For as long as I can remember I’ve been a night owl. I can stay up long into the night and often find that this is when I’m at my peak creatively.
While this is all well and good for weekends, Monday to Friday I have a job with an early morning start time so it’s really not ideal to be up at all hours of the night.
I need my 7-8 hours a night, I just do. I can function on 5 or 6 hours but I wouldn’t describe it as an overly pleasant experience for anyone I happen to come across the next day.
Having to adjust my time clock hasn’t been easy, I’ve had to really work hard at changing my bodies’ ideal sleeping hours. I’m happy to report that in the past few months I’ve finally mastered the art – I haven’t slept this good in years! Well….. Not since those 9 months that I lived cruising around inside my mum’s tummy.
The best thing I have found for a top night of slumber is consistency. Do these things and do them consistently. As a once off they will definitely help but I have found that setting up a nightly ritual is what has really made a difference to my late night insomnia.
GO to bed and wake up at the same time each night. Most of us use our weekends to stay up a little later and sleep in a little longer. This is all well and good on special occasions but as a rule try to stick to a consistent sleep pattern. This will train your body to know when it’s time to rest and when it’s time to play.
LISTEN to a night time meditation. I find that most people I speak too get into bed and start making mental lists… Don’t! Its bed time, you need to rest.
I have a notebook by my bed and I dedicate 10 minutes a night to scribble and scribe down any notes or plans that would otherwise run through my brain when I close my eyes.
The meditation apps I use are Buddhify or Glenn Harrold – I alternate between them depending on how I feel. I put my head phones in or just put them on loud speaker and then don’t touch my phone again afterwards. Most of the time I’m asleep or pretty darn close by the time they’ve finished.
RUB some magnesium oil onto your feet and belly right before you hop into bed. Magnesium helps to quiet your nervous system and helps you not only fall asleep but stay asleep.
Most of us are deficient in magnesium and using an oil topically is the best way to get it into your body (Google tells me it even better than taking internal supplements) I do this every night and it has been a game changer. I use the one by MG Life because it’s cruelty free, natural and organic. I also use my Magnesium oil as a carrier oil for my essential oil sleep blend; a drop or 2 of essential oils can go a long way when mixed with a carrier oil. (See below for more info on what oils I use)
MAMA Nature knows her stuff so I love to diffuse some high quality essential oils in my bedroom. I use, recommend and love doTERRA essential oils. In my opinion they are the best quality essential oils on the planet; I use them religiously each and every night.
The oils I use to help me sleep like a bebe are:
Lavender Peace (One of doTERRA’s blends)
Vetiver (Natures sleeping tablet)
Wild Orange (Strange as it’s an ‘Up’ oil but for some it really works)
I change up my blends depending on how I feel sometimes it’s just one oil, sometimes it’s a few (or all mixed in together lol)
As well as diffusing I also spray my pillow and PJ’s with lavender to create an aromatic anchor.
Scent is a pretty powerful thing, it connects us to the Limbic system in our brain which is responsible for emotions and memories. So when I smell the above oils it’s like a message to my brain that it’s time to go to sleep.
I’m a wellness advocate for doTERRA and sell these oils so I can sort you out, just follow the link below or send me a message and you’ll be catching some serious zzzzzz’s in no time.
Bed time for me is a ritual, I work long hours so I need to create a routine that helps me relax and recharge as quickly and simply as possible.
I do all of these things as a collaborative approach consistently each and every night to aid my sleep and it’s so much better for it.
By doing these things each and every night they send a much needed signal to my brain that its chill time, to me the ritual of it is just as important as the tools I use.
When I sleep better, I live better…. and I love being able to do this as naturally as possible.
How’s your sleeping been lately? I’d love you to share your tips and tricks with us below!