As we approach winter, the days are getting colder and much shorter. For some of us, the shorter days and darker skies are a welcome relief from months of heat and bright sunshine. However, many of you may have got used to the long summer days and you may now find yourself struggling to readjust to the earlier dark skies.
The darker months also creates a deficiency of a lot of the vitamins and nutrients that the sun has been giving us over the last few months, which means that you may be experiencing anxiety and low moods. All of these can contribute to having a poor sleep schedule, which will only make any low moods and fatigue that you have been feeling much worse.
When there is a shift in the months, it is perfectly natural for your body to feel out of sync for a couple of weeks as you readjust to the changes in weather, day length and temperature. However, if it has been a while and you feel as though your body is not adjusted and you are starting to feel worn down by a lack of sleep, then it would be understandable that you are searching for solutions.
If you were to visit a doctor concerning your struggles with sleep, then it is likely that they would recommend getting more exercise or even trying sleeping pills. Though sleeping pills work for some, they come with their own risks and are simply not appealing for people that like to take a more natural approach to their wellbeing. Introducing more exercise to your routine may also not be an option if you are someone with an incredibly busy schedule.
If you are someone that does not get on well with traditional sleeping aid methods, then you will be glad to know that you can encourage sleep through your diet. There are many recipes out there that have been proven to help you maintain a healthy sleep schedule and here are just some of them.
You may be surprised to be reading supplement drinks, as these are usually used to boost energy ahead of a long day or challenging workout. People tend to forget that you can put just about any supplement within a delicious supplement drink and there are some that you can use specifically to fall asleep.
Something that you may have noticed in the last year or so is an increase in the popularity of melatonin. Melatonin occurs naturally within our bodies and is one of the many chemicals found within us that help us sleep. You can purchase Melatonin in pill or powder form, and it is a tool that is frequently used for people dealing with insomnia or sleep discomfort. If you are someone that is really struggling with your sleep, then you will be glad to know that you can increase the potency of your melatonin by mixing it with CBD oil. If you are not familiar with what the correct ratios for doing this may be, then take a look at this guide for mixing CBD oil with Melatonin. Once you have figured out how much of each would be appropriate for encouraging your sleep, simply mix it with your favorite fruits or fruit powders to make the perfect supplement drink for bedtime.
Fatty Fish Dish
It appears fatty fish is a solution for just about any health issue that you may be facing. If you are not quite sure what fatty fish refers to, think of tuna, salmon, or mackerel. These fish are full of Omega 3 and vitamin D. You may be thinking, doesn’t vitamin D produce energy? If this was your first thought then you would be right, however, both Omega 3 and Vitamin D produce serotonin, which has been proven to help improve the quality of your sleep.
Something that you may have been experiencing in the last couple of months is being able to fall asleep, but not feeling as though you have had a good nights sleep once you have woken up. This is where serotonin comes in, as it has been proven to help you achieve a deeper and longer night of sleep.
Though this is not necessarily a dish you can have before bed, it would have been impossible to discuss improving your sleep without including chamomile tea. Chamomile tea has been proven to help alleviate feelings of anxiety and stress, which means that if you are someone that suffers from a lack of sleep due to overwhelming feelings of anxiety, then chamomile will be extremely beneficial. As well as alleviating feelings of anxiety, chamomile tea also includes something called apigenin. Apigenin is an antioxidant that binds to the receptors in your brain that handle insomnia and sleepiness. Increase ingestion of apigenin has been proven to help with poor sleep patterns, as well as combatting other issues such as anxiety and depression.
As well as being rich and fibre and great for your body, studies show that digesting walnuts before bed can help encourage a good sleeping pattern. Walnuts contain a high amount of melatonin, which we previously went over. Melatonin is a fantastic tool for fighting insomnia, which is why you should be trying to digest it in any way that you can. Walnuts are very versatile and can be used in just about any recipe, we recommend that you crush some up and pair it with a nice salad before bed.