Desperately Seeking Sleep
Sleep. We all need it, yet have a love-hate relationship with it.
You're either someone who loves sleep by taking advantage of every opportunity to nap on the weekends and maybe, just maybe, nap when you get home from work. (I'm notorious for doing both.) On the opposite end are people who believe in the idea that they'll rest when they die. Not necessary something I like to hear nor believe in.
I've always struggled with sleep. Maybe because my mind is always going a mile a minute - thinking about the day, what's to come, unchecked things on my to-do list, or even just "adulting" which I've come to believe sucks (at times!). There's always something or someone I'm thinking about that never quite settles my train of thought. I never understood how some people can literally knock out whenever they want. I'm too aware of my surroundings to feel comfortable doing that. You will rarely catch me sleeping on a plane unless I have sleeping pills (sorry, mom!) or extremely tired from plane hopping. As of late, I've been trying to calm my mind with the intent to find out why I cannot relax. Tossing and turning until 1-2am is not ideal, nor does it help how I function the next day.
Of course, this triggered me to start asking around to see what others were doing to prepare for bed.
Recently, a friend introduced me to silk eye masks that can be worn at night while sleeping. I'm so late to the club because I had no clue how amazing they can contribute to actually getting some amazing sleep. Although extremely skeptical at first, I immediately became that person who couldn't sleep without the mask. If you're wondering why it sounds all in the past, it's because my four-legged son got ahold of my beloved mask and chewed the hell out of it. Sadly, I've yet to order another one.
As a result, my backup sleep aid has become bath salts, specifically Dr. Teal's Pure Epson Salt. The first time I used them, I was so relaxed and fell asleep within 30 minutes of getting in the bed. I slept like a baby and woke up feeling extremely refreshed and ready to tackle my day. Relying on this method daily isn't something I want to do, so there are nights when I use organic lavender oil to calm my mind. I place a cotton round in an old candle holder then add a few drops of oil until saturated. The relaxing scent permeates my room and slowly, yes slowly helps me fall asleep.
Do you have issues falling asleep? Have any tips worth sharing on how you manage to overcome insomnia? Comment below. I'd love to check out your methods.
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