4 natural ways to get a better night’s sleep

4 Natural ways to get a better night’s sleep

If at the end of a long and exhausting day you just can’t go to sleep, you’re not the only one. There are many of us in that situation, but here are some tips that could really help.

A survey of more than 25,000 people conducted by SleepScore Labs (a sleep technology company) analyzed two million nights of data and found that 75 percent of people get less than seven hours of sleep a night.

That’s definitely not healthy, as neither is taking sleeping pills each night. If you feel like doing something about it but you're trying a pill-less approach, here are some guidelines that will help you:

1-No Screens Before Bed

No screens before bed

Screens are everywhere nowadays. No more scrolling through Instagram or watching TV before going to sleep. The lights of these devices and the effect some posts or emails have on our brains can make it harder to unwind and fall asleep. The best you can do? Avoid electronics some minutes before you’re going to sleep

2-Sweat It Out

Sweat it out!

Regular exercise in the morning or early afternoon can help you get some quality sleep at night because physical activity is a stress-releaser and will prepare you for a restful night of sleep. So, no more complaining about the gym now, it can help you in more ways than you imagine.

3-Take Some Deep Breaths

Take some deep breaths

If stress is hitting your head, pay attention to your breathing (it will speed up when you’re stressed out). Try slow, deep abdominal breathing before going to bed.

4-Organize Your Bedroom Strategically

Organize your bedroom strategically!

It’s not only about the quality of your mattress, but how your bedroom is arranged. It is important for sleep success. “Move your bed a comfortable distance from the bedroom door where you can still see who or what is coming through, but so you’re not in the direct path,” says Beth Steflik, Feng Shui consultant and teacher. “This placement provides the body the needed relief from the activity of the door, which calms the amygdala — the fight-or-flight mechanism of the brain.”

Isn't this good news? It’s possible to get your snooze on without resorting to meds. In case non-drug remedies aren’t working, you should go see your doctor.

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Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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