Sleeping Beauty

Jet lag remedies for tired travellers by our lovely wellbeing contributor, Ema Taylor.

Jet lag can be a real burden; you may arrive home exhausted but by the time your head hits the pillow you are wide-awake!

Here are a few tips to help you get a more restful sleep and reset your body clock (if counting sheep is just not cutting it)

No matter what time it is in the country you were visiting – avoid eating a heavy dinner too late at night as you don’t want your stomach to be busy digesting while you are trying to unwind and relax. Foods rich in magnesium and B6 promote relaxation and sleep, enjoy green leafy vegetables, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, pistachios, fish and avocado to name a few.

Adding a magnesium supplement before bed is also a good idea, however avoid B complex vitamins at night as they assist in the conversion of energy – the opposite of what you want right now.

Avoid stimulants such as coffee and sugary foods after 2pm – an obvious one right? Surprisingly it can be overlooked. Sip on herbal tea such as valerian, chamomile, peppermint or a turmeric, almond and honey warm milk.

Tap back into your holiday mindset and stop trying to solve the world’s problems in bed. Keep a notebook beside you and write down whatever is playing on your mind, this allows your mind to be at rest knowing you will remember your fabulous ideas in the morning.

Practice good sleep hygiene; make sure you are unpacked and your bedroom is clean. Try creating a bedtime ritual such as applying beautiful essential body oils to relax your mind and wind down.

Burn essential oils such as lavender, chamomile or peppermint, which are naturally calming.

Now that your’e home, try to maintain a regular sleep schedule – allowing your circadian rhythm to find its rhythm.

Even though your holiday Instagram pictures are blowing up! Keep electronics out of the bedroom. The light from electronics sends a signal to your pineal gland that it is daytime, resulting in reduced melatonin, which is necessary for sleep.

Do not exercise too late in the evening – adrenalin released through exercise can interfere with your ability to relax and unwind.

Meditate, practice diaphoretic breathing or focus on positive thoughts bringing your mind and body back into balance.

You can also visit your local naturopath for a herbal sedative and hypnotic mix, try californian poppy, valerian, passionflower, chamomile or kava. Sweet dreams x

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Images of  Zippora by Terence Connors

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