5 Ways To Naturally Improve Your Sleep
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5 Ways To Naturally Improve Your Sleep

Are you dealing with sleep deprivation and want to consider something other than prescription sleep aids? Thankfully there are some easy, natural sleep remedies that have helped many people improve sleep habits. From 2005 to 2010, the number of emergency room visits related to zolpidem, a common medication found in Ambien and other sleep aids, jumped up nearly 220%. Here are some alternative solutions.

Purify Your Bedroom's Air

Do you suffer from allergies, have pets or smokers in the house, or live in a metropolitan area where pollution is high? Then using an air purifier may be a good solution for your sleep quality. In a 2010 Harvard study, it was discovered that higher levels in air pollution increased the risk of sleep-disordered breathing, low blood oxygen levels, and reduced quality of sleep. An Air Purifier with a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter removes 99.9% of dust particles bigger than 0.3 microns. Your health is influenced by what you do with the most consistency, and you spend more than 1/3 of your life sleeping.

Sleep in a Cooler Climate

Sleeping in an environment with a temperature between 60-68 degreed Fahrenheit creates a "Thermo neutrality Zone" optimal for sleep. It's even been found that those suffering from insomnia have a higher body core temperature. If you need to cool your bedroom or even the surface you sleep on, there are some very easy options. There have been wonderful advancements to your basic bedroom fan, as well as air coolers. New sleep technology has also produced temperature controlled mattress pads.

Aromatherapy with Essential Oils

For thousands of years cultures from around the world have used aromatherapy for a wide range of functions including: reduce anxiety, ease depression, boost energy, eliminate headaches, and induce sleep. Essential Oils are highly concentrated liquids distilled from leaves, roots, pedals, and seeds of plants. Some extracts, including Lavender, have shown to be beneficial for sleep. You can use Aroma Diffusers to break down essential oils into micro molecules, and then project them into the air to fill your bedroom.

Light Therapy

Everyone has a natural sleep/wake cycle that tells their body when it is time to go to bed, or time to wake up. This internal clock is generally set to the exposure of bright light. However, in months where sunlight is limited, or if you are indoors all day, it is fairly easy to throw off this cycle. A Light Therapy system can mimic outdoor light and help adjust your circadian rhythm. Some Light Therapy Systems also use gradual light to mimic a rising sun in the morning to allow your body to wake up on its own, in comparison to a jolting alarm clock.

Sleep on Organic Materials

Do you have sensitive skin that causes itchiness or irritability in bed? Do you have concerns with flame retardant chemical used in many mattresses? Do you suffer from allergies? Then you may consider sleeping on an organic mattress, and also utilizing organic pillows and sheets. An organic mattress uses all-natural materials, and its construction avoids the use of all glues and adhesives, while its natural design completely eliminates the need for fire retardant chemicals or flame retardant barriers.


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