I always imagine my mind as a car racing down the highway with no hint of slowing down. Unfortunately, this doesn’t bode well for me and my beauty sleep. I find myself tossing and turning on a regular basis, unable to find a comfortable position as I think about the 101 million tasks that I need to complete as soon as I get up the next morning.
Surely I cannot be the only one having this experience?
Over the years, I’ve come to understand that just because you’re asleep doesn’t mean your body is getting the rest it deserves; we’ve all woken up after 10 hours of sleep still feeling tired AF. I’m always on the lookout for great natural remedies since pumping my body with unnecessary products only adds to my overthinking. With this in mind, I’ve gone in search of natural remedies that will help you, and me, get the most out of our Zzz’s. Here are a few great ones that I’ve tried so far:
1. Lavender Essential Oil:
I love the smell of lavender … in small doses. After years of hesitation, I finally decided to board the “lavender-is-good-for-sleep” hype train. So far, it hasn’t let me down. Along with its deliciously fragrant smell, lavender is excellent for sleep and anxiety ( double win!). I usually add a few drops to my pillow before bed, and on really tough days, enjoying a lavender infused warm bath is great for reducing anxiety.
2. Soothing Sounds:
I live next to a busy main street, so car horns and screeching tyres are nothing new to me. Unfortunately, this isn’t great when I’m trying to drift off to sleep and enjoy a relaxing night’s rest after my lavender bath. Whether you’re someone who lives next to a busy street or you merely need noise to fall doze off, having soothing sounds in the background can be a great way to relax and fall asleep. Apps like Headspace and Calm are great for this, and I would even go so far as to include YouTube.
3. No Screen Time:
This is one of my biggest problems. Logging onto social media and scrolling through my newsfeed before I head to bed, and after I wake has become one of my worst habits. According to research, by looking at a screen before bed, you’re sending a signal to your brain to “wake up”, throwing your entire sleep cycle out of whack. Switch all your devices, including the TV, off at least an hour before bed. (I’ve spent a week doing this, and it’s worked wonders).
4. A Sleeper’s Paradise:
Confession: sometimes I love watching series on my laptop while sitting and eating in my bed. According to sleep experts, this is an absolute NO. Your bedroom should strictly be reserved for sex and sleep, anything outside of these activities forces causes your brain to “wake up” every time you enter your bedroom. It’s not always easy to ditch these activities when your bed is so comfy, but it will help you to sleep better.
5. A Nightly Routine:
Having a bedtime routine is definitely a great way to let your body know that it’s time to settle down and go to sleep. I love indulging in a few minutes of meditation, it helps keep me sane and allows my body time to settle down before heading to bed. Meditation doesn’t have to be everyone’s nighttime routine; whether it’s a few minutes of reading each evening or a warm cup of chamomile, find a routine that suits you. You’ll be enjoying a peaceful night’s rest in no time.