Exhausted But Can't Sleep?
It's the end of the day and all you want to do is fall asleep.
Yet falling asleep is the last thing that is happening.
When you have a big test, travel plans, or simply a lot to do the next day, and you need a good sleep.
Yet it seems these are the hardest nights
to put your mind at rest.
You toss, you roll. AHHH!
Then the frustration hits, and sleeping is merely a dream now...
7 Self-Care Tips to Help You Fall Asleep Naturally
How can herbal remedies help you relax and sleep?
The key to good rest is having an empty mind.
If you are holding on to emotions or carrying too much stress, it often feels nearly
impossible to fall asleep no matter how tired you are.
Here are some Self-Care Tips that will aid you in emptying your mind on a daily basis.
As well as some of my favorite
herbal remedies to help you unwind.
1. A List of things to Do for Tomorrow
2. A Daily Movement Practice - Exercise
Whatever exercise you find most fun, be consistent and enjoy it.
Some people like to combine their movement practice with their meditation practice. It may be a walk in nature, a job around the local pond, or a local yoga class. Yoga is extremely helpful as a full body exercise, a breathing practice and a moving meditation practice.
3. A Daily Breathing Practice - A Body Scan
One Self-Care tip for a breathing practice is a Body Scan. Find time each day (1 minute or 15 minutes) to shut your eyes, go inside, and literally scan your body with your breath. How to Do a Body Scan:
- Start at your toes bringing your breath all the way down to the tips.
- Next, gradually move up through your body parts.
- Ask yourself how each part feels while staying focused on bringing your breath into each area.
- Notice any tension, discomfort, or pleasure.
- You can take notes or action on it afterwards. Just use this time to check in with your body and breath.
4. A Daily Gratitude Practice - Meditation or Journaling
A quick self-care tip related to falling asleep naturally using gratitude is this:
You can shift your mind's focus from what's bothering you (and keeping you up) to what you are thankful for. This tip works well because you shift your focus from your thoughts/mind to your heart. When connected to your heart, you start to resonate with love and other positive emotions instead of negativity like worry, anxiety, etc.
Often this tip alone can do the trick and allow your body and heart to overtake your mind. Once your mind is at peace, the rest will follow.
5. Herbal Remedies - Nerve Tonic
Some of the herbal remedies I recommend for falling asleep include:
- Chamomile Tea
- Lavender Eye Pillows
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Nervine Herbal Tincture
Depending upon your constitution, tea can do more harm than good if you drink it too late because then you may be over-working your bladder and kidneys while you sleep. If you drink it a ways before bed it can help you relax. Chamomile or even Kava Kava are nice options.
Eye Pillow ~
Lavender Eye Pillows are easy to make. It's just like making a normal pillow only fill it will flax seeds and lavender flowers. Keep it next to your pillow or place it over your eyes.
Essential Oils ~
You can rub a drop or two of Lavender Essential Oils on your hands and breath it in. Then rub it on your temples and chest.
Nerve Tonic ~
My favorite herbal tincture to use for sleepless nights is the Nerve Tonic. It's only made of one plant, Man Vine. It's even safe for pregnant and nursing women. Because it's a tincture, it goes right into your blood stream, acting quickly. You can keep it by your bedside and use as needed for insomnia, stress and anxiety. Check it out here.