During these uncertain times, we realized how little we can control of things around us and within, even our sleep. Good sleep quality and sufficient rest is crucial to our health. If you’re looking for ways to cope with insomnia, take a peek at what’s been helping us relax before bed and prepare for a good night’s sleep.
1. Bedside journal
Brea: If I cannot get something out of my head, I know it will keep me awake at night so I jot it down in a journal I keep on my bedside. This helps me put ideas to rest and know that I can come back to it in the morning.
2. No screen time
Patricia: No screen time starting at least 30 minutes before bed.
Brea: Magnesium is a known natural remedy for stress relief and relaxation and I am loving Moon Juice’s Magnesium-Om powder formula because it tastes great and is a nice part of my routine before bed.
4. Calm app
Brea: I sometimes listen to stories via the Calm App or do easy breathing exercises, it helps bring your mind away from your busy day and thoughts.
5. Headspace app
Maggie: The Headspace app offers guided meditations, sleeping sounds, exercise and even “SOS” sessions for panic attacks. I find the sound track of nature extremely calming, which help ease my mind and regulate my breathing patterns. The 40-min long sound track gives you an immersive audio experience; the sound of the ocean make you feel like you are lying on the beach under the nigh sky.
4. A good book
Brea: I like to read a few pages before bed instead of falling asleep to a TV show so that it can ease my mind into sleep mode and help provide a sense of calm. Join our monthly bookclub for new book suggestions! This month we are reading All the Lights We Cannot See.
7. Wearing warm socks to sleep
Patricia: The last thing you want is to wake up in the middle of the night with cold feet.
8. Essential oils
Patricia: I diffuse a few drops of lavender and rosemary essential oils before bed. Lavender essential oil is known for promoting relaxation and treating anxiety.
9. Jade roller
Maggie: I do a little face massage with a jade roller that I keep bedside. I focus on my temples and around the eyes to help relax those muscle groups that are fatigued from working.