4- Magnesium tablets
There has been enough research to show that during your 8 hours of sleep, your body does most of its recovery from everyday use. To do this, it uses the chemical magnesium to repair cells in your body systems. On a sleepless night, your body isn’t doing this recovery at the same speed.
This means when you do get up, not only do you not feel rested but your body hasn’t actually done all the recovery it needed to either.
I have a sneaking suspicion the two go hand in hand, so I help my body out with magnesium tablets. 2 a day on normal days, 4 on a sleepless night. Hello recovery while I’m awake!
5- Grapefruit essential oil
I know that when most people think of essential oils, they think of lavendar to relax them and help them sleep. Honestly, I’m over lavendar. Apart from healing burns, I think it’s a sorely overrated essential oil.
Grapefruit on the other hand – now that oil I love. Your daily dose of vitamin c without having to drink orange juice every day, and it has such an uplifting quality that my clients have gone on to spring clean the house after finishing a massage. It’s THAT good.
Two drops in 10mls of grapeseed oil and applied to your face, neck, arms, legs, feet…wherever and feel the benefits all day long.
6- Get a massage
It would be remiss of me – a massage therapist – if I didn’t point out that a massage does as much recovery to your body as 8 hours of sleep. It boosts circulation, repairing muslce damage, soothing nerves and a whole host of other physical benefits.
But instead of 8 hours, it only takes 1 hour. Kind of a win-win when you think about it.
So..those are my go-to’s. I’m not saying you have to fit them ALL in every day. That would definitely be challenging, particularly for those of us who have new babies at home or night shift work. But even if you just try one of these ways next time you’re shattered and need something OTHER than coffee, I hope you find one that works for you.