We all know the sleepless nights. You keep tossing and turning and eventually you can see the sun starts to rise again and the birds start to sing. The next day you feel TRASHED and need the whole day to rest and sleep and you won’t be productive. I have dealt with TONS of those nights. Sometimes I would even get into a routine of having these nights regulary. At first, I tried fixing this with sleeping pills and trying to exhaust myself during the day. I would get into bed and feel so frustrated that eventhough I was exhausted, I couldn’t sleep. So, you may wonder, how did I fix this? Let me tell you all of my favorite hacks that I use daily to get a good night sleep. But first, lets do a little digging into what a good night of sleep actually can do for you.
“As the night gets darker, let your worries fade. Sleep pecefully, knowing that you have done all you can do for today.”
Sleeping is extremely important for your productivity and overall happiness. Science has proven that bad sleep can have numerous negative effects like weightgain, lack of focus and a weakened immune system. Sleep deprivation is caused by getting les than 7 hours of sleep on a regular basis. Here are some health problems that can come from sleep deprivation:
- Memory issues
- Mood changes
- Poor balance
- Weakened immunity (that can lead to diabetes and heart disease)
- Low sex drive
- High bloodpressure
Disclaimer: these are just hacks that work for ME. I am not telling you that you have to do these NOR am I responsible for your actions. Some people who suffer from sleep deprivation can have a sleep syndrome. A few of those syndromes are: restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, seizures and movement disorders. If you can’t seem to get enough sleep during the night I reccomend talking to a doctor or specialist.
Now, how do I manage to get a good night of sleep?
I use lavender. TONS of lavender. I find it really relaxing.
I put a little of some lavenderessential oil into my airdiffuser at night.I also recentlybought a lavender essential oil roller which I roll behind my ears, on my wrists and on my chest. If you want to use lavender oil, make sure to get one that is safe to use on your skin because some can be toxic to use and can cause irritation. I use the “organic lavender sleep therapy aroma ball” by Dr. Organic. I have one on my nightstand and one in my purse.
Meditation or breathing excersizes. When I lay in bed and find my mind wandering around I like to focus on my breath. Since I meditate in the mornings I don’t do a full meditation, but by focussing on my breath I help my mind relax and it helps me get to sleep. If you find it hard to just focus on breathing it can help to count your breaths or quietly say a mantra.
Burn sage. Now this one it a little odd. But in the days where I found myself awake during the night, I had a lot of nightterrors. I don’t know where they came from but I everytime I closed my eyes I would see horrible images of demons and whenever I would fall asleep, every dream would turn into a terror. I was terrified of going back to sleep. I found that burning some sage really cleanses the energy in the room and by trusting it’s work, I found myself falling asleep easier. I also bought an angel crystal (Coelestien) and I found it really worked for me.
Digestion. So, whenenver you read a little about sleeping well, you often read “don’t eat for two hours before bed”. But yah, I can’t. My family often has dinner between 8 and 9, and I am going to bed at 10. But what I found really worked for me is moving a little before bed. Sometimes I walk but often I do a light strech which makes me feel less full and makes me fall asleep easy.
“Put your thoughts to sleep, do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart. Let go of thinking.”
Something you also read often is putting away screens and hour before bed. But late night studies or work can make that difficult. That is why I always wear blue light glasses whenever I am working on my laptop or watching TV. I also like to read for 15 minutes before going to sleep to put my brain into rest-mood.
Create a sleeping schedule. This hack worked for me since the MOMENT I tried it and I have a really hard time giving up my schedule. I like to go to bed at 10pm and wake up at 6am every day. Your body will get used to your chosen time and going to sleep and waking up will be way easier. Ofcourse it is not always possible to maintain your sleeping schedule. For me it is whenever my boyfriend stays over that my schedule gets broken. But if you can maintain the schedule during the week and on the weekends cheat a little, it will still work.
So, these are the hacks I am currently using. I hope you enjoyed this article. If you have any tips or tricks for sleeping make sure to let me know!
I wish you all the stars,