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Natural ways to improve sleep and reduce stress

A poor night's sleep and an inability to cope with stress usually go hand-in-hand, so it is important to find ways to combat both.

Natural remedies are a great way to do this and there are plenty of therapies and herbal oils out there that can really help.

Meditation

Meditation is a really great way to fight stress and prepare the body for a restful night's sleep.

Jillian Lavender, director at LondonMeditationCentre.com, explained: "In just a few minutes of meditating, oxygen metabolism drops to a level that is many times deeper than the deepest point in a night's sleep.

"This profound rest creates the conditions for deep rooted stress and fatigue to be released from the body. Then when we go to bed at night our sleep can be more restful."

According to Ms Lavender, this occurs because the normal purification process that takes place during sleep has occurred through meditation, giving the body the chance to relax. By combating tiredness, individuals are better placed to deal with daily stresses.

Yoga

Yoga is a great way to help restore the body's balance, which can help people give more appropriate responses to stress, Charlotte Watts, a nutritional therapist, yoga teacher and co-author of The De-Stress Diet (www.de-stressyourlife.com), explained.

Doing this exercise can calm the nervous system, thereby relieving tension, headaches and muscle pains, which all prevent the body from sleeping.

However, many people feel intimated joining a class but there are plenty of yoga for beginners sessions that are a great introduction to the exercise.

Herbal remedies

Herbal remedies are a brilliant way to stop the symptoms of stress and improve sleep. Whether burnt through incense or taken via a drink, it is worth checking to see what's out there.

Lavender is known to help calm the body and burning a candle with the scent while having a nice warm bath is incredibly relaxing.

Saint John's Wort, also known as Hypericum, is also used to combat stress. It also has antiseptic properties, which are beneficial when treating burns or sores.

Alternatively, try a Valerian & Passion Flower Herbal Drink, which is designed to calm the nervous system and facilitates a good night's sleep.

Posted by Freya Harper

 
 
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