Sally Writes – The process of spiritual ascension brings with it all kinds of sleep problems. You may now find disrupted sleep and insomnia commonplace as your body evolves into higher stages of consciousness. However, sleep remains crucial for all aspects of human health: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Not enough sleep results in exhaustion, anxiety, and irritability, and can increase risk of depression tenfold, research from the National Sleep Foundation reveals. Rest assured, sleeping well during your spiritual awakening is possible with these effective, age-old natural remedies.
The benefits of lavender for sleep are well-documented. It’s been proven to calm the nervous system, lower heart rate, and change brain waves to a more relaxed state. Some studies show that smelling lavender oil half an hour before bed is enough to improve quality of sleep. Pour a few drops of lavender essential oil into your relaxing evening bath. Alternatively, dot the oil on your pulse points before bed, or rub some between your palms, inhale deeply, and feel a sense of calm wash over you.
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Valerian root is a popular natural sleep remedy with strong relaxation and sedative properties. Not only does valerian root induce sleep, but it also ensures your slumber is of best possible quality. Valerian root promotes deep levels of relaxation and restoration, as well as boosts all-important REM sleep. You can take valerian root in tea with chamomile or simply as a supplement. Next morning, you’ll wake up with a clear mind and feel refreshed and energized rather than tired and groggy.
Our sleep is precious time that allows our bodies to heal and rejuvenate, and without enough sleep, our health suffers. That means we must find ways to get proper rest. Unfortunately, many people either can’t sleep or don’t get enough sleep, which is where natural sleep aids come in.
Magnesium is an essential mineral for brain and heart health, and it also plays an important role in sleep. In fact, magnesium deficiency is associated with higher levels of stress and anxiety, which are both major causes of sleep disruption and insomnia. Magnesium works by increasing GABA levels in the brain, a soothing neurotransmitter which promotes a deep, restful sleep. You may be better off getting magnesium through your diet rather than taking a supplement. Healthy, magnesium-rich foods include: leafy greens, almonds, pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate, and whole grains.
Finally, meditate before bed to recenter your mind, body, and soul. Meditation helps you to release stress and anxiety and experience greater feelings of peace and wellbeing. Ultimately, it connects you to the deepest part of your soul, allowing for genuine healing to occur. Restful sleep will naturally follow. You’ll have the clear mind and open heart you need to navigate these waking times.