You are exhausted but you just CANNOT sleep.
You’ve counted a thousand sheep, made a mental shopping list, and seriously considered reading a phone directory…anything to help you fall back to sleep.
The next thing you know, your alarm clock is ringing and you are dreading the day ahead, wondering how you will get through it.
Tired from that spacey extreme fatigue feeling from no sleep?
Here are 4 changes you can make to your diet to help your body find the rest it needs…
1 Say Bye Bye to Booze
You may think that a nice glass of red wine is just the thing for relaxation and sleep.
But alcohol dehydrates the body and shortens your sleep. The quality of sleep that you do get is poor – fragmented and shallow. Hardly restful.
It’s best to stay off the drink until your sleeping patterns are regulated. Or have one glass several hours before bedtime, giving your ample opportunity to rehydrate.
2 So Long Stimulants
Did you know your body can take up to one whole day to process the caffeine in just one Starbucks Americano?
When we are tired, we tend to load up on chocolates (another source of caffeine) and sugary snacks. Instead of giving you that extra boost you were hoping for, stimulants actually make you more tired and restless. You are now just “tired but wired”.
Break the cycle by cutting down on caffeine and refined sugar after lunch time.
3 Go Natural
Before running to the doctor for barbiturates or anti-histamines, give natural sleeping aides a try.
Certain herbs like valerian, vetiver, and lavender have traditionally been used as natural remedies to relax the body and mind and help induce restful sleep.
Unlike pharmaceuticals, which have a tendency to give you a groggy feeling the following day, herbs help the body return to its own natural patterns itself.
In The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, Dr Michael Murray and Dr Joseph Pizzorno suggest 2-3 grams of dried valerian root (eg as tea) 30 to 45 minutes before bedtime. You can also add 1 to 2 drops of pure valerian, vetiver or lavender essential oils to a cup of chamomile tea, also known for it soothing properties. (Essential oils that are not 100% therapeutic grade should never be ingested.)
4 Shake that Body
Yes. It’s not food-related BUT exercise is such an important part of wellness it just couldn’t be left off the list!
The body is built to move! Gentle exercise is fantastic for balancing the body.
Working out first thing in the morning is the best way to get your body to wake up. Those feel-good endorphins are far healthier and more powerful than coffee. Even a brisk 15-minute walk daily can make a noticeable difference.
Avoid strenuous exercise in the evening though, as that can be overstimulating and disruptive for sleep. A half-hour stroll after dinner is a healthy way to end the day.