Decleor Relaxing Pillow Mist Unwind & Rejuvenate
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Better You Magnesium Spray
Magnesium works as a natural muscle relaxant, which is why many people swear by it to help with sleep issues.
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Here’s a tip from the lovely people over on the Kiss the Moon blog about magnesium:
“Magnesium is a mineral that rarely gets a mention but it crucial to keep us healthy and well. Findings have shown that magnesium deficiency can lead to insomnia. As magnesium can be absorbed through the skin, a soak in a salt bath is another great way to stay topped up.”
“When it comes to night-time we expect our brains to be able to flip into sleep mode at the drop of a hat. Take a leaf out of the bedtime routines that new Mum’s put in place for babies. Starting from the last meal, chance for a bit of quiet play, upstairs for a bath, changing in to clean night clothes and a story with the lights down dim. Put time aside to enjoy getting ready for sleep. Some gentle music, a warm soak and a bit of pamper time before bed.”
“Deep breathing is one of the most effective relaxation techniques to encourage you to fall asleep. Close your eyes and take three long, slow deep breaths which helps you to concentrate on the moment rather than past or future problems and also de-clutter the noise levels in your mind. Ahhh – that’s better already.”
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Get Some Sleep with Frankie Brogan
If you’re a frequent visitor of our website, you’ll have read our fabulous piece all about sleep by associate Nutritionist Frankie Brogan. Here are some key points from his feature:
Sleep and kiwi
Kiwi fruits are presently being investigated for their ability to aid a restful sleep, with promising results. In one study, consumption of two kiwi fruits an hour before bed may shorten the time it takes to attain a restful sleep, while improving its duration and quality (3). It is theorized that these properties come from a range of bioactive compounds found in the fruit, including serotonin (which the body can convert to melatonin, the sleep hormone).
Sleep and cherry juice
Speaking of melatonin, tart Montmorency cherries have been reported to contain high levels of it, along with other phytochemicals. One 2012 study compared a group of volunteers who took cherry juice to a placebo group, in terms of sleep. The cherry juice group reported more effective sleep, increased bed in time, total sleep time and an elevated melatonin levels compared to the placebo group (4).
The importance of magnesium supplementation for sleep
Magnesium is a key mineral in our bodies, used for over 300 enzyme functions. Primarily, it’s necessary for muscle and nerve function, can relax muscles and calm the nervous system. When we have enough of it, it can be great for stress relief and reduction of anxiety. Magnesium insufficiency on the other hand, can be highly disruptive to sleep.
Read the full article on our website here for more advice.
Did you know that Lavender tea is great for calming us in when we are feeling anxious? Plus it can help to prepare our bodies for sleep. You can drink it on its own or blend it with chamomile or valerian. Oil blends that contain Lavender oil are also really effective when applied to pulse points before bed!