I’m not sure if you can relate but I sometimes I find it hard to switch off after a day working on my business.
I have a seriously over-active brain and would definitely win the gold medal in overthinking.
I’ve recently been trying these tricks and found them super useful. However, like everything life…sticking to these will take discipline and consistency to see the best results.
Getting a decent nights sleep not only helps you perform at your best the next day, it also helps keep you healthy and can stave off diseases in the future.
This is pretty important stuff.
The bad news is that you’re going to have to skip the glass of wine that helps you unwind, the late night snack and watching your favourite box set. I KNOW this seems like the most tempting way to relax but I’m going to give you three much healthier and effective habits for a great nights sleep.
Sprinkle some pure lavender oil on your bedding.
Lavender is a powerful neuromodulator, which means that it lowers your blood pressure, heart rate, and skin temperature, making you more relaxed and likelier to fall asleep.
There’s also an associative quality to regularly smelling lavender before you sleep. If you make this a habit, it will signal to your brain that it’s time to wind down (once you’ve established this association, you can tap into it on the road, too; just throw some lavender in your travel bag).
Jasmine oil is a good alternative and can produce similar effects.
Drink Nut Milk
Rather than buying a powdered milky drink that’s high in sugar, you can make your own relaxing bedtime drink using a nut milk, like almond, which is full of magnesium. Magnesium helps reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol and calms the nervous system.
My favourite recipe is to warm unsweetened almond milk with turmeric and bee honey. You can get my favourite bee honey here (affiliate link).
Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which can prevent nighttime stomach problems that might interrupt your sleep.
Have A Hot Bath
Our circadian rhythm follows roughly a 24-hour cycle and depends primarily on how bright our environment is. Our body temperature automatically dips a couple of degrees at night, causing us to feel sleepy.
So when you take a hot bath–ideally 60–90 minutes before bedtime–your body temperature rises, but the rapid, steeper cool-down period immediately afterward relaxes you. Also, make sure your bedroom is cool and fresh so it helps your body temperature to decrease.
There you have it! Three healthier habits to help your overactive brain get a better nights sleep.
While falling asleep might seem like a passive process, there’s a whole cocktail of neurotransmitters involved in it. Luckily, that means there are many physiological “levers” you can pull on your way to a better night’s sleep. Get your evening routine right, and you’ll be able to enjoy the spoils that come with it–better concentration, memory, and moods, enhanced creativity, and reduced inflammation and stress. Winner!