Have you ever laid in bed wishing you could sleep but to no avail? Tossed and turned wondering if you should just get up and go to work (at 3 am)? Over the counter sleep aids or even prescription sleep aids have all kinds of side effects, they can be addictive, and are just generally a bad idea. Fortunately there are natural solutions to getting you to sleep that actually work!
What you need:
- Lavender Essential Oil (found here)
- Roman Chamomile Essential Oil (found here)
- Magnesium Oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil
Combine 2 oz of either the Magnesium Oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil with 4 to 7 drops each of the Lavender Oil and Roman Chamomile Oil in a glass container and stir well. I fill roller ball containers with my mixture just for the ease of application. Amber colored roller ball containers work best.
Magnesium Oil is good for you and helps promote sleep but can cause your skin to tingle so using Fractionated Coconut Oil may be a better option especially for use on children. Use these and any other Essential Oils or Magnesium Oil at your own risk. Discontinue use if you have any adverse effects to this mixture.
Apply to the bottom of your feet about 10 minutes before bedtime to allow time for the oils to soak in to your body. You can cover your feet with socks to help keep the oil from getting on your sheets. Then lie down in a comfortable position and start to take slow deep breaths. Breathe in for a few seconds, hold the breathe for a few seconds, and then slowly release the breath. Repeat this as much as necessary to relax your body and then breath normally. You should feel yourself starting to drift off and going to sleep.
It’s important to note that sleep can be affected by other factors and this method may not work if these other factors are involved. For instance drinking caffeine prior to bedtime will affect your sleep. It may even be hours before bedtime that you drank your cup of coffee and it can still affect your sleep.
Other things that can affect your sleep are:
- Using electronic devices prior to bedtime
- Watching TV right before bedtime
- Worrying about issues that you can not control at that time
- Stress (it helps to meditate prior to bedtime)