A good night's rest. Something we all want, yet few of us really get. It's extremely important to do our best to get enough sleep. Whether your reason for no sleep is a teething baby or insomnia, there are some great tips out there that can help you improve your quality of rest. Here are a few of my favorites:
Essential oils are a great, natural way to improve your sleep situation. My personal favorites are Lavender and Frankincense, both of which are proven to help with insomnia and calming the body. Many oils come in a pre-diluted blend, but if you prefer to save money by purchasing your oils undiluted, you can mix a couple drops with some almond or coconut oil and place on your body. The best places to do this are your neck and your feet. You can also purchase a diffuser or even place a few drops on your pillow.
A Calming Routine
Studies show that there are huge benefits to having a night time routine, so I decided to create one of my own. My routine consists of a shower or bath, a cup of tea and a few chapters of a book. I've found that this signals to my body that it's time to wind down and I've been able to fall asleep so much better.
Turn Off The Tech!
If you're anything like myself, chances are, you use your phone or tablet to help you fall asleep. From scrolling through updates to reading on a Kindle, the blue-light from our devices actually hurts our chances of getting a good night's sleep. Make a pact to put the phone down. If you absolutely must read before bed, try a good old fashioned physical copy of a book and a bedside lamp. Or, purchase a device that has a built-in blue-light blocker (Most Kindle Fires!).
Natural supplements like melatonin have given many sleepless people awesome results. You can easily find these at your local drugstore and they have no harmful side effects. Do your research and find a supplement that works for you!
Your sleep affects more than you think! Without sleep, your mind gets groggy, you have a hard time losing weight and your attitude goes downhill. How do you make sure you get enough rest?