Whether you have chronic insomnia or given the recent times (and the added stress of the unknown), are now suffering from irregular sleep patterns (join the club!), we’re exploring different ways to potentially promote a better night’s rest. These are certainly not meant to “cure” insomnia—you should speak to your doctor if you’re experiencing severe symptom, but rather act as remedies to help soothe yourself into a blissful slumber. Read on for six ways to sleep well!
- Try falling asleep to guided meditations. Mindfulness meditation consists of slow, steady breathing while sitting quietly. You observe your breath, body, thoughts, feelings, and sensations as they rise and pass. You can meditate as often as you like. If you don’t have time for a longer session, aim to do 15 minutes in the morning or evening. Consider joining a meditation group once a week to stay motivated. You may also choose to do an online guided meditation. I recently discovered an app called Synctuition and their relaxation videos help me sleep better at night. They have various audio clips and video to listen in the morning as well as night that would lead to a beautiful day.
- Take advantage of your tub (if you have one) and enjoy a nice bath filled with salts or bath bombs or also even taking a hot shower right before sleeping helps cure uneven sleep patterns.
- Explore sleepy-time oils as they’re perfect for balancing emotions, supporting healthy sleep, calming your mind and supporting your body’s natural response to healing. Some of our favorites would be This Works, Neals Yard and Neom. If you can’t buy these where you live, use five drops of lavender oil which could also erase tension and stress.
- Diffuse a sage or a candle, generally filled with a euphoric mix of rose, lavender, and eucalyptus that will soothe your senses and help you enter a chill state of mind.
- Keep your phone in a different room. Mobile phones emit infrared light, while blue light glasses are a great way to protect yourself from blue light pollution while using your devices after dark, you’re still affected by this damaging light source while you sleep.
- And last, make sure your last meal is really light and not consumed right before bed as this allows digestion to occur and the contents of your stomach to move into your small intestine. This may prevent problems like heartburn at night and even insomnia. There should be a gap of at least three hours between dinner and sleep.
I hope these tips help you find your good night of sleep!