Anyone else have trouble sleeping at night?
Sometimes I seem to pass right out, with no question of anything other than sleep. I wake up with the sheets unmoved, pillows in place and in the exact same position I last remember.
Then there are the nights when I toss and turn, either can’t turn off my mind or where it just feels like sleep is a commodity I haven’t earned. My mind races with todos for the next day, what more I should have done that day, how I’m going to fit everything in to one 24 hour period.
Some nights I’d fall right asleep only to wake up 1, 2 or even 4 hours later wanting to get out of bed and continue the project I had been working on, or once again dreaming of that todo list, a situation from my day or something else entirely.
I started finding the sleepless nights coming more and more often. There had to be something I could do. As a believer in a mostly holistic lifestyle, it wasn’t going to be sleep meds that would “fix” the issue.
Here are the 3 things I’ve done to help my sleep:
I suggest starting with a small dose. I take Natural Calm and only do about 1/2-1 teaspoon every evening. Magnesium has the ability to “clear you out” if you catch my drift so definitely start with a small dose and go up from there, figuring out what is your body’s happy place.
I mix mine with warm water and sip it like tea about 30-45 minutes before I want to go to bed. It helps me start to relax and wind down both mentally and physically. Even if I’m still working on something, I know the time is limited and soon I will have to stop all work and go to bed.
I have a small bottle of Lavender Aromatherapy lotion next to my bed. I rub it on my hands and then just lightly press my hands to my temples, taking a deep breath to really breathe in that lavender.
This bottle is almost empty, so after that I’ll go back to my original routine of putting a drop on my wrists, rubbing them together and then tabbing my temples. Note: it isn’t suggested to put most essential oils directly on your skin, so I would recommend mixing with a carrier (like lotion or coconut oil) first.
Another idea would be to get a diffuser and let it do it’s magic. While I don’t currently have one, I do hope to get one soon.
3. Bedrooms Aren’t For Working
This hasn’t always been an option for me (between RV living, time spent living back in my parent’s house or when my office was in a corner of my bedroom), but when I moved into my current apartment and was trying to decide where I wanted everything to go, I had my desk put in the living room. This has forced my work to happen outside of my bedroom, allowing that space to feel more relaxing and serene. There have been times I’m tempted to grab my laptop and work from bed, but I can usually talk myself out of it, remembering my chairs are more comfortable than sitting up in my bed anyway.
BONUS: Himalayan Salt Lamp
Honestly, I haven’t done this yet but it’s on my list (as in my birthday is a month away and I’m crossing my fingers, but it will happen soon regardless – ha). These lamps have SO many health benefits and improved sleep is just one of those things! I can’t wait to get one (or two) of these in my apartment and keep the good energy flowing.
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What are your top tips for getting a good night’s sleep?
Do you partake in any natural remedies for good sleep?