As I mentioned last week, sleep has been elusive to me lately.
After talking it over with friends at work I realized I am not the only one with such a problem. My dear friend Susie brought in a bag to work the very next day full of remedies for me to try.
SOLUTIONS FOR SLEEP
RELAX THE BODY
“”The antidote to stress is relaxation. To relax is to rest deeply.”
This particular book focuses on restorative yoga, which incorporates props such as cushions and blankets into the poses. The intent is to both stimulate and relax the body to move toward balance.
SOOTHE THE SENSES
These products are meant to be applied to pressure points such as temples, earlobes and the back of the neck. The fragrances are designed to help relax and soothe and include rosemary, ginger, balsam fir, geranium, juniper and patchouli.
SELECT A SOUNDTRACK
To me, the sound of water (ocean, stream, babbling brook) is one of the most relaxing things. I ended up putting these on my ipod and keeping it next to my bed so I can pop in my headphones and listen to them whenever I can’t fall asleep.
BLOCK OUT THE LIGHT
I bought this sleep mask for my marathon flight to/from Egypt and absolutely love it. Being in the city where street lights are plentiful, our room never gets super dark. I’ve started using this regularly to get the best possible sleep conditions.
CALM THE MIND
Often times when I wake up in the middle of the night I start thinking about chores I need to get done around the house, tasks I need to accomplish at work, ideas for blog posts, etc. Learning how to control these thoughts and set them aside is a powerful skill.
Susie highly recommended this book which encourages you to “stop and pay more attention to your self and your life, and practice being, not doing.”
I hope by reading it to learn some effective strategies to help shut down my non-stop brain.
As you can see there are quite a few strategies out there to help get a restful nights sleep. I hope to find the right combination that will allow me to sleep soundly and wake feeling refreshed. Here’s to hoping!
(p.s. In typical Kerry fashion I’ve begun tracking my sleep habits including time I went to bed, time I woke up, quality of sleep, etc. Perhaps I can find a pattern or problem by doing so.)
I want to know…
Have you ever used any aromatherapy products?
If so, what did you use them for? Did they work?