How to get to sleep (and stay asleep) with 5 natural remedies that will have you drifting off in no time.
I know I’m not alone when I say that sleep hasn’t been the easiest over the past few weeks. It’s hard to calm my mind before bed, and once I do finally drift off – I often find myself waking up in the middle of the night and struggling to get back to sleep. I have tried just about every natural home remedy you can think of to try to put an end to these sleepless nights. With that in mind, I wanted to share some of the things that have helped me get a good night’s sleep and finally feel rested when I wake up in the morning.
Getting adequate sleep is important not only for preventing many chronic conditions but also for helping to manage anxiety and stress. It is so important for your overall health and allows your body to repair and reset for the next day.
So, I hope that these tips help to put an end to sleepless nights for you, and help you get back to sleep faster if you’re waking up during the night!
Before bed, I always like to wind down to set the tone and start to relax for the evening. You can do this by dimming the lights and turning off your cell phone or TV. The less blue light that you are exposed to in the evening, the better. And YES this means unplugging from Netflix at least an hour before bed – but I promise you that it will help you fall asleep much faster. Instead, try listening to a relaxing playlist, reading a book, or listening to a meditation.
My favourite oils to diffuse during the evening and through the night are lavender, cedarwood, and frankincense. You can do 3-5 drops of each in the diffuser, and put it on your nightstand so that you get all the calming benefits while you snooze. Some other great options are tangerine, black spruce, peace & calming, roman chamomile, stress away, and orange. I like to diffuse for at least an hour in my room before I go to bed, and you can keep it running while you sleep if you would like to as well.
This is a newer part of my nighttime routine, but I have been absolutely loving my acupressure mat lately. I actually have been using it three times a day sometimes, and it has helped me not only with calming anxiety and reducing stress but also with headaches and tension in my back/neck. I like to lay on my acupressure mat for 20-30 minutes before bed and read a book – if I can stay awake. This mat puts me into such a deep relaxation that it’s hard to stay awake to read sometimes, but that’s ok! I’m getting sleepy just thinking about it…
If you’re not already in a deep slumber, my last tip for you would be to apply essential oils topically. My favourite roller blend to use in the evening is the Tranquil Roller – which contains lavender, cedarwood, and roman chamomile. Cedarwood helps to stimulate your pineal gland, which releases melatonin. I roll this blend on my chest and wrists right before bed. You can also make my DIY sweet dreams roller blend, which you can get the recipe for in my Essential Oils 101 FREE email course! Subscribe here to get 3 bonus cheat sheets with all my favourite essential oil roller blend recipes + more.
You can apply your choice of calming essential oils (lavender, cedarwood, and roman chamomile would be great choices) to the bottoms of your feet as well for an added bonus. Massaging essential oil into the bottoms of your feet is so effective because your soles are key absorption points! Not only that – who doesn’t love a relaxing foot massage?! For kiddos, try using the Kidscents DreamEase essential oil blend (aka Sleepyize in the US), or gentle baby essential oil blend.
To learn more about essential oils and to get started with my favourite brand of 100% pure therapeutic grade oils, head over to my Essential Oils page and Oily FAQ page! All of your questions should be answered there, and you can also sign up to get an essential oils starter kit that contains a diffuser + 11 of the most popular essential oils. I can’t wait to help you get started with using these oils, and I know they are going to help you as much as they have helped me!
What does your current bedtime routine look like? Do you have any tips for better sleep? Let me know in the comments below!