With all of the stress I'm under lately, long work hours, and two kids, one of whom is a toddler, you'd think I could sleep whenever and wherever I decide to lay down.
Unfortunately, just laying down and closing my eyes isn't really good enough. Getting me tired enough to get some restful sleep that has me energized when I wake up is harder than it should be.
Luckily, over the years, I've tried a few different practices and products that have worked wonders. Here's my list of the best ways to get to sleep.
Nothing beats a cup or two of relaxing chamomile tea in the evening. It helps me relax. Some people don't care for the flavor but I personally think it's delicious.
It also helps with the ole period every month. I like to blend with ginger tea for maximum anti-inflammatory efforts. While it definitely helps me to relax and promotes sleep, sometimes I need something a bit more powerful.
This is a supplement you can buy off of Amazon. It only has 3 ingredients: Magnesium, passion flower, and Valerian root. Now, Valerian smells bad. I could go into detail but I don't want to dissuade you from trying the product, because it works really well for me.
Just two tablets before bed and I'm out like a light. This is a great alternative to sleeping pills, which can be highly addictive. You can go here for more info on just how dangerous they can be.
As much as I love all types of music, most of it amps me up and I can't listen to it before bed. Instead, I go after ambient noise. I want the sounds of a forest or even better, waves crashing up against the beach.
I was born with the ocean in my veins. There is nothing I love more than sand between my toes and fresh sea air in my nostrils. The sounds of the ocean and seagulls can usually knock me out and when I wake up, I feel like a new lady.
Staying Away From Lights
This is by far the hardest practice I've ever tried. My kids love to run around in the evening, so I can't really dim the lights too much. Dealing with a bump on the head or a stubbed toe isn't going to help me rest.
But on the days where I can stay away from LED screens and keep the lights dim, I fall asleep faster and sleep better and it's just lovely.
It's funny how we hate going to bed when we're young but as an adult we find ourselves fighting against the world to get a solid eight hours under our belt.
A demanding job, two kids, and a ton of stress can destroy your life if you let it. I can't let that happen. And I don't like an excess of unnatural chemicals in my body.
I used to do a lot of meditation but now I struggle to find the time for it. So these above options are the best I've found so far.