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How to Get Natural Restorative Sleep

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How to Get Natural Restorative Sleep

Far too many people use various drugs throughout the day — to help sleep, stay awake, or fight anxiety — instead of encouraging natural and restorative sleep. There is probably nothing better on this Earth than awakening each day energized, regenerated, and well rested. Here we will explore some new and interesting ways to help us get a healthful and restorative night’s sleep.

8 Things You Shouldn’t Do Before Bed

Many people simply have not heard about other options to encourage sleep naturally. They can resort to taking both a medication for sleep and for the anxiety that ensues from a lack of rest, which virtually becomes a 24-hour cycle of drug dependence. This all too often creates side effects that can lead up to dangerous complications that even include death. New research exposes that regular use of these powerful drugs is now linked to dementia. If you have ever seen anyone you love suffer from dementia you know how devastating this can be, let alone consider having this condition yourself.

Researchers compared a group of approximately 100 French seniors who took benzodiazepines and similar drugs to 1,000 people who did not take any drugs, over a 15 year period. The ones who took the drugs had a 60 percent higher risk of dementia — and that’s even after adjusting for the usual variety of risk factors, according to the study in BMJ.

What makes this even more disturbing is that the drugs they tracked are practically household names — including Ambien, Halcion, Klonopin, Restoril, Valium, and Xanax. These types of meds were never meant for long-term use. The problem, of course, is that people who turn to them for a short-term problem with sleep or stress, can end up relying on them day after day (or night after night), and year after year. You probably know some people who are most likely ‘hooked’ on these drugs, even if they don’t walk around advertising it. There could, however, be a happy ending, and that is the fact that dementia caused by medications can sometimes be completely reversed by getting off those drugs and onto safe, natural alternatives.

Alas sometimes, it’s too late — and that’s why the better plan of action is to not take these drugs in the first place. Why not seek, or recommend to someone, a second opinion before starting treatment which could help those facing this decision find a way to sleep naturally and have pleasant dreams without taking drugs.

Simple practices can be explored, such as: no caffeine after midday, a cup of chamomile tea, and a warm bath with lavender bath salts in the evening before bedtime. (Read here for some more diet strategies for better sleep.)

I like to envision beautiful sleeping spaces and places that encourage a restful sleep. A simple scrap book or vision board can be created and paged through at bedtime to set a restful tone for your positive affirmations during the evening sleep cycle.

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Celeste Yarnall

Celeste Yarnall, PhD shares musings on myriad of topics at her Celestial Musings Blog. She is the author of The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care with Jean Hofve, DVM and Paleo Dog. Celeste is an actress/producer/activist/writer and keynote speaker. She and her husband Nazim Artist created the Art of Wellness Collection and are the producers of Femme: Women Healing the World. They live in Los Angeles, California with their beloved Tonkinese cats. Join Celeste at her website or on Facebook.


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11:39PM PDT on Oct 20, 2014

very nice

8:22AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

If only sdome of these methods/ recommendations would work on everyone with these problems. Thank you.

8:28AM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Thank you Celeste, for Sharing this!

11:55PM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

How do you know you'll have a bad day? You wake up to find your water bed broke - and then you remember you don't have one...

A proven sleep inducing technique is also found in the practice of Alpha Thinking...there is a very specific mental process that is highly effective

11:29PM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

unfortunately there are extreme cases when natural just doesn't work! but sleeping pills long term is not the answer.

11:29AM PDT on Oct 26, 2012


5:33AM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

Thank you, but I still need my sleeping pills im afraid..

3:54AM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

Thanks Celeste for the info. Will have to check out the floating bed!

3:18AM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

Thanks for sharing .

2:54AM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

Another great article. Thank you Celeste. I know you're probably going to be hearing from people who say that they've read some very negative information regarding the Bemer. I have, too, but I wouldn't put too much stock in what they have to say. They don't seem to have any real facts or information to back up their negative comments. I did find a site that has some great rebuttals to these nay-sayers ... that perhaps some of your other readers would like to check out.

I personally have tried Bemer, and I love it. A friend of mine has one, and she's been gracious enough to let me use it. I didn't notice anything immediately (except that it does feel good to just lay on it and meditate for the 8 minutes it takes for a treatment. I've used it several times for a couple of months now, and I am notice a couple of things. I can't wait until I can afford to buy one for myself. I'll email you for more info when I'm ready! Thanks again!

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