake is the perfect smoothie to send you to sleep."
Words above from original article here
I wonder, do you have any rituals or tips for deep, restful sleep?
Do please share them in the comments.
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All the best Jan
Lots of great tips here! Thanks for sharing. :)
Hot chocolate is one I'd forgotten about. Thanks for the reminder. I sometimes drink a chamomile blend that's billed as "Sleepytime Tea".
...I think that I'll stick with water!
The Turmeric Latte really helped me.
In the winter months I have sleeping problems.
You will think it has a bad taste, but nothing could be further from the truth ... It is tasty!
I drink tea or water, no problems with sleeping.
I have no trouble sleeping, thank goodness..
I like the Celestial Seasonings SleepyTime tea with vanilla and their Honey Vanilla Chamomile.
Great tips, I will check out the turmeric latte. I need more sleep!
Take care! Have a great day and happy week ahead!
Thanks for sharing! Valerie
A day of work makes me sleep good!!
No don't have any special drinks before bed.
Some great ideas here, but I'll stick with my decaf after 12 noon. Take care, Sue xx
Deep, restful sleep? Queue hysterical laughter here.
My poor sleep habits appear to be ingrained and none of the suggested methods here (those that I have tried) have had any effect.
I rarely have trouble sleeping, maybe because that is the only thing I do in my bed. :)
Chamomile tea is good for a number of things. Had forgotten about it but I might see if I can find some :)
I copied that sleep shake!
Thanks for sharing!
I don't have any rituals or tips for deep, restful sleep but, you have provided us a great list. I'm so glad I got a chance to see this today because my mind has a way of releasing tons of brain-clutter just when I'm trying to sleep. I'm bookmarking this in my Health-Wellness file folder for future use. Thank you for sharing these helpful tips.
Wishing you all the best. Stay Safe, my friend!
Interesting. I rarely having problems falling asleep but waking up at 4 or 5 AM would be a good time for a sleepy time drink. Maybe I could go back to sleep until a more normal hour.
Great post. x
oooh i wish i had some tips to offer on sleeping. i could not fall asleep if you paid me to, perhaps one of your tips might help me!!!
anything i can't remember during the day, i am sure to think of at night!!!
I'd love to give the Turmeric Latte a try. My one tip/ritual is not to look at screens before going to bed.
I like sleepy tea blends!
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I spent quite a while in hospital about twenty years ago and just before lights out they always came round with the drinks trolley. They had things like Horlicks and Ovaltine, milky drinks which I think were supposed to promote sleep. I don't know if they do this in hospitals now.
Gracias por los consejo. De momento duermo muy bien Eddie.
Buen miércoles. Cuídate.
I have a habit of drinking a herbal tea before going to bed, but depending on my stress levels, sometimes that doesn't help much.
Will have to try that Stress reducing Hot Chocolate and the Evening Shake.
Thanks Jan :)
Some good things there.
I used to have trouble sleeping; wish I'd known about these!
And, yes we need to relax. :)
I don't have any night-time rituals (other than brushing my teeth!) It sounds like the turmeric latte could have a double bonus - sleeping and anti-inflammation!
Good ideas here, Jan. Thanks!
How fascinating about the turmeric!xxx
Always have my bedtime tea now, I really think it helps me have a better quality sleep
I am very lucky that 95% of the time I sleep very well! I drink nothing but water after my noon meal.
A glass of ouzo. I read somewhere that eating a banana in the evening will help you to sleep better.
I do the second suggestion - an evening tea habit including turning off the TV, putting away the phone, making my tea, and sitting for a quiet hour reading. I usually make my own tea using many of the restful herbs. Works for me.
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