Claire Grady

By Claire Grady

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Evening Rituals

According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, your body manages and requires sleep in much the same way that it regulates the need for eating, drinking, and breathing. Therefore ensuring a minimum of 6 to 8 hours of restorative sleep daily is vital to maintaining optimum health and wellbeing.

Evening Rituals to aid a better night’s sleep:

1. Regular Routine:

By providing your body with a consistent bed time you can re-set your body clock and get your mind and body into a regular sleep pattern

2. Caffeine: 

Avoid relying on Stimulants throughout the day to keep your energy levels stable. Preferably no caffeinated drinks after lunch and instead opt for a variety of herbal teas which can aid sleep.

* Possible Recommendations: Clipper Sleep Easy Tea, Pukka Nighttime Tea & Dr Stuarts Valerian Plus

3.  Sugar:

Fast releasing sugary treats throughout the day, but especially in the evening, negatively impact our blood sugar balance – disturbed and broken sleep throughout the night can be as a result of a drop in our blood sugars in the middle of the night

4. Avoid large meals before bed:

Ideally leave approx. 3 hours between your last meal of the day and your scheduled bedtime therefore your body won't keep you awake while trying to digest your dinner

5. Magnesium

Magnesium is one of nature's natural relaxants and therefore can help relax tired, achy muscles helping us relax our body before bed time.

* Possible Recommendations: Supplement with Magnesium 365 to take internally OR alternatively enjoy a hot Epsom Salts bath with 10-12 drops of Atlantic Aromatics Lavender Essential Oil which is a great way to unwind after a long day.

6. Starting your day well:

Supplementing with a B Vitamin Complex every morning can promote a slow consistant energy release throughout the day therefore reducing our need for stimulants. This can have a positive effect on our bodies ability to get to sleep and to stay asleep the entire night.

* Possible Recommendations: Viridian High Five B Complex, Solgar '50' B Complex, Terra Nova B Complex

* All of the products mentioned in the above article are only guideline suggestions and anybody taking prescribed medication from their GP should always consult their GP or Pharmacist to identify any contraindications.

For more information regarding supplementation to help with any of the above recommendations feel free to make your way in to any of our 7 stores and speak with our highly qualified staff members.