Lately, I have been having trouble sleeping.
Whether it’s the weather (like that? heehee), stress, too much caffeine and not enough water, or a combination of poor lifestyle choices, I have been having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, and sleeping soundly.
I’m not waking up refreshed, ready for my busy days homeschooling my babies, blogging, teaching about essential oils, and doing VA work.
If I’m not at my best, I make mistakes. I loathe making mistakes.
I need to sleep well.
My kids also need to sleep well.
I make sure they get enough rest. If we have a rare late night, I don’t get them up early in the morning. Homeschooling can wait.
We eat well – whole foods with very little processing. We drink lots of water. We take vitamins and supplements like cod liver oil.
I encourage my kids to get plenty of exercise and outdoors time.
We pray the bad dreams away. I monitor their screentime and reading materials. We talk about things that cause anxiety and we use oils to help! My kids have freedom to try oils and are learning their uses.
Good thing I’ve got an oil for that!
Want some numbers? Sleep is so important and we’ll pay to get it. But wouldn’t it be better to get to the root of the problem rather than treating it as a symptom?
- It is estimated that Americans spend $14 billion dollars, every year, on sleep disorders!
- 30% of adults experience symptoms of insomnia a few nights or more per week
- Approximately 40 million people in the US have a chronic sleep disorder
- 35% of adults report at least one symptom of insomnia every night or almost every night
- It is estimated that sleep orders cost employers $18 billion (wow!) in lost productivity
For those looking for a safe, effective, and cost-effective alternative, Young Living’s beautiful essential oils stand alone. No side effects like with other options!
Try some oils tonight before you go to sleep. You may be pleasantly surprised!
Our kids and I love putting a dab of RutaVaLa on before bedtime. I recently bought Cedarwood and that works like a charm for me!
Suggested Oils for Sleep:
- Ocotea (place a drop under the tongue before bedtime)
- Dream Catcher (For Nightmares)
- Peace & Calming
- Valerian (Strong)
Some other sleep helps with lifestyle changes:
I try to limit my screen time in the evenings. I need time to wind down before sleep. Even reading on my Kindle app isn’t the best, so I try to read a real book.
Just like the kids need a bedtime routine, so should I. No late nights working or I don’t sleep enough or well and my days aren’t successful. A warm bath or shower, prayer and Bible time, storytime with my babes helps my body to slow down and get ready for rest.
Fresh air and exercise help us sleep better. It’s been so dreary, cold, and snowy the last couple months that we haven’t been outside much. We’ve been loving the meltdown this week and the warm sunshine and we’re taking advantage!I try to eat dinner at a reasonable hour.
Slow breathing and stretching exercises before bedtime helps sometimes too.
We’ve limited our out-of-house experiences in the evenings so we try to eat a home-cooked, healthy dinner at home about 6 PM (We’ve been using eMeals and loving it!) and spend time together playing afterward. Eating late disrupts sleep patterns.
I also recently started using magnesium spray. I read that helps sleep. It tingles!
Do you have trouble sleeping? What have you found to help?