One of the most underrated negative effects on health is stress. I recently attend a live event by the lovely Nat Kringoudis which focussed on the impact of stress on our bodies.
Often when we think of stress, we think of deadlines at work, or being late and stuck in traffic. But what about the silent stressors that you have no idea are lurking around, wreaking havoc on your body? I’m talking things like pollution, artificial light emitted from our iphones, and chemical stressors.
For me, sleep is one of the first things to be affected by my stress levels. I just can’t seem to switch my mind off, and I endlessly toss and turn until I finally fall asleep 10 minutes before my alarm is due to go off! Talk about frustrating!
Do you know that over an average lifetime, we will sleep for 229,961 hours!? That is an average for someone who sleeps for 8 hours a night, which is about right. Anything less, and there are some worrying health implications. Some of us might get the recommended 8 hours a night, but what about the quality of that sleep? Some spend the first few hours trying to fall asleep, with no luck. If this is you, read on my friend!
Today, I want to share with you my night time routine, and some tips for getting a good night’s rest. I found this stuff particularly crucial when healing from the likes of adrenal fatigue, where sleep and recovery is just sooo important.
1. Mood lighting
After dinner, try turning off all the main lights. Perhaps even light a few candles! “Back in the day”, once the sun had set, the only light we had access to was fire.
Artificial light (in particular, the blue light emitted from your iphone, ipad, computers and tv) in the wrong setting can have a negative effect your sleep quality, specifically through disruptions to melatonin production and circadian rhythm.
To find out more about how artificial light is impacting your melatonin levels, Dr Chris Kresser has written this excellent article.
2. Smells so sweet
Essential oils are another fantastic way to calm your nervous system and relax before bed. Try a blend of calming oils. I particularly love a blend of Vetiver and Lavender. If you don’t have a diffuser, you can place a few drops on to a tissue and placing this under your pillow. Aromatherapy is an extremely powerful tool, and when used before bedtime, it can deeply relax you to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep for longer.
3. Tea please!
A cup of camomile tea before bed can also work to induce a state of relaxation and peace, as it calms the nervous system. Even the ritual of brewing the tea, sitting down and sipping it quietly can be very calming.
Save your used tea bags to place over your eyes next time you have a face mask. They may reduce dark circles under eyes!
4. Restorative yoga
My favourite pose before bed is an inversion, such as “happy baby“. An inversion can assist with blood circulation, as it reverses the flow of blood. You want to start by holding the pose for 3-5 minutes, working your way up to 15 minutes. You could also try placing your legs up a wall.
5. Bring some sexy back
Sex is a wonderful way to relieve stress and get the blood flowing to your vital baby-making organs. And it can help you have a wonderful night’s sleep! Did you know that regular orgasms have been found to improve immunity!?
This weekend was the Sexy Back Summit, hosted by the infamous and very sexy Sean Croxton. Lots and lots of information on how to heal from sex-related health challenges the natural way, including infertility, sex hormone imbalances, thyroid problems, adrenal fatigue and how to fuel your body to get your mojo back!
You might still be able to access this summit for free by clicking here. But be aware that the free viewing finishes shortly.