Besides hitting the gym, sleeping might just be our next favorite thing to do. Studies show that sleeping makes you smarter, more creative and more productive. However, according to the CDC, almost half of Americans say they don’t get enough sleep and less than half of them take any one specific action to change this. We know, from experience, that falling asleep can be an extremely enjoyable activity when you have the right gear. If your love for sleep (or the lack thereof) is lackluster, consider investing in these sleep aids that will contribute to you dozing off in no time!
For starters, supplements and technology are great resources for those looking for that extra aid to get some shuteye . But what’s safe? And how much should you take? Let’s find out!
Daily rituals can crescendo into a major lifestyle change. When you need to calm down your nervous system, take a break and remember your herbal allies. We like to ease our nerves with a cup of our Chamomile with Lavender tea.* These herbs have been used for thousands of years, because they work! Our new article on the Plant Power Journal takes a peek inside our Chamomile with Lavender tea, click the link in our profile for more.
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Chamomile tea is a powerful supplement that has been used for thousands of years as a natural sleep remedy with little to no side effects involved. Chamomile is considered to be a mild tranquilizer and sleep-inducer with sedative effects. We recommend using two to three tea bags and to steep the tea in a covered container to get the most of the medicinal benefits. If you are allergic to ragweed or are pregnant, we recommend taking caution when using this supplement.
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Studies show that melatonin also helps with sleep, and even promotes a deeper, more satisfactory sleep, as it is a natural hormone responsible for regulating the sleep-wake cycle. It is recommended to start with a low dosage and increase it depending on your desired effect. This product should only be consumed in the short-term and you should talk with your doctor if you are considering utilizing this supplement.
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If sleeping doesn’t come easy to you, a bath may be just the solution you need. And what better way to spice up your bath ritual then by incorporating a rejuvenating bath bomb into your “me time?” Lush’s Twilight Bath Bomb is their “most relaxing Bath Bomb yet” with the combination of lavender and sweet tonka absolute to take the edge off sleeplessness.
If supplements and smells aren’t enough to get you psyched for sleep, then how about some soothing sounds to set the mood? One of our favorite audio programs to listen to before bed, called Subtle Mind Expansion, utilizes binaural beats and isochronic tones that are known for assisting the listener in attaining greater states of relaxation and expanded states of consciousness.
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Another item that promotes deep sleep and has garnered increasing popularity recently, and with good reason, is the Himalyan Salt Lamp. Despite the trendiness of the lamp, the effects it has on the body and sleep are truly timeless. Made from Natural Himalayan salt crystals hand mined in the Himalayan Mountains, the lamp emits an Amber color that promotes calmness and tranquility in any on-looker and acts as a natural air purifier.
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When achieving your sleeping goals, or any goals for that matter, it is imperative to get a realistic and clear picture of where you are now and an accurate tool to measure your progression. With the Beddit Sleep, you can do just that. The tool provides valuable insight into your nighttime activity, including a sleep score based on how well you slept that night. Perfect for tracking your progression!