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Uncommon Ways To Largely Improve Your Sleep Quality

Uncommon Ways To Largely Improve Your Sleep Quality

Having trouble sleeping lately? Has work disrupted your sleep cycle? Try these not-so-popular ways to get some quality sleep every night and wake up feeling more refreshed than ever!

1. Keep These Plants In Your Bedroom

Aloe vera produces oxygen at night, leading to more restful sleep.

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English ivy and Snake plant are great air-purifiers.

A lavender shrub will induce calmness and lower heart rate.

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Finally, a pot of jasmine is known for not only improving sleep but also ensuring greater productivity the next day.

2. Wear Socks

If you’re one of those people who needs to make frequent trips to the bathroom during the night, wearing socks will help you get some uninterrupted sleep. This works by warming your feet, which dilates the blood vessels, somehow telling the brain it is time for sleep. In fact, the warmer your hands and feet are, the faster you’ll fall asleep, according to this research.

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3. Skip The Nap

If you need to nap, do it earlier in the day and for a short duration. Otherwise, give it a miss. Although an afternoon nap has several benefits, including boosting productivity, it is advisable to skip the nap if you’re suffering from insomnia or a sleep-related disorder.

4. Try Aromatherapy

Spray essential oils like jasmine and lavender on your pillow. Otherwise, opt for combination mixtures that relieve stress and help to relax the mind. Other essential oils known for boosting sleep quality include ylang ylang, sandalwood, Roman chamomile, and marjoram. You can mix and match and even create a sleep perfume that works for you. However, before buying check the quality and purity of the oil you’ve chosen.

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5. Sleep Naked

Cooling your body temperature helps you fall asleep faster. Go for a cold shower in the evening and slip under the sheets naked and you’ll fall asleep before you can even begin counting sheep. If you are interested in learning about all the benefits of sleeping naked, check out this Lifehack article.

Beat insomnia with these hacks tonight!

Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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