Restful Sleep

I saw a funny post on Facebook the other day. To Paraphrase:

                Remember when you would go to sleep at night and get a really good
                restful sleep and wake up refreshed and ready to face the day?

                Me neither.

It is becoming more and more difficult for us to get the sleep we need to refresh and rejuvenate our bodies. As we get older, we do not produce enough melatonin which is so important to induce restful sleep. And we know that sleep aids, while helpful in keeping us asleep, do not give the natural, restful sleep our bodies need to repair and rejuvenate.

Here are some common sense suggestions to try and get better sleep:

  •  Try to go to sleep at about the same time every night. 9-10 PM is a great sleep time. Studies show that an hour of sleep from 9 PM-midnight is worth 2 hours of sleep after midnight.
  •  Turn off all screens about an hour before bedtime. The light emitting from the screen is too stimulating for us as we try to relax.
  • Sleep in a darkened room that is sufficiently cool.
  • Have a protein snack about 45 minutes before bedtime. Peanut butter or some cheese is a good choice.

A Hand Reflexology tip:

        FIrst, rub your hands with some nice soothing lotion, possibly containing some
        lavender. Interlace your fingers together at the base of the fingers. Slowly move your
        fingers towards the tips, pressing gently as you do so. Use this pressing
        technique up and down the fingers for 2-3 minutes. This activates the reflexes for
        sleep and will promote wonderful relaxation.

Nitey-Nite, and Happy Reflexing!