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Stay Well-Rested with These Natural Sleep Tips

Stay Well-Rested with These Natural Sleep Tips

We’d like to suggest trying these all-natural suggestions to help us get the sleep that we need.

Part of living a healthy lifestyle is getting enough sleep every night.  On average, an adult should get 7-9 hours of sleep every night to be able to function at their best.  However, getting the right amount of sleep is often easier said than done.  For those of us who have trouble falling or staying asleep, here are some all-natural sleep solutions that we’d like to suggest for consideration.

  • Exercise

Vigorous exercise is one of the best natural sleep remedies and easily available because it falls under our control.  In fact, studies have shown that daily exercise can help improve both the quality and quantity of sleep that an individual gets.  For the most effective results, we should try to exercise in the morning or the early afternoon.  This allows our bodies the energy to make it through the day and to leave us pleasantly exhausted by night-time.  Let’s just be sure not to exercise too close to bedtime as physical activity is a stimulant and could prevent us from achieving our goal, which is falling asleep.

  • Magnesium

Magnesium is a naturally occurring chemical that plays a huge role in our bodies’ sleep cycles.  Studies have shown that a lack of magnesium can prevent our brains from settling down and entering a sleep state.  This means that a magnesium deficiency often leads to restless, sleepless nights.  Luckily, we can boost our magnesium levels by consuming foods rich in the chemical.  Leafy greens, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, and almonds are all great, natural sources of magnesium.  It is estimated that less than 30% of the adults in the United States consume the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of magnesium, and almost 20% get only half of the magnesium that we need daily to stay healthy!

  • Temperature

Surprisingly, the temperature of our sleep environments can seriously impact our ability to fall and stay asleep.  Ideally, our bedrooms should be kept between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for the best sleeping conditions.  If our rooms are warmer than this, then our body temperatures will rise, disrupting our REM cycles and even causing us to wake during the night.  For those of us who toss and turn at night, we should consider adjusting our thermostats.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we try out these natural sleep tips.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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