CRAZY DAYS RUNNING AROUND? WORK, KIDS, DINNER, CLASSES, CLEANING??? It’s no wonder we can get frazzled and can’t relax at night. But there are a few things that can help.
There are certain scents that are known for their relaxing and sleep inducing abilities. These include lavender, ylang ylang, clary sage,chamomile and more. Neal’s Yard Remedies makes specific blends for various specifics including one for night-time with oils to ground you and help you relax. Whether you diffuse the oil in an oil diffuser or just place a few drops near your bed on a stone, a sachet or a pillow, the aromatherapy benefits work in as little as minutes. The alpha waves in our brains love it and tell our minds and bodies that it is TIME TO CHILL. Lavender is known to help you fall asleep faster too. Who doesn’t need that?
No diffuser? Consider a roll on remedy for night time relaxation.
Cut the Caffeine
It’s not unusual to see women walking around with a cup of coffee in their hands half the day. But that’s a detriment. Studies show that caffeine needs about eight hours to leave your system, so having that last cup by 2pm can improve the ability for you to fall asleep at night. At least consider going to decaf if you feel the need to drink it after 2pm. Decaf herbal teas that are made specifically to relax can work wonders too. This one is quite popular.
Wind Down Time
Remember, there is no on/off switch at bedtime. Winding down is key. Take 15, 30 or more minutes to make the transition from activity to rest. This can be done in several ways. Try a few minutes of meditation to relax both mind and body.
Can’t meditate? Try just sitting and NOT with your phone. Clear your mind and shut off sounds,distractions and all electronics. Some people like to keep a journal to write in before bed. Write lists, write thoughts and feelings, poetry, whatever you’d like. Many people (like myself) like to read at the end of the day. I can’t fall asleep without my 30+ minutes of book time. The key is to spend that last hour or so before bed doing quiet and calming activities and not on your phone or ipad, which I KNOW is hard but definitely is something to try, especially when you had a busy stressful day or you know you have a super early wake up time.
Try Deep Breathing
Anyone who practices yoga knows the power of deep breathing. Some people count specific seconds–in for 5, hold for 3, out for 5. Try to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Deep breathing sends calming and soothing messages to our brains.
Try one or more of these methods to see if that makes a difference. I highly recommend the essential oils. You can also consider using some skincare products that not only work for skin but relax your mind as well. The Beauty Sleep Concentrate for face, or body butter both smell heavenly and will give you a sense of calm and serenity while you pamper yourself organically. Frankincense Intense Lift Serum also works therapeutically so you can look good, get rested and feel great!