3 Things That Could Be Ruining Your Sleep

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There is nothing more important than getting a good night’s sleep, but not everybody manages to wake up in the morning feeling refreshed. Yet the average person spends 25 years asleep, so why not make sure that you’re sleeping well, too? You could be having problems that are easy to solve; below we’ve gone through a few of them, so that you can make the changes required to feel healthier, and you can look forward to waking up feeling refreshed. So get ready to have some coffee-free days (well, we can’t promise that).

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Is your bedroom the sanctuary it should be?

There are many ways to make your bedroom more relaxing, and subsequently a better environment for sleeping. You can do this by making sure you have some good blinds or curtains, preferably the blackout kind, so that it’s dark enough to relax. Tidying your room could also have better impact than you think; a decluttered room will help to create a decluttered mind, which will help you to chill out, stress-free. Another mistake to make is treating your bedroom as a dining room; don’t eat in bed, and try not to spend excessive amounts of time in there either!

Are you drinking alcohol before you go to sleep?

You may think that alcohol helps you to fall asleep quicker, but the quality of sleep simply isn’t as good. This could mean that if you drink a lot (or even a little) before you go to sleep, you’ll be more likely to be tired the next day, and you won’t be concentrating as well as you usually would. It can also lead to sleepwalking – and sleep talking – which will likely disturb the sleep of your family, and lead all of you to be feeling the effects in the morning. There are many programs out there explaining how to quit drinking, if you’re finding it difficult to resist a nightcap.

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Is your mattress the wrong one for you?

You may not realise it, but your mattress could be the thing disturbing your sleep. If you’ve developed a health problems over the last few years, such as arthritis, you could find a mattress that is more suited to your needs than the one that you currently have. Instead of waking up in the morning with a great deal of pain, you could purchase something that really allows you to relax, and wake up feeling ready for the day. Even if your health is fine, your mattress could simply be old and uncomfortable, and getting a new one may be a good investment.

The above ideas are only a few of the many options that you could consider to try and improve your sleep, and it’s worth testing out everything that you can if you feel like counting sheep just isn’t cutting it. So put down the alcohol, start decluttering and cleaning your bedroom, and consider whether your mattress is the thing that’s really coming between you and your eight hours. Get ready to feel relaxed in 3… 2… 1.

 

Busting Through Bedtime Battles

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Think Drinks: How To Make Healthy Beverages More Interesting

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Despite what some people might tell you, very few people actually like drinking plain water all the time. While it is good for you, this sort of beverage lacks the fun found with a lot of the alternatives on the market, instead offering a boring take on something which can be interesting. Thankfully, solving this issue without ruining your diet and healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be a chore. To help you out, this post will be exploring some of the healthy options you have to replace plain water, giving you the chance to try something new with each drink you brew.

A Dash Of Fruit: There are loads of fruits out there which have their own unique flavor. When you have something like water, capturing this taste isn’t too hard, and you can often achieve this goal by simply cutting up your favorite plants and throwing them into a jug of water overnight. Citrus fruits work best for this, but you can also consider the idea of using strawberries, apples, and other juicy alternatives to liven up the drinks you have at home.

A Touch Of Tea: Likewise, a lot of people ignore tea when they are thinking about ways to make their drinks more interesting. This sort of drink is virtually zero-calorie, though, as long as you serve it without any extras like milk or sugar. Iced tea is the best replacement for water when you’re taking this approach, and it can be made using a similar process to adding fruit to your drinks. There are loads of recipes around the web which can give you a helping hand when it comes to making delicious tea.

A Hint Of Honey: Sugar and fat are essential parts of your diet, and they don’t cause any problems when you have them in moderation. Honey represents the healthier side of this coin, with the sugars inside this delicious treat being much better for you than the refined options you get in a bag. As a great addition to hot drinks, along with making cold ones even more refreshing, it’s worth considering this option when you’re finding it hard to enjoy water at home.

Buy It From The Best: Finally, as the last idea on this list, it’s time to think about putting this work into someone else’s hands. Products like Hint flavored water have been developed with health in mind, providing you with something with the same nutritional value as water, only with a bit of taste to make it all better. There are loads of options like this to be tried. Of course, though, it’s worth doing some research to make sure that the products you choose are actually good for you, as some companies use sneaky marketing to sell bad things.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to break the shackles of boring drinks. While water is bland and tasteless, it’s still very good for you, and it’s worth having at least some of it in your diet. This doesn’t mean that you can’t improve it from time to time, though.

You Need To Walk More Every Day, And Here’s Why

 

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Walking is without a doubt the best and easiest way of improving your health and wellbeing. It’s not difficult to do, it doesn’t take a lot of time, and the benefits are endless. I think everyone should try walking more and driving less. There are plenty of reasons for this, and here are the most significant ones:

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Walking is free

It costs absolutely no money to walk from A to B, fact. If you drive or get an Uber, then it costs money. You have to either pay for someone to drive you, or you pay for your own petrol. Take into account the other costs of owning a car, and you can save a fortune if you just walked more often every day.

Walking is safe

Most auto accidents involve two or more parties that are in vehicles. If you drive your car, you could easily be the victim of someone’s reckless driving, and end up in a severe accident. The same goes if you can’t drive and pay others to drive you around. You can easily get in a car accident with uber or lyft, which poses many legal issues as well as health ones. When you walk, you’re typically very safe as you can stay on the pathways away from cars. There’s no danger of someone running at you at full speed, you can relax and enjoy a safe stroll.

