no more counting sheep

No more counting sheep

Sleep is gold, it truly is and I can and will go into an entire article just about sleep and ways in which you can improve it. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my post about the Aloe plant and its benefits for sleep. But for this week I’m going to share a simple and quick recipe with you all. This is something I make before bed that has helped me have some really deep dream induced nights of sleep.

I’m sure we are all aware of just how much better of a human being we are in terms of mood, energy and brain sleepingfunction we are once we’ve had a good nights sleep.

Part of this starts with a bedtime routine. Yes, just like children before bed, we too still need a bedtime routine. It lets the body and mind know we are winding down and starting to relax, getting ready to sleep. By doing the same thing each night you are telling your body that it’s time to wind down. This may include taking a warm bath, or shower, reading a book or listening to soothing music.

Part of my bedtime routine is to make a cup of chamomile tea. Chamomile for the fact that it doesn’t contain caffeine, which is a stimulant and can keep the brain wired and awake not allowing for a restful nights sleep. But its not just Chamomile in my bedtime mug that helps me sleep well.  I also add in apple cider vinegar, honey and gelatine.

Apple cider vinegar has a range of health benefits, but please make sure you are getting the raw apple cider vinegar, not the processed one. A really good apple cider vinegar should still have some of the “mother” in the bottle.

Raw Honey before bed is said to contribute to melatonin being released in the brain which is an important sleep hormone. Now a concern of mine was the ‘sugar’ (albeit natural) before bed so I did some research of my own. This is what I discovered: “It turns out that raw organic honey is a true miracle food to eat directly before you go to sleep. You may be afraid that the sugar content will cause weight gain, but the shocking reality is that it does the opposite: it helps your body burn fat and allows your liver to process toxins effectively.” you can read more about it on Organic Olivia

And then there’s the Gelatine, now, here again, I am talking about a good quality gelatine not the store bought kind that you make these brightly coloured Jellies with.  I’ve recently discovered the Sally-Ann Creed Gelatine which I’ve spotted in a few health shops here in Cape Town. Nevermind getting your beauty sleep, gelatine will help with that too, however, it also has amazing healing properties for bones and skin. Gelatin contains collagen, which can fight wrinkles and make your skin smooth. I myself have noticed a difference in my skin, it is not as dry and definitely feels and looks healthier. Bring on 30! I’ve got this!!! 😉

Sleep in a Mug Recipe:gelatine

Ingredients;

1 Chamomile tea bag, or leaves

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon honey

1 tablespoon Gelatine.

1 cup Hot water

Method:

  1. In your mug, place the gelatine, apple cider vinegar and a little bit of cold water. mix and allow the gelatine to dissolve slightly.
  2. Place the teabag in the cup and slowly pour in your hot water.
  3. Add in the honey and stir well. ( I like to leave the teabag in and sometimes even pop in a few iceblocks to bring it down to a drinkable temperature.)
  4. Drink before bed and sweet dreams!

 

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Love and health,

“Mama Wolf” x