7 Tips to Help You Fall Asleep

If bedtime has become a battle, read on for some helpful tips to help you get to sleep.

1. Take a bath: Few things are more relaxing than getting comfortable in your own skin, and soaking in a tub is a great way to force yourself to slow down. Adding soothing ingredients like lavender and oatmeal literally rinses away the day while releasing muscle tension and softening skin.

2. Follow a soothing routine: Planning ahead can help when developing a routine for better sleep. Try dimming the lights, changing out of your daytime clothes, and slowing things down in general. By creating a consistent routine new balance 996
, your body will become more responsive to the cues that lead up to bedtime and trigger relaxation.

3. Sip some herbal tea: Although “herbal” tea is not a true tea, these caffeine-free concoctions are warming and soothing, and help to calm your nerves before bedtime. Another benefit is that most are safe for children (always read the instructions and refer to a medical professional if you have questions regarding safety for your child). Some of the more popular teas are California poppy, valerian, kava kava, and chamomile; there are also many organic blends available at most grocery stores cheap official jordans
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4. Eat to sleep: Avoid caffeine, alcohol, sugar, or large amounts of protein before bed. Avoid these for at least 4 hours before bedtime to fall asleep faster and stay asleep throughout the night, keeping insomnia at bay. If that’s not enough, try adding extra (healthy) carbs, calcium, magnesium and tryptophan in the evening for natural sedative effects to promote relaxation both mentally and physically. Check this list for healthy sources of these natural sleep boosters.

5. Slip on a sleep mask: An eye mask filled with organic wool, cotton, buckwheat or herbs can help to block disturbing light and relax tense facial muscles after a long day. For sore, red, or burning eyes jordan retro cheap
, most masks can be chilled in the freezer or (my favorite) slightly warmed to relieve sinus congestion or seasonal allergies.

6. L-Theanine: This awesome amino acid appears to elevate alpha-brain wave activity in the brain (say that five times fast), which is a sign of deep relaxation. By easing physical and emotional stress l-theanine helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep throughout the night, and can also ease anxieties during the day. Since this soothing ingredient, typically found in green tea, is an amino acid, it is considered safe for most people and doesn’t have any significant side effects. It is available in chewable tablets that have a great fruity flavor and work extremely well for children.

7. Slow your mind and body with some relaxing yoga: Think calming with deep breaths – not sweaty, hot, “pretzel” yoga. Yoga increases blood flow to your muscles and brain, and deep breathing sends the “relax” message to your central nervous system retro kicks
. The act of simply being still with eyes closed is often enough to slow your body and mind before bedtime. If you are a beginner or tend to gravitate toward intense yoga, this blog by OMI walks you through basic poses to prep for sleeping safely. Enjoy, and sweet dreams!

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Yoga

Yoga is an integral part of health for a rapidly growing number of people, mainly because of the (hopefully permanent) trend toward naturally healthy living.

For most people, I think, yoga comes about as a result of a desire to live healthfully. For me it was the opposite. I fell in love with yoga, and the awareness my practice brought to me of the connection between my body, my surrounding environment and myself brought about a resulting fascination with organics, nutrition and eco-friendly living. I suppose it could be said that yoga brought me to a place where I am working here at Lifekind, for an obsessively organic company, writing a blog about yoga.

To say that I love yoga would be a gross understatement. “Obsession” would be more accurate. I practice Bikram yoga which, for those not familiar with it, is 90 minutes of yoga practiced in a room heated between 95 and 105 degrees. The practice has taught me so much about my health and my body, as well as better ways to handle stress and angst in my life. I know, for instance, that I feel nauseous and dizzy during class if I’ve eaten non-organic or unhealthy food, or haven’t had enough water or sleep that day. It also helped me to discover that I’m lactose intolerant, which I may never have found out without help from accute reactions during yoga classes after eating dairy.

I learned to center myself and focus on my breath whenever emotional or physical stress abides in my life, and to remind myself that my only requirement is to keep breathing — that if I do that, I can make it through anything. I learned to control my body movements, making me less of a klutz in everyday life (emphasis on the “less.” I am still very much a klutz). I learned to bend over backwards until I can see the backs of my knees, which I have to admit I think is pretty neat.

Recently, while taking a yoga class, I got to thinking about my yoga gear. I realize that this is not the sort of Zen thought that should be going through my head during meditation, but it’s harder to control the brain than the body. I thought about my bright blue, synthetic latex mat; my pretty yoga outfit which, although cotton, was grown in who-knows-what conditions somewhere in China; and my bright white towels that were washed in detergent containing bleach, optical brighteners and, that one term I’ve come to dread on labels, “fragrance.” (“Fragrance” is a term used in labeling products that can mean any combination of 600 chemicals, a vast majority of which haven’t been tested for toxic or carcinogenic properties. This is one of many valuable blips of information I’ve picked up in my short time working at Lifekind.) What’s worse, I had forgotten to bring my trusted Kleen Kanteen to class, and was drinking bottled water. What? Not only was this bad for the environment, but I was in a heated room, drinking from a plastic container. There was no way that could be good for me.

All of these revelations running through my mind began to make my head spin. Why was I allowing such hazards to my health during, of all times, a yoga class?

And so I’ve embarked on a mission to organify my yoga experience. It’s only logical that this should be my next step in living a more organic lifestyle. As a recent college graduate who hasn’t yet gained her fortune, I don’t have the means to overhaul my entire collection of yoga ensambles on a whim. Therefore, I am approaching this as I am approaching building an organic bed: starting with those items that are in immediate contact with my skin and working my way down. So far I’ve purchased an organic, American-grown sports bra, and I think that’s a pretty good start. I wear my sports bra proudly and know that I am one tiny step closer to doing something great for myself.

Kristen, Product Specialist