Natural Sleep Remedies
Posted on November 1st, 2018
We all know how important sleep is and how frustrating it can be when you can’t fall asleep. For an energetic person like me, turning down for bedtime can be a struggle. Here are some natural sleep remedies that help me get those zzz’s.
Get 10,000 steps a day
LA life means it definitely requires conscious effort to make 10,000 each day. Believe me, it is so worth it. Not only do 10,000 steps help me feel my happiest, fittest and healthiest, but it has an effect on how easily I fall and stay asleep. I use the health app on the iPhone to track my steps. It might not be as accurate as a Fitbit but it gives me a general sense of my daily activity.
Keep your phone at a distance before bed
I resist the urge to check Instagram or texts and try to stay off my phone for three hours before bed. This helps me to unwind from the day’s activity and allows me to check in with myself instead. I’ve found that the time I would have spent on my phone is now directed towards healthy activities, like stretching or writing in my journal.
Take a bubble bath with lavender and Epsom salts
A warm bubble bath really sets the tone for a peaceful night of rest. I use Dr Teal’s Soothe & Sleep Lavender Foaming Bath combined with eucalyptus bath salts and light a calming candle while my muscles relax.
CBD oil has gone mainstream. The dosit calm pen (There’s one specifically for sleep!) seriously helps me get to sleep. The dosit pen is pricey, however, so an alternative is to get a little tincture of CBD oil. Greenroads 100mg CBD oil is a good alternative that I’ve tried. Using the dropper, you place 0.5-1ML under your tongue for at least 30 seconds before swallowing. The only con with CBD oil is that it puts me into such a deep sleep that I sometimes wake up feeling a little groggy. That fades quickly, however.
After my lavender bath and CBD oil, I step on my mat for a few simple stretches. I target any tight areas from sitting at my desk all day (think hamstrings, calves, hips and shoulders). If I don’t have time for a proper yoga class, I hold each stretch for 30 seconds and repeat 3 times. Post-stretch I always feel a dreamy sense of bliss.
I hope these tips work for you as there is nothing more frustrating than not being able to fall asleep. Please let me know of any essential oils or other suggestions you use to help fall asleep. Always looking for new ways make sure I get lots of rest.