It’s an understatement to say that things are a little uncertain in the world right now. With non-stop news pouring in and little to do to distract ourselves in isolation, it’s totally normal to feel more anxious and stressed.
If this is you, take a minute to stop and breathe. This is a new situation for us all and nothing like we’ve ever had to go through before. And sleep is one big thing that often takes a hit when stress and anxiety are high.
Finding it difficult to hit the hay happy? We’ve teamed up with those in the know at Kalms to help you get back to dreamland.
Stress is – super annoyingly – a part of life for all of us from time to time. It’s often a normal response to the demands of work, finances or relationships. Stress can lead to a number of problems, including difficulty in falling asleep and poor-quality sleep.
With everything going on at the mo, counting sheep may not be delivering a good night’s slumber. While we’re taking things day by day, there are lots of things we must wait for and ride out, but a lack of sleep doesn’t have to be one of them.
If things are getting a little too much and you’re feeling anxious and stressed, you may have found your shut-eye is suffering. Luckily for you, we’ve chatted to the experts at Kalms to find ways to help ease your everyday stresses and fall in love with sleep again. After all, Kalms has over 40 years’ experience in providing traditional herbal remedies to help reduce stress and aid Zzzs.
• Stick to a regular bedtime
Always aim to go to bed at the same time every day, even at the weekend. This helps to train your body into a good sleeping pattern.
• Avoid catnaps
As tempting as it may be, try not to snooze during the day. Napping will only make it harder for you to get into a good sleeping habit at night.
• Choose your bedtime beverage
Drinks containing caffeine or alcohol are a definite no-no before bed. Replace them with hot, milky drinks to help you feel calm and relaxed at night.
• Bathe in bubbles
Let your body know it’s nearly time for some sweet dreams by taking a relaxing, warm bath. Try adding lavender bubbles to help you get in the chill zone – go on, pamper yourself!
• Take note
If there are lots of thoughts racing around in your head when you’re trying to sleep, write them down before you go to bed to help clear your mind.
• Listen to your body
If you can’t sleep, don’t lie there getting worked up and frustrated: get up and do something for a while, such as reading a book or trying five minutes of meditation.
• Avoid your phone
Phones, laptops and TV screens all emit blue light, which can contribute to poor sleep. It’s best to log off and avoid screens for at least an hour before you sleep.
Kalms Lavender One-A-Day Capsules* is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the temporary relief of the symptoms of mild anxiety such as stress and nervousness.
Kalms Day** is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the temporary relief of symptoms associated with stress.
We can’t promise that the world will return to normal (whatever that is) when you wake up tomorrow morning but, hopefully, you’ll open your eyes refreshed after a good night’s sleep.
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