Do you struggle to enter LaLa land no matter how tired you are at night? Thanks to WAHM job hours, money craziness, hectic parental schedules, and the pressure to run errands, the typical mom is tenser than ever, which means she may be getting less sleep than her body requires.
It is simple on paper: you are tired after long hours of work and it’s time to sleep, so you start counting sheep within minutes of putting head to pillow. But stress causes things to go haywire, and the exact opposite happens. Even a little anxiety can tense your muscles, prompt your brain to release stress hormones, and elevate your heart rate.
And even if you do manage to get a few Zzzs, stress is going to get the rest of your body more fitful. Also, you’re going to spend more time in the lighter sleep stages rather than REM or deep sleep, which increases the chances of you waking in the middle of the night.
The good news is that you can beat stress-induced insomnia on your own, without turning to over-the-counter medications or sleep specialists, through the following ways:
Sleeping gadgets are your friend
According to International Reviews, some gadgets can help you get more sound sleep. WAHM are always using smartphones, laptops and other devices to get work done: these devices emit high blue-wavelength light, which causes disruption in melatonin production. This can keep you awake for many hours after you finish the last blog post of the day.
Gadgets like BluBlocker sunglasses can protect the eyes from blue light, so you can put in a few more updates before going to bed. Likewise, moms can also take advantage of smart filters that reduce the blue light coming out of laptops and smartphones and coming in contact with the eye.
Natural liquid formulas
At Amoils.com there are natural liquid solutions available with homeopathic ingredients that help in treating insomnia symptoms naturally. For example, apium graveolens is an ingredient that contains a soporific active principle and assists when one has a difficult time falling sleep with an overactive mind or wakes up in the night. Liquid formulas can be applied directly to the temples and the back of the neck half an hour before bedtime, and reapplied during the night.
The use of plants and herbs formulas can too be soothing and calming. This is because plants are a source of cleaner air and absorb toxins with their leaves. Snake plants, aloes, orchids and bromeliads produce oxygen in the night. Formulas that feature jasmine plant will also have a positive effect on the quality of sleep by reducing anxiety.
Use breathing exercises as a transition time between home and work: concentrating on the physical aspects will divert you from professional thoughts and change your mindset. You can also perform this exercise while lying in bed and if you wake in the middle of the night.
Breathe in slow breaths right down in your diaphragm (feel your belly going in and out) until the lungs expand and stop before you get the feeling that you’ll burst. Breathe out slowly until your lungs slowly empty, but avoid gasping. Repeat this exercise five times: and don’t hold the breath at any moment.
Follow these tips to put insomnia at bay.
Do you suffer from insomnia? Do you have any tips to add? Feel free to leave comments.