After years of insomnia I have finally trained myself to get a good night's rest. I have done this with the help of meditation, eating better throughout the day, getting enough sunlight, and making sure I unwind before bed. This means calmihg my thoughts and lights off by 10 p.m.
I am so grateful to be able to sleep through the night. It means I have more energy in the day, balanced hormones, a regular appetite, and more joie de vivre.
If you need some help guaranteeing a good night's rest, here is my little tool kit I've put together to help you get your Zzz's...
I toss a handful of epsom salts into my bedtime bath. Epsom salts are made of magnesium sulphate, a natural muscle relaxant to help your full body relax.
Anti-stress Esential Oil (Divine Essence)
I like to add some essential oil in to my bath since I don't use any fragranced bath products. This oil is my saviour right now - it sells like France, citrus and herbs, and keeps me zen all day long.
I keep this little balm beside my bed and rub it into my temples before bed. It contains calming essential oils like lavender, bergamot, rosemary and ginger and puts my head at ease.
I pop one of these before bed when I'm trying to regulate my sleep schedule. Great for travel, it has passionflower to calm your nerves and time-released melatonin to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
Natural Calm provides absorbable, effective, fast-acting, pH-balanced magnesium. A hot mug of this before bed does the trick.
This is my most essential item. I was recommended these eye masks by a woman in an airport who said her daughter was a flight attendant and it was the only eye mask that didn't ruin her eye make-up. It also happens to be the only eye mask I find comfortable. It blocks all of the light out, and thanks to the funny shape my friends joke wear that I'm wearing a bra on my head. They fall apart eventually but I have bought several over the years because they are simply the best.
When I can't calm my thoughts I will follow a couple of guided meditations in bed. I'll choose a meditation based off what I need the most - gratitude, forgiveness, body love... this album has a great selection and helps me tame my worries.