Losing Sleep? All-Natural Ways to Fall Asleep and Get More Sleep

Not getting at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night (at night) can be just as bad as eating poorly and not exercising. Even more, the Journal of Occupation and Environmental Medicine recently found that women working the night shift had 400% higher risk of cancer.

If you sleep less than 7/hrs per night your chances of getting sick triples.

Often overlooked by most people (especially in the U.S), sleep is one of the most important factors in your health.

All-Natural Ways to Fall Asleep and Get More Sleep:

  • Go to bed in a cold, dark room. (Temperature between 60-73˚) The cold will help decrease your core body temperature, in turn initiating sleepiness.
  • Go to bed at the same time every night, wake up at the same time. Your body will get used to the cycle and it will become easier to get good sleep. Try to get 8 hours per night.
  • Don’t eat foods high in carbohydrates before bed. Focus on nuts, seeds, veggies and meat for dinner.
  • No caffeine after 3pm (it has a 12 hour lasting effect)
  • Exercise daily in the morning. Exercising at night can lead to alertness.
  • Don’t watch TV or work on the computer in your bed. The bright screen can also lead to alertness. I personally like to read a fiction book or spiritual growth book. Non-fiction books tend to ignite new ideas and lead to alertness.
  • If you’re having racing thoughts or worried about the next day, write it all out on paper.
  • Eat the right foods throughout the day. These foods will aid in falling asleep: Grassfed beef, Flaxseeds, Chia Seeds, Wild Caught Salmon, Raw Dairy
  • Supplement with Calcium Magnesium (I recommend CALM) within 1 hour of going to bed.
  • Supplement with Omega-3 Fish oil throughout the day.

 

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8 comments so far - add yours!

  1. Ben says:

    Why is it that I only sleep 4 to 6 hours and I am never tired. I am 60 years old and have always slept this way. Yet others sleep 8 or more and cant keep with me? Most of your studies you have I am the opposite.

  2. Nina Suggs says:

    How do you feel about a ketogenic diet? Keeping carbcount between 20-60 G each day. No fruit or dairy.

  3. Ben says:

    I would like to add that even though I only sleep 4 to 5 hours a night, sometimes i may only get 2 hours. But I am out cold and I don’t have a hard time falling to sleep. As for drinking cafe, after 3 I’ve tried that and I still only sleep 4. I don’t need any kind of stimulant to get going or to wake up once my eyes open that’s it for me, I’m up and going.

  4. Eric says:

    I suffer from sleep apnea. I know that weight loss is a key to reduce, however I am not a fan of the CPAP machines. Anything else I can do until I lose the weight needed to reduce my sleep apnea.

  5. Hannah says:

    8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night… heh… just you wait til you have kids, Dr. Josh, just you wait. ;)

  6. Yvonne says:

    Unlike exercise, stretching has a calming effect. When I have a hard time getting to sleep I get up and do some gentle stretching which has me sleeping 10 min (+-) later.

  7. susan says:

    2yr old toddler not sleeping
    not throwing fit
    pedicatician says night terrors and wants to put him on a med????
    have tried reading books etc

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