Sleep Help, Anyone?
Sleep is up there in importance with breathing, but so many people today live their lives habitually sleep deprived.
I am one of them.
I’d guess that if you’re reading this, you are too or know someone who is.
We’ve all heard that on average, most people need about 8 hours of quality sleep. However, that number can vary from person to person.
I am one of those freak outliers that needs closer to 9 or 10 hours, but only get around 5 on a good night. It’s probably not helpful that I’m writing this post at 1 AM, but inspiration doesn’t like to play nicely with schedules.
Now, how many hours do you get versus what you need to be well rested in the morning? I’ll bet that you’re probably falling short, too.
Keep reading though; some sleep help is on the way!
Insomnia is a [insert your favorite profanity here]
If you have have ever dealt – or actively deal – with insomnia, you know how much it sucks.
You’re tired, really tired, and think that TONIGHT will be the night you fall asleep easily.
You lie down, close your eyes, and begin to drift off…
Then BOOM! You’re wide awake.
Your position wasn’t right. An itch came out of nowhere. The cats were climbing in the Christmas tree and knocking ornaments off…again. The Super Moon found the one crack in your light-blocking defenses and is shining DIRECTLY into your face. (My Saturday night!)
There could be a multitude of reasons. All that matters is that you are awake, wound up, and irritated.
The main issues at hand are being wound up and irritated. You’ll need to get your mind to settle down before your body can relax. In fact, racing minds are frequently the culprit responsible for not being able to fall asleep quickly and easily.
Sleep Help for Insomnia
- Lay off the caffeine. I am a HUGE fan of coffee and would NEVER tell ANYONE to stop drinking it, as coffee has a wide range of health benefits. You just can’t keep drinking cup after cup into the late afternoon and evening if you want to fall asleep before midnight. The same goes for sodas, non-herbal teas, or anything chock full of stimulants.
- Screen time. The entirety of human knowledge is in our pockets everywhere we go, accessible whenever we like. The unfortunate thing is that these powerful little devices also pack a lot of blue light. This blue light tricks your brain into thinking that it’s daylight and time to be WIDE awake. Put your phones and tablets down 1 to 2 hours before you want to fall asleep. Read a book instead
- Diffuse essential oils. Make this a nightly ritual…SERIOUSLY. There are several oils that excellently help with relaxing your body and mind, but my personal favorites are a combination of the Serenity, Balance, and Breathe blends by doTERRA. Balance calms your mind and emotions, while Serenity lulls you into a peaceful, relaxed state…and both smell AMAZING, and even better when diffused together! Breathe makes the other two blends more effective by opening your airways, causing your breathing to deepen and your lungs more able to absorb the oil mist you’re breathing in. Get your diffusers going an hour before bed.
- Write down anything on your mind. Get as many thoughts and worries out on paper before getting into bed. A racing mind going over today’s happenings and tomorrow’s to-dos will keep your brain in high gear. Keep a master list or journal of all of your ideas, tasks, and concerns to revisit in the morning.
- Use essential oils topically. Specifically, a few from doTERRA’s Emotional Aromatherapy Touch Kit. Emotions are much more powerful than thoughts, and an emotionally charged day can make sleep elusive. Get some help from the Peace, Console, and Forgive blends. Roll each one on:
- the insides of your wrists
- your elbow creases
- behind your ears
- the back of your neck
Do all of this, you’ll be sleeping better than a passed out puppy.
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