1. For starters, my goal has been lately, to go to sleep at a decent time – between 10 and 11pm. I have little kids and they sure aren’t very nice to me at 6:30 or 7am if I haven’t had enough sleep. This is probably my biggest challenge because I’m a night person. I get my second wind at 10pm. Could be why I worked graveyard shift and was able to stay awake all night for so many years.
2. Drink some sleepy-time or chamomile tea. Sometimes this helps me to relax, maybe because of the herbs, or the warmth, but either way I like it.
3. Rub essential oils on my feet. I made a blend of Roman chamomile and lavender oils mixed in a carrier oil. (coconut or almond oils work great). I put them into a little roller ball bottle and rub them on my feet as I crawl into bed.
4. If sleep deprivation is really bad, take a sleeping pill. I’ve been taking Unisom gel caps since I became a mother. I already have a hard time falling asleep because my brain is so busy, but it is really frustrating not to be able to go back to sleep after getting up to feed a baby or comforting a toddler with nightmares. I spent many years working in treatment facilities and watched plenty of clients get a nightly dose of Benadryl before bed. Unisom and Benadryl are not addicting either.
5. Get some good old fashioned exercise. There’s nothing like dropping your worn-out, exhausted body into a soft, comfy bed!
6. I regularly enjoy a hot bath with Epsom salts and essential oils. At night, you can add the lavender and chamomile again. I use the Epsom salts because they help your body remove toxins from the skin. Make sure you rinse off in the shower before getting out so the salt doesn’t stay on your skin all night.
7. I love reading before bed. Most of the time it’s the only time I get to read. And this is usually what quiets my mind. If I’m on a particularly bad spell of insomnia, I might read a really boring book, like chemistry or history!
8. Lastly, my awesome business coach, Heather Laugher, suggested I do something called “Morning Pages,” taken from Julie Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way. Because I have a baby, I am not able to journal in the morning so I journal at night. I bought a beautiful butterfly journal where I write down all of my random and non-so-random thoughts. In this journal I only write about positive things, gratitudes, brilliant ideas, or just ask for solutions for challenges. I don’t vent here because I use my Journaling with Intention assignment to do that. I don’t want my butterfly journal to become toxic. Incidentally, this is where my recent Forgiveness class originated from.
I hope some of these ideas are helpful for you. Here’s to your beauty sleep!