Three Natural Things I Do Every Night To Sleep Well

Anyone else have trouble sleeping at night?

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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:

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1. Magnesium

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.

2. Lavender Essential Oils 

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?

35 thoughts on “Three Natural Things I Do Every Night To Sleep Well

  1. Dia @ All The Things I Do

    These are such great tips, I love essential oils. I am guilt of working in the bedroom. I try not to but I always end up needing to do one more thing. Ah I’ll work on it. Thanks for sharing 🙂
    p.s. love the title of your blog
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  2. Michael Noker

    Moving work (and my television!) out of my bedroom was what made the biggest difference in my ability to sleep at night. I lost that when I moved in with my roommates, though – now I do everything sitting in my bed on my laptop (which isn’t great for numerous reasons!). Hopefully I’ll get back to having my own space soon.

    This was a great post! I stumbled across your videos on YouTube and followed them here. Glad to have found it!
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    1. Katie Post author

      I’ve never tried melatonin but I’ve heard mixed reviews from others on it…I love magnesium though!

  3. KP

    I’ve always wondered if lavender actually works to help fall asleep at night! I should really try it 🙂

    1. Katie Post author

      Melatonin is natural, but I’ve heard mixed reviews similar to yours numerous times. I have never personally tried it as the magnesium seems to be a BIG help for me.

  4. Kiara Catanzaro

    I’ve stopped doing work in my bedroom and it has helped me wonders! I’m currently looking into an essential oil diffuser, so hopefully that will even help me get a better night of sleep, too!

  5. Chrissy

    I do the same thing: lavender oil, magnesium and we have a salt lamp in our bedroom as well as one next to the TV. I believe in their power and love them dearly!

    1. Katie Post author

      Tell him he doesn’t have to worry about it, it’s for you. Meanwhile, he’ll get the benefits anyway. 😉

  6. Charlotte

    It’s funny… I work from home and since we live in a small 1-BR, I figured it wouldn’t be a big deal to create an office space in the bedroom… I realized this is a HUGE mistake and I love that I keep the bedroom reserved for what’s it there for–sleep 🙂 Thanks for this, I haven’t tried that himalayan salt lamp yet, but have heard good things!
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    1. Katie Post author

      I HAVE to make my bed every morning. Not just because clutter makes me anxious but because my bed feels SO much more comfortable when I’m climbing into a bed that isn’t a mess of sheets to sort.

  7. Katie @ Adulting Daily

    I use lavender oil too! Definitely creates a calming atmosphere. I really want to try that “natural calm” out–added to my list! I also like to read before bed to calm my mind down.

  8. Andrew Smith

    The artificial light emitted from our TV, smart phones and laptops disrupts the sleep hormones in our brain. Either put the screen down at least an hour before bed, or for the tech addicts amongst us, download f.lux onto your device; it makes the color of your computers display adapt to the time of the day, so reduces the harsh light at nighttime. Plus it is free.

  9. Ashley

    I need to try some of these. I have been trouble falling asleep some nights. I used to use an app on my phone with a sound of waves and I would be out but when I got a new phone I never downloaded it, and my husband hates it- it just keeps him awake.
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