Aside from following a balanced diet, it is essential to try to get adequate hours of sleep each day. In fact, sleep is important in enhancing your memory, mood stability, cellular repair and physical performance. For those who suffer from insomnia and lack sleep, they may be prone to infections and illnesses. This is one of the reasons why people who work in shift hours have a higher risk of suffering from emotional issues and even heart disorders because of disruptions in their sleep.

Fortunately, naturopathy can help people who experience sleeping difficulties. By providing safe and effective techniques to address concerns of those who experience insomnia, negative side effects common with medications may be prevented.

What Naturopathy Can Do

One of the common techniques that naturopaths recommend patients is to maintain a habit of going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. This should be implemented to reset one’s biological clock, which is essential in helping you obtain quality hours of sleep. So, even if you are not sleepy, and you think you have not gotten enough hours of sleep, be sure to be consistent with your sleeping and waking time regularly.

In case you find it difficult to sleep, consider getting up and doing something instead of tossing and turning in bed. Most of the time, feeling anxious while trying to sleep will only make things worse for you.

A few hours before getting ready for bed, you may want to engage in a calming and relaxing activity. For instance, you may want to spend a few minutes meditating or listening to soothing music. As much as possible, never watch TV at bedtime since this can only keep you awake for hours.

If you cannot give up drinking coffee or any drinks with caffeine, then you should at least avoid these drinks after 2 pm. Although this still depends on the person’s metabolic rate, it is better to just stay caffeine-free before going to bed.

With these natural and safe techniques, avoiding or addressing insomnia will come easier for you – and you can sleep well even without taking any medications.

Dr. Katie Mercer

Dr. Katie Mercer

Naturopathic Doctor

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