- Practice meditation. Learning to meditate is easy, and the benefits support all age groups. Meditation is a relaxation technique accessible to all age and provides both physical and mental benefits that are conducive to complete sleep.
- Drink a cup of tea. Chamomile tea has provided soothing relaxation for soon-to-be sleepers for centuries. In addition, there is also evidence that chamomile tea can help lower blood sugar in people living with diabetes. If you or your loved one is allergic to chamomile (a member of the ragweed family), try Ashwagandha tea or Passion Flower.
- Reduce lighting. Constant brightness and glaring lights can affect our bodies by creating the perception in our brains that the sun is still shining. To prepare our bodies for sleep, it is best to relax in a semi-lit room. Install dimmers in hall lights and keep nightlights in the hallway for night trips to the bathroom.
- Establish regular sleeping hours. Routines are dependable and having a sleep schedule helps train the body when to go to sleep and when to wake up. Once a ritual has a strong foundation, sleep will come more easily and be more consistent.
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