Anyone who has suffered from sleeping issues can tell you how absolutely horrible it is and how it affects your quality of life. While in California I had a very hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. This made travelling difficult. I felt like I couldn’t enjoy all of our new adventures because all I wanted to do was rest. Being tired makes me irritable and emotional, so it affected my poor girlfriend as well.
I tried everything imaginable to help me sleep. Some things helped a little and other things helped a lot. I asked everyone I could think of for tips and tricks and I searched high and low on the internet for things to help. I received a lot of good information and tips!
Here are 6 natural sleep aids to help improve your quality of sleep.
I use both dried lavender and lavender essential oil to help me sleep. I keep a satchel of dried lavender under my pillow to (hopefully) help me sleep. I often add lavender essential oil to my bath or rub on the soles of my feet in the evenings.
2. Natural Calm Drink
Natural Calm is the most beneficial for me out of everything on this list. I drink the raspberry lemonade flavour, but there is also the original flavour. Personally, that is a little too vague for my liking, so I will stick with the raspberry lemonade. Essentially this is a magnesium drink that can help improve your quality of sleep.
Yoga and/or meditation can help calm your mind and body before settling in for the night. You can find short yoga routines online such as this one. Some people also find a simple stretching routine in their bed before going to sleep helps them.
4. Cut out Alcohol and Caffeine
This one is hard for a lot of people to hear, but cutting out caffeine and alcohol is one of the first things you should do if you want to sleep better. Both can really mess with your natural sleep patterns, so if you are struggling to sleep I’m sorry but these have to go! Try drink herbal tea instead.
5. Sleepy lotion by Lush
I have an entire post dedicated to Sleepy lotion by Lush. Personally, I don’t think this is a “cure for insomnia” like some claim, but I think adding it to my nighttime routine does help me sleep better. Part of this reason may be that taking time to get ready for bed and having a specific routine helps me to unwind and relax before my head hits the pillow.
I used to have a huge aversion to hot drinks, but lately, I have been loving tea in the evenings. I just have to be careful not to have too much or I’ll be up in the night to pee! There are lots of teas that can help you sleep. I often go for Sleepytime Tea. Chamomile is the most popular tea to help people sleep. Other teas that can help you sleep are valerian, lemon balm, and lavender.
If you are struggling to sleep I hope something on this list helps you! Let me know in the comments what helps you sleep!