I started college last September, but ever since November or sometime near exams I’ve been having trouble sleeping. I am the first one from my family to go to college so I have to do well. I study hard, I push myself even when I want to sleep. I wish I didn’t have to sleep actually but I’ve learnt that I need to or else my body will have no use to me. But now I can’t! I go to bed toss and turn, I get headaches and muscle tension. I don’t know what to do! Help!

Advice
Big up yuh self putus! College girl, nice. Good job! I’m so glad you’ve realised you need balance in order to succeed. Insomnia can be the outcome of various lifestyle habits. Improper nutrition can be a contributor. Lessen your intake of stimulants such as caffeine. An eight-hour rest is recommended to replenish your body. I imagine you fill up on caffeinated beverages for energy to stay awake in the day.
Try a detox.
Cleanse your system of the extra sugars (Green juices and coconut water).

Now let’s get you sleepy.

  • Stick to a specific bedtime, even on weekends.
  • Take a warm bath with 8oz of Epsom salt. Soak it in for 20 minutes then go straight to bed. The magnesium from the salt is an excellent sedative and muscle relaxer.
  • Get some passion flowers honey! Boil some water and throw over the flower, let it steep for 40 minutes then strain and enjoy this tea before bed.
  • Try getting some melatonin supplements from the health food store.

Remember dear, all your systems are interconnected. Even though you work on the physical it is also important to work on the mind. Insomnia may be caused from stress and anxiety. So relax putus. Keep a journal, listen to your favourite music, have fun and live well!

Disclaimer: The contributor to this blog is not a licensed naturopath. Advice is given purely from past experiences of others. Seek further advice from a professional naturopathic doctor on the proper dosage and methods of herbal usage.  Mama Tenza will not be held liable for any misuse of herbal medicine or damages.

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