We have all been there: you’re tired and lethargic from your jam-packed day and you are ready to surrender to sleep. You go through your nightly rituals: face wash, a quick rinse off, moisturizer, take your vitamins, get in bed.
As you plug your phone in, set your alarm, and take care of some last minute texts, you finally lay yourself down and close your eyes for sleep.
In that exact instant, the intense exhaustion that was waving over you just thirty minutes before is now gone and all your mind can do is race. Race with such a fervor that you wonder why you’re brain can’t jump on overactive mode when it most needs to – like the morning, per say.
What to do? Add these three natural ways to sleep into your nightly routine and find yourself floating into the night, calm and rested.
Essential Oil Talk: Pump your room with lavender. There are two ways you should be distributing lavender across your bedroom.
- Buy a diffuser and diffuse lavender (5-7 drops). Put the diffuser on while you are washing your face and brushing your teeth so that when you get into bed, lavender is dancing around your room.
- Then, right before you lay down to go to sleep, grab your bottle of lavender, open it up and place it right under your nose. Take 3 deep breaths in and out through the nose, lips sealed. After, place some on your finger and rub it all over your upper lip and nostrils. This will keep the lavender present as you drift off to sleep.
- For extra lavender, place some at the balls of your feet – this is said to absorb the lavender the quickest.
2. Read a Book
So your room is booming with lavender. Time to read a book. If you are not much a reader, don’t give up on this step just yet. It doesn’t matter what you read or if your goal is to even finish a novel. By opening up a book and reading at least twenty pages without looking at your phone, your mind will melt away from your daily distractions. Your mind will focus on reading, which at this time of night will make you sleepy. In a way, you will begin to meditate on the book which will allow your outside thoughts to leave.
3. Your Phone
You’ve heard it before but it’s true. Before spreading lavender all over your room, look at your phone. Do your last minute keep up, set your alarm, plug your phone in, and turn over your phone so that you are unable to see the screen, should it randomly light up. Your phone should stay right there in that position until you wake up. No peeking. No checking. No nothing. By not looking at your phone from the minute you walk into your lavender-diffused room to when you wake up, this allows your brain the proper time and moment to disconnect.
No phone, plenty of lavender, and a few moments of reading is the sleep routine that will allow in your slumber.
And of course, if you want some extra support and help, melatonin and valerian root are always available.