We can’t emphasise how important sleep is. Studies have shown that a lack of sleep not only affects productivity at work, but can also lead to weight can and various health problems, such as heart disease and stroke.
But unlike your computer, you can’t just sleep at the click of a button. The good news is, these tips from Dr Olivier Wenker might help you sleep better.
Infuse your room with lavender scent
Dr Wenker says, “Lavender is known to slow brain waves, so it’s something very perfect for your bedroom. [If] you put lavender in the bedroom, you’re gonna have a much more restful sleep.” A simple way to do this is to add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your diffusor. Not a fan of diffusors? Try a lavender-scented pillow mist.
Create the right environment
Dr Wenker suggests keeping your room dark at night to avoid disrupting your circadian rhythm, or your internal 24-hour body clock, which regulates your cycles of sleepiness and alertness. If you lack sleep, you’ll find yourself prone to bigger swings between the two states, which, in turn, affects productivity. By dimming the light in your room, you’re telling your brain to feel tired, so you can slip into sleep easily.
Switch off all communication devices
He also emphasises the importance of turning off your TV and mobile phone half an hour to an hour before you go to sleep. He says, “If you don’t do so, your body is still in the mode of processing all these waves and information.” He adds, “Because the light that it emits – the blue light and some light frequency – will disturb your brain and will disturb your sleep path. The best will be to turn off WiFi and to turn off your phone at night, because then you don’t have radiation.” He recommends switching off the phone as opposed to setting it on silent mode because the vibration alerts can disturb your brain.
Did you know that detox is important for sleep? Toxins in our body can lead to insomnia. Dr Wenker opines that it’s not only important to take note of what you eat, but also reduce your exposure to chemicals. In fact, toxin buildup can also lead to obesity.
Use essential oils
One of the most commonly known benefits of essential aoils is their ability to calm your nerves. Dr Wenker says that inhaling scents such as lavender, bergamot, jasmine, neroli, orange blossom and ylang ylang “will calm your brain and emotions, and will give you better dreams.”