Beauty sleep! 10 tips to help you achieve healthful sleep from Wedding Planner Nicole.

I often hear so many of my brides and friends have a hard time sleeping. I have some tips to share on how to break your pattern of not sleeping well. Stress and life changes can really affect your sleep, and very quickly your body can get into a pattern of not sleeping well.

As a wedding planner I’m often up late, adrenaline going, and listening to loud music all night. When I get home I need something to help me shut the night off and get my beauty sleep so I’m fresh for the next day.

My “toolkit” for natural sleeping remedies:

1. Chamomile tea

I am a huge tea drinker anyway but having a nice cup of hot tea before bed is really relaxing. Chamomile is known for its relaxing and soothing properties and is often taken before bed to promote restful sleep. Using honey instead of sugar is also important to help your body rest, but use it sparingly. Chamomile is also known to have immune boosting and anti-inflammatory properties, which is a added bonus.

2. Ionic Fizz – this is a product you add into water and ingest in the evening before bed. It contains Magnesium that helps relax the mind and body to promote sleep.

3. Lavender oil – I used to have a spray of lavender oil that I would mist my pillows with before bed. I love the smell anyway and it made it so enjoyable to crawl into bed with the lavender sent all around. Research has confirmed that lavender produces slight calming, soothing, and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled. In folklore, pillows were filled with lavender flowers to help restless people fall sleep.

4. Meditation CD – The Secret Universal Mind Meditation. I have sent this music file to countless friends to help them fall asleep and it does wonders! The directions say to play the music every night for 6 weeks for your body to relearn how to sleep soundly. I will listen to this after a late night of working when my mind is racing and I’m having a hard time calming down.

5. Acupuncture – I am a huge fan of acupuncture and went back when I was having sleeping problems. I went for 6 weeks and the process was very soothing. For centuries, the Chinese have been using acupuncture to help people sleep better and it can have a powerfully relaxing effect.

6. Caffeine – we all react to caffeine differently, but if I have any after 3pm it will definitely affect my sleep pattern so I’m very careful not to consume any in the late afternoon.

7. Kava Kava – is a crop from the pacific. I’ve taken the pill form, but there is a tea that’s popular, as well as liquid extracts. Everyone has different biochemical individuality and reacts differently to supplements, but I found Kava Kava to be very effective and relaxing without feeling lethargic.

8. Adrenal Supplement – Adrenal fatigue is a leading cause of not-sleeping properly. When your hormones are balanced and even, this changes your whole body and allows a good night’s rest. When your adrenals are stressed this can cause a variety of symptoms including insomnia.

9. Bedroom Clutter – having a bedroom feel clutter free and clean is so important to feeling relaxed before bedtime. I make my bed every morning so when I walk into my room at night it has a nice, calm and organized feeling. Also, there is very little in our bedroom besides a bed, nightstand and dresser. Less surfaces to leave clutter on!

10. Clock – I removed the clock from my bedroom. The light would wake me up and I would make myself nervous watching the minutes slowly go by in the middle of the night. When I wake up at night now, I don’t know the time so my mind doesn’t start racing and worrying that I will only be getting 5, 4, 3 hours of sleep.

Everyone’s body is different and listening to what works for you is so important. Try different things on the list and see what’s right for you!

Post by Nicole

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