Experts suggest that adults need between seven and nine hours sleep each night, with our sleep hygiene playing a vital role in our physical health and wellbeing. However, new research has revealed that only ﬁve per cent of Australians are sleeping soundly every night.
The research carried out by health and wellbeing heavyweight nourishedlife.com.au found that sleep deprivation is signiﬁcantly impacting our day-to-day lives, which is not only affecting our general wellbeing and relationships but also our overall safety.
An overwhelming 65 per cent of people in Australia are struggling with sleep deprivation or disturbed sleep. The research revealed that 35 per cent suffer from memory loss and, worryingly, one in ﬁve feel too unsafe to drive.
“Sleep is so important to our overall health and wellbeing. Having a good night’s sleep gives our body the time to heal and repair,” Nourished Life naturopath Melanie Ruckley said.
“A prolonged lack of sleep can have an enormous impact on our lives and it’s often a vicious cycle — when we are lying in bed struggling to sleep, we get more and more anxious as time passes, which stops us from dropping off.”
Here are Ms Ruckley’s top natural solutions for people struggling with sleep deprivation: Philip Stein slim sleep bracelet Designed to help you sleep better and wake up feeling more refreshed, Philip Stein’s natural frequency technology harnesses electrical frequencies emitted by the brain when in a calm and relaxed state to match the natural electromagnetic waves that constantly surround the Earth, helping the body naturally tune into the frequency.
Badger sleep balm A natural sleep aid for adults and children, Badger Sleep Balm contains a unique blend of calming essential oils including rosemary, bergamot and lavender which work together to gently ease you into a relaxed state so that falling asleep can come naturally.
Natural sleep teas replacing caffeinated teas with a soothing herbal tea about an hour before bed helps to calm the mind and wind your body down before you attempt to head off to sleep. Natural herbal ingredients found in sleep teas help to soothe nervous tension and relieve anxious feelings, reducing the mental stress which often keeps a lot of us wide awake and restless all night.
Pineapple Heads Sleepyhead An all-natural bubble bath that will calm and relax your child just in time for bed, Pineapple Heads Sleepyhead is an essential part of any night-time routine. It will help your little one get a restful night’s sleep.
ECO. AROMA pure lavender Lavender pure essential oil is renowned for its abilities to calm, ease stress, induce sleep and encourage a relaxed mind and body.
Use in a diffuser or pop a few drops on a cloth to inhale when required. Kiwiherb valerian root extract.
This product is great for those who are prone to mild anxiety or suffer from insomnia. It helps to relax and gently sedate you, enabling you to doze off and achieve a restful sleep.
Do you have a great remedy that helps promote good sleep? Let others know in the comment section below.