Trouble sleeping? Here are 5 things you might not have tried yet.
Use an essential oil vaporizer
A friend gifted me an essential oil vaporizer and I decided to give it a try. The vaporizer I received came with a set of a dozen essential oils. Think lavender, clove, peppermint… I filled the vaporizer with water and added some lavender oil. I turned it on about 15 minutes before I went to bed. My bedroom was transformed into a relaxing spa and the lavender scent helped me relax as I dozed off. One of the best parts is being able to blend the oils together for unique effects. And the vaporizer makes a soft gurgling noise that acts as white noise for help with falling asleep.
When I first heard about Melatonin I was wary. I thought it would either be ineffective or make me feel groggy the day after taking it. When I finally gave it a try, I was pleasantly surprised. Numerous studies have shown that melatonin is proven to help support restful sleep. On nights when I’m feeling antsy, I take some 30 minutes before bedtime and I find it really helps me doze off easily and wake up feeling rested.
Download a sleep app
There’s an app for absolutely everything nowadays, including sleep. Sleep apps can remind you each evening when it’s time to start preparing for sleep – a cue to start winding down. The apps help you through rituals that aid in relaxation, like journaling or meditation. Some wearable devices connect to these apps to track your sleep, giving you greater insight into sleeping patterns and nighttime behaviors.
Think about lighting
The lighting in one’s home can easily be overlooked when thinking about relaxation and sleep, but it’s amazing how much of an impact it can have. Many of us keep bright overhead lights turned on until right before bed. Creating the right environment for winding down is very important, and dimming the lights an hour before bedtime goes a long way. Kill the overhead lights and turn on lamps. Buy smart bulbs or dimmers to adjust the brightness (and even play with color!). You can find lamps or nightlights that produce a special warm light (great for relaxing). Some have a timer that causes the light to slowly dim as you fall asleep – mimicking the setting of the sun.
If you think playing music will keep you awake while you’re trying to fall asleep, try finding a sleep music playlist. Soothing sounds and melodies can be very calming and help to clear your mind as you doze off.