Everyone has a wakeful night or two. It may be something happening in your life or the cup of coffee you had right before bed time. However, if it becomes a pattern, there are some serious consequences.

Studies show that getting less than seven hours of sleep per night can cause obesity, heart disease and some types of cancer. It can also make you a dangerous driver and have an impact on your career. Here are a few things you can try to get a good night’s sleep.

There are a lot of things that can make you uptight, and there are four things you can do to relax. The first I heard as a story. A man went up to his front door and began hanging imaginary things on a bush right next to it. A neighbor saw him and asked what he was doing.

He replied that he was hanging up all the things that had happened at work on the bush so he wouldn’t take it inside. This can be a good idea. Imagery is a great way to relieve some problems.

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Aromatherapy is also useful. Chamomile and lavender essential oils can subtly help you feel relieved. If your work environment will allow it, you may want to consider getting a bottle of the oil and appropriate wicks. You may not feel like taking trouble home that way.

Once you are home, a bubble bath might be in order. Use some of the same essential oils (careful to follow package instructions) and have a nice soak in the tub. The heat can help relax stiff muscles while the aroma helps with a stiff mind.

You may want to try herbal remedies. To know which to use, you will need to see a doctor or a qualified herbal practitioner. Chamomile, jasmine, lavender and passionflower are generally regarded as safe, but they do have side effects and drug/herb interactions.

If depression is the problem, talk to your doctor. Minor to moderate depression may be helped by St. John’s Wort, but stronger medications may be needed. There are also a great number of drugs and herbs that interact with it. You’ll need dosage instructions before using it.

There are some environmental things that can cause insomnia. Caffeine and energy drinks are two of the strongest. Exercising too late in the day is another sleep killer, though if you exercise in the morning, you’ll find it much easier to sleep.

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It’s not a good idea to read or watch television when in bed. Instead, train your body that the bedroom is for sleeping by doing these activities elsewhere.

If none of these work, it’s time to see the doctor. Also, be sure to see the doctor if you have any medical conditions or you are taking any medications. Herbs can make some medical conditions worse, and there is always the possibility of side effects and interactions.