After weeks, heck months, of just an hour or two (if I was lucky) of shut eye I learned ways to help get a decent night’s sleep. You’ve probably heard most of these, but maybe not. I just know how it feels to try to function throughout a day after a sleepless night and hope I can help someone else.
- Yoga! Yoga makes a huge difference in my sleep patterns. It took a couple of days to notice a difference, but now, I don’t like to miss a day! You don’t have to go to a yoga studio to get your Namaste on. All you need is a mat and YouTube. Every evening I watch Yoga with Adriene. She fits me and what I’m looking for in yoga. I use yoga time as my time to clear out all the noise of the day. Go search some videos on YouTube and try a few out and see how you like it.
- Warm Tea. I like tea a lot. I’m from the south so I typically drink sweet tea, but in the evening I like to drink a nice calming, warm cup of tea. I’m not a tea expert by any means, but this is what I like to drink about an hour before bed, Yogi Honey Lavender Stress Relief Tea, 16 Tea Bags, Packaging May Vary . If I’m feeling extra fancy, I go to my local tea shop and tell them to make me happy, then I bring whatever they suggest home and add a little warm cream!
- Bedtime Snack. I don’t know about you, but when I’m stressed I don’t want to eat. I’ll go to bed and listen to my stomach growl for hours until I finally pass out or just get up for the day. Even if I don’t want to, I make myself eat a healthy snack within an hour before bed. This might be a banana, sunflower butter on a tortilla, a handful of nuts, or even a yogurt. Just one of those, not all in one night…..
- Bedtime Soundtrack. I love to listen to waves and rain while sleeping. When I first attempted listening to music to sleep my therapist told me not to listen to any music with words. Apparently our brains stay active longer spending time making out what the words are saying instead of relaxing. I’ve found I can’t even sleep if there are bird chirps, crickets, or any other background noise.
- Holes in My Feet. This one is going to sound a bit odd, I know. When I was first told to try it, I gave a fake smile and said I would when in my head I thought she was one odd duck. But, being wide awake at 3am, stressed and exhausted, I was willing to try just about anything to catch some zzz’s. So here’s how you do it. While laying in bed (the floor, wherever) pretend there are holes in the bottom of your feet. Focus on your feet and breathe in good air through the holes and push out the bad air (stress). Sounds ridiculous, but seriously, it works!! If I’m having a particularly difficult day at work I will close my eyes and do this at my desk.
I’ve been doing a lot of research on aromatherapy and just got my diffuser and oils, but haven’t tested them out enough yet to know if they help or how to use them to their best ability. If you know any oil combos that you love, let me know! URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser and Essential Oil Set
If you try any of these and they work for you let me know! Also, if you have any tips that I didn’t mention, leave them in the comments.