As scary as the world is right now – it’s going to get better. In the meantime, you need to take care of yourself! You need to be well-rested and healthy when the gates open up and we are allowed to roam free again!! So lay down, relax and follow these tips to drift off to sleep..
HAVE A NIGHTLY ROUTINE
Sticking to a nightly routine really helps me wind down. Doing the same routine before bed really sets the tone that it’s almost time to sleep. I start with doing my usual skincare routine: washing my face, toner, serum, moisturizer, eye cream. Brush my teeth. Then I like to lay my yoga mat down in my room and do some stretching. (i usually have really bad neck and back pain and this has done WONDERS for me) Then I spray a nice chamomile pillow spray on my bed (v relaxing) and turn on my salt lamp. A bad habit of mine is that once i get into bed, I’m on my phone. I know that’s a big no-no, but c’mon!! I’ve been trying to limit my phone time, turn it off and try to fall asleep.
Headspace is AMAZING. You know I’m all about free apps, but this one is 100% worth the price (plus you get a week free trial). Headspace is pretty much designed to help you fall asleep and relax. There are many options, like sounds of nature, sleep radio and guided exercises for when you wake up in the middle of the night. My favorite are the sleepcasts. Long stories read in a sleepy drawl by a narrator to slowly help you fall asleep. They are so comforting, like getting read a lullaby by a beloved grandparent. I’ve never heard the end of the stories because I am knocked out cold 10 minutes in! My biggest savior when I end up staring up at the ceiling for most of the night. HIGHLY recommend.
JOT DOWN THOSE THOUGHTS
If my mind is buzzing and racing, which it usually is, that’s one of the biggest reasons my eyes keep opening. Something I’ve been doing to keep the restless thoughts from keeping me up is embracing them and writing them down. I keep a notebook and pen on my nightstand and write down all my thoughts, feelings and worries. It’s also fun to read these in the morning and see what my no-sleep induced brain came up with. Sometimes it’s a great idea for a blog post and sometimes its nonsensical garbage that I toss in the barrel. Either way – my mind is much clearer before bedtime.
SET THE MOOD
Another key to falling asleep is to make sure the atmosphere around you is set for the perfect night’s sleep. Lower your AC, snuggle up with a blanket and shut off the TV. A great investment? Blackout curtains. They coat my room in darkness and help block out the rest of the world.
MORE MOOD SETTERS
diffuser with lavender oil
CBD hand/body cream
white noise machine
weighted eye mask
sleepy time tea
Tonight, if you’re struggling to fall asleep and block out the noise of the world, try some of these tips. Let me know if they work! Or if you have any other tips – drop them below!!