Are you getting enough or too much sleep? According to recent studies, 7 hours is the ideal amount of time that you should be getting your shut-eye. Surprisingly, too much can be as bad as too little (in terms of your health.) Folks who lived the longest got between 6.5 and 7 hours of sleep. So here’s how I’m challenging myselffrom now until Memorial Day (then hopefully it’ll become a habit.) I plan to try to be in bed by 10pm and then rise at 5am. The rising part of the equation will be tough because..well it’s 5 in the morning! The absolute joy of doing this is that I will add another 2 productive hours to my already time-challenged days. I actually love to rise early, when everything is still outside and the family and dogs are still asleep. I make myself a cup of green tea and pull my thoughts together. It’s also an excellent time to practice my yoga or work with my kettle bells.
What if you have problems sleeping? You could try the following, which I’ve found to be very helpful:
1. Essential Oil Blend: Try creating a blend with the following oils: 9 drops of Marjoram EO, 8 drops of Vetiver EO, and 14 drops of Lemon EO. Combine these oils with 1 tsp of vegetable oil and place in a diffuser, electric burner 1/2 hour before bed.
2. Natural Calm: This magnesium supplement has really helped me to sleep. I take 2 tsp before bed every night.
3. Valerian or Hops: You can order these herbs either as a dry herb with which you would make a tea, or as a tincture from a health food store.