11 Naturopathic secrets to a good night’s sleep

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3. Dreamy Lavender

Lavender calms and soothes the nervous system, helping to ease anxiety and induce sleep. If you are feeling stressed, taking a lavender bath or placing the essential oil on your wrists before a shower can be extremely relaxing. To help with insomnia, place a few drops of lavender essential oil on a tissue under your pillow, or drink a lavender (or chamomile) tea in the evening, this will help you to unwind and help to induce sleep.

4. Get active

When you are tired, exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing, however often it is the things we don’t want to do, that are the best for you! Exercise releases endorphins, which triggers feelings of positivity, reduce anxieties and can help to promote sleep. Although high-intensity exercise is a great way to tire the body and encourage sleep, it is important to reflect on your energy levels and do the right exercise for you. If you are suffering from adrenal fatigue, adding another stressor to your nervous system may do more harm than good. Opting for low intensity exercise such as restorative yoga, tai-chi, or taking a walk with friends is a great way to promote movement, without harming your nervous system. Some people find exercising later in the day will induce sleep, and others find that this overstimulates the nervous system – it is important to find what works for you.

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