Sleep is vital: without sleep we can be cranky, withdrawn, agitated and just not ourselves! Sleep impacts our day to day lives in various ways including cognitive functions like creativity and decision making. It’s essential that you’re getting the right amount. 

Although it isn’t always that easy. The recommended amount of sleep is 7-9 hours a night, yet most people get between 5-6 hours. This is not an adequate amount if you wish to function at your optimum level.

The good news is that there are natural sleep aids one can take to influence sleeping patterns and ensure a better night’s sleep.

Magnesium

Magnesium is utilised for many processes in the human body, so it is no shock that this wonderful mineral can promote sleeping. 

Magnesium can aid in helping muscles to relax. MAG365 provides high quality ionic magnesium citrate in powder form which encourages optimal assimilation and absorption, meaning the magnesium is absorbed faster in this form. 

Inadequate levels of magnesium can lead to weakness, muscle cramps, nausea, dizziness and fatigue. 

Some nutritional experts recommend taking magnesium supplements in the evening before sleeping. This helps the muscles to relax and recover from the exertions of the day.

Lavender

Lavender can be great for promoting sleeping. Lavender aromatherapy can induce sleepiness in people and encourages better sleeping times and patterns. Burning some incense before bed can be a great way to create a relaxed atmosphere before trying to sleep. 

Try burning lavender scented incense and then spraying a lavender pillow mist onto a cloth which can be laid on your pillow. This way, if the smell of lavnder becomes too overwhelming you can remove the cloth rather than having to get rid of the whole pillow.

L-Theanine

Another sleep enhancing natural alternative is L-Theanine, which is found in most green and black teas – as humans we do not naturally produce this amino acid. L Theanine can act on the brain to induce a sense of calmness, reduced stress and anxiety levels. If you’re looking to quieten a busy mind before bed L-Theanine can be a great option to create a sense of calmness. This then helps to induce sleep quicker while also increasing the quality of sleep.

Keep in mind that sleep affects your behaviour and ability to carry out tasks. If you want to be at your optimum health then sleep is one of the most important factors. Just like exercise and diet, sleep is just as important. Ensure your sleeping habit is one of your top priorities this week and ensure you invoke good sleep practices alongside any natural remedies to really reap the awards and benefits. 

For more information on this and more, pop into any of Evergreen Healthfoods seven Galway based stores or visit their blog at evergreen.ie/blog.

Evergreen, Good Health Naturally.