The Healing Power Of Sleep
There is nothing more healing than a good nights sleep. While you are sleeping your body is hard at work healing itself. During the deeper phases of sleep, your body produces a growth hormone which repairs the damage form things like sun exposure and pollution. This creates new cells so you wake up looking brighter, freshener and more vibrant.
Studies have shown that regularly missing out on a solid eight hours of sleep can put you at risk of serious conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Sleep deprivation can result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and mood swings. Consuming a poor diet can also affect our sleep. Nutrient deficiencies in calcium, magnesium and B vitamins can have a negative impact on our mood and sleeping patterns.
Deep, rhythmical breathing is one of the best ways to relax your nervous system. It bridges the gap between the physical and subtle bodies and helps connect us to the universal energy. Becoming skilled in meditation may also help to control the racing mind or runaway thoughts that lead to insomnia. Additionally, meditation can help relax your body, release tension and place you in a peaceful state in which you are more likely to fall asleep.
Magnesium has long been touted as a homeopathic way to help relieve insomnia. Studies have shown that bathing in Epsom salts will help your muscles relax and reduce stress.
Lavender essential oil is a classic aromatherapy remedy for promoting sleep, using the energy if the lavender plant to help soothe and smooth your energy field. Put a few drops into your Epsom salt bath or on your pillow just before you go to sleep.
The relaxing compounds found in chamomile tea can help reduce stress and anxiety. Just one cup of tea can have a mild sedative effect and help you get better sleep.