This used to be my motto during college up until I met my hubby on my 25th birthday. However, now that I’ve been suffering some weird ass wave of insomnia, I regret ever letting those words fly out of my mouth. For the past 2.5 weeks, I’ve slept like garbage. Tossing and turning, waking up multiple times in the night, hearing every little sound in our apartment, it’s horrible. I’m SO exhausted yet, I still can’t fall asleep. Instead of blaming the usual scapegoat (stress), I’ve turned to more natural ways to help me fall asleep.
Surprisingly enough, this tactic worked for a long time, however, one day it just stopped. Maybe my stress level is too high to be relaxed right now. But that doesn’t mean it can’t work for you. Lavender oil has been known as a calming force for ages. Used in a lot of candles, laundry detergent, and even during massage sessions, lavender is supposed promote relaxation. After getting a tip from my doctor, I began putting straight lavender oil on the bottom of my feet before bed. I swear, within 15 minutes, I was out like a light and slept like a baby. I also heard that a few drops / spray of lavender oil on your pillow works too- but not everyone has a pillow to sacrifice (I sure as hell don’t!).
Known in the mineral world as being one of the biggest deficiencies around in human bodies, magnesium is essential. Magnesium plays a big part in healthy bone growth, heart health, energy production, and muscle relaxation. Taken in pill form or in spray form, take some magnesium about an hour before bed and you’ll feel the affects. You certainly don’t feel high as a kite relaxed, but you do notice that your eyes and legs start to feel heavy.
Unlike lavender oil and magnesium, melatonin is a guaranteed success. However, I try to avoid melatonin because it is very strong. After my first big girl-post college job, I had an even harder time sleeping because of my work, so I popped a melatonin pill every night for about 3 years. As explained on the bottle, your body is only supposed to take melatonin for a max. of three months. There’s no serious danger of taking melatonin from time to time, but for me, it’s easy to fall back into my old ways and pop a pill every night. Again, melatonin is a great and natural supplement, however, make sure that you only take it SHORT TERM.
Dated all of the way to the Greek Age, Valerian Root has been known for centuries as the “sleep aid.” In contrast to prescription sleeping pills, VR has few side affects. Although you won’t wake up groggy, in some cases, VR can also act as a diuretic (making you pee during the night). For me, I like this pill form because it’s super easy to find in health food stores.
I mean, duh. If you’re not a fan of taking supplements, no probs. The first place to start is journaling everything you put into your mouth and documenting your energy levels. For me, not eating heavier foods (potatoes, sweets, carbs-if you eat them) at night definitely helps me fall asleep faster. If I have sweet potatoes or too much raw honey, I’ve noticed that I’m food-coma’d and wide awake. Mix in some solid REAL and lighter foods, and you’ll feel the difference, I promise!
If anyone has other ideas, PLEASE let me know! I discovered my first dark circle under my poor eye balls!