Getting sufficient sleep is not only vital for our mental and emotional wellbeing, but also for the prevention, management and treatment of numerous health conditions.
Sleeping for less than eight hours per night on a regular basis has been associated with a weakened immune system, higher risk of obesity, heart disease, depression, diabetes, and even certain types of cancer. However, getting enough sleep is not always as straightforward as it sounds, particularly if we have a busy, stressful lifestyle, or are perhaps dealing with an emotionally challenging period in our lives.
The great news is that simple adjustments to our nutrition, lifestyle and night-time routine can have a positive impact and help address sleep imbalances. Changing the way we approach sleep can help the body return to a more balanced state, allowing us to once again enjoy the feelings of vitality and rejuvenation associated with a restful night in bed.
In this video, Karina Stewart shares some simple yet effective tips to help you enjoy a better quality of sleep.
EPISODE 02: Try These 5 Acupressure Points
We asked Caetana Hall one of Kamalaya's TCM practitioners to demonstrate some simple acupressure techniques that can help you fall asleep.
EPISODE 03: Brahmari Pranayama Exercise
Allow Smitha to help you prepare your mind and body for a good night's sleep with this simple to learn Pranayama breathing exercise.
EPISODE 04: The importance of good sleep
Find out why a lack of sleep can seriously affect our physical, mental and emotional health.
Drinking certain types of herbal tea can be an effective and natural way to help you get a good night’s sleep. Fresh flowers or leaves contain the maximum health benefits and the best time to enjoy a hot brew is approximately one hour before you retire to bed. All the teas below are free from caffeine which means you can enjoy drinking a cup without interrupting your sleep.
Mulberry Leaf Tea
Helps promote sleep, maintains healthy blood pressure/blood sugar levels and supports immunity and weight loss.
This well established herbal remedy helps alleviate insomnia and aids digestion.
Rooibos has a relaxing effect and is high in essential minerals, antioxidants and flavonoids. It may also help lower blood pressure and reduce headache symptoms.