Walking burns calories

From a more health-conscious perspective, walking helps burn plenty of calories. If you walk around 10,000 steps per day, then the average person will burn over 2,000 calories. This makes it easier to lose weight if you keep your diet in check as well.

Walking tones your muscles

In conjunction with this, walking also helps tone your leg muscles – particularly your calves. This means you can have much tighter and more toned looking legs, which helps boost your confidence.

Walking is easy on your joints

Many doctors and health professionals say that walking is far superior to running as it’s easy on your joints. Your knees and ankles take a battering when you run, which leads to health issues like arthritis. But, walking doesn’t do this, yet it does tone you up and burn calories; perfect!

Walking improves your mental health

Perhaps one of the best reasons for walking more is that it helps improve your mental health. Going for a long stroll will make you feel more relaxed and bring some happiness back to your life. You get to breathe in fresh air, which is beneficial for your physical wellbeing, but the joy of being outside and feeling active is so great for your mental wellbeing as well. It’s one of the easiest ways to relax, which is why I recommend it so much.

I bet you didn’t think walking would be so beneficial for your mind and body! It’s such an easy thing to do, and we can do it every day. All I’m asking is that you substitute out a few car journeys with walks instead. It may take a little bit longer, but the benefits will improve your life in many ways.

6 All-Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Headaches And Sleep Better – Guest Post

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A throbbing headache is a real nuisance and can even put you out of action for a few hours. The obvious answer is to take a painkiller, but there are loads of natural remedies you can try instead. They’re cheap, quick, and effective. At least one of them is bound to work for you.

  1. Yoga: We all know that yoga is one of the most relaxing activities out there, and it’s a powerful headache cure. The combination of deep breathing, muscle relaxation, and improved circulation is a winning recipe! Research published in the International Journal of Yoga shows that it can even help treat migraines.

Try this: Sit on the floor or in a chair. Straighten your spine and lengthen your neck. Position your right hand on the left side of your head, just behind your ear. Apply gentle pressure and tilt your head to the right. Hold the position for around thirty seconds then repeat on the other side.

  1. Other types of exercise: Almost any type of workout can cure a headache. Even a brisk walk will help. Research shows that when you exercise, your body releases all-natural painkillers called endorphins. Movement also helps stretch the muscles in your neck and back, which eases tension headaches. Add uplifting music for an extra stress-busting effect.
  2. Self-massage: Professional massage, especially if you get it regularly, is a good way to treat and prevent headaches. Unfortunately, not many of us can afford to pay for our own 24/7 masseuse! Luckily, you can learn to ease pain yourself.

Try this: Place your thumbs near your ears, on your cheekbones. Apply pressure to your temples using your fingertips. Apply more pressure – but not to the point of pain – and rub in tiny circles along your hairline. Do this for a few minutes.

You can also try some DIY reflexology. Reflexologists believe that our feet contain a map of our bodies. Stimulating pressure points on the foot can help relieve pain. Rub these three pressure points to relieve headaches:

  • The outer edges of the top of your feet, halfway between your smallest toe and your ankle;
  • The area between your first and second toes;
  • The lower half of your big toe.

Press on each point for approximately 60 seconds.

  1. Water: Do you drink enough water? It sounds silly, but lots of us actually forget to stay hydrated. The bad news is that even mild dehydration can give you a nasty headache. Get at least nine glasses per day and stay away from dehydrating drinks like coffee and alcohol. Don’t forget that food contains water too. Stock up on cucumbers and watermelon!
  2. Magnesium: According to natural health experts, taking 200-600mg magnesium every day can prevent headaches. It lowers levels of chemicals in your brain that transmit pain signals.
  3. Aromatherapy: Essential oils relieve tension, improve blood flow, and reduce pain perception. If you have a headache, simply smelling the right essential oil can help you feel better within minutes. Here are a few of the most popular:
  • Lavender: Scientific research shows that sniffing lavender oil helps 71% of migraine sufferers feel better. Put a few drops on a tissue and inhale for around 15 minutes.
  • Peppermint: You might think peppermint is energizing rather than soothing, but it quickly gets to work on headaches. Dilute it with a carrier oil and rub a few drops on your forehead and temples. (Remember, never apply undiluted oil to your skin.) It will soon stop that uncomfortable throbbing feeling.
  • Rosemary: Rub it onto your skin to melt away muscle tension in your head, neck, and shoulders. Rosemary is also good for promoting healthy sleep, so it’s perfect to apply just before turning in at night.
  • Eucalyptus: This oil is a fantastic decongestant, so it’s perfect for sinus headaches. It quickly opens up nasal passages and encourages detoxification.

With so many natural treatment options around, you don’t have to live with headaches. There’s plenty of scientific evidence that these remedies are safe for most people. However, if your headaches are severe or you notice any other symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor. When it comes to your health, it’s always best to err on the side of caution.

 

Author Bio

Clara Masters

 

 

 

 

 

Clara is an entrepreneur and content marketer. In a former life, as a corporate business executive, she relied on yoga, reflexology and other alternative practices to fight stress, anxiety and find balance. At Massageaholic.com she’s on a mission to bring massage therapy closer to those who want to live a balanced, healthy life, connecting body, mind and spirit. You can follow her on Facebook and Pinterest.