The bedroom – a place to rest your head, re-energize your mind and body, to close your eyes and drift off to dreamland. It’s a sanctuary, a safe zone, a place to sleep and cuddle close with that special someone.
As a girlfriend, wife, mother, homemaker, career woman – whatever it may be – we women are always on the go, always hustling, doing what we need to do.
As we go about our day, we look forward to the end of it, daydreaming about our lush, soft bed sheets, the warm duvet and throw blankets to bundle ourselves in, and of course, cuddling up to our significant other.
I’ve always had issues with sleeping for as long as I can remember. I’ve tried just about everything over the years to help me sleep. My husband, however, he only needs a dark room and he’s out in minutes. Oh, how I wish it was that simple for me, too.
Personally, I need to do various things, or as I like to call it, sleep remedies, in order to get my body and mind to relax. As I said, I’ve tried an abundance of things, but today, I’ll be talking about the main 8 sleep remedies that I have turned into a bedtime routine and do almost every night, and have helped me in getting a good night’s rest.
8 Sleep Remedies to Achieve a Good Night’s Rest
Take a Hot Bath
Not many enjoy taking a bath, but I think having one every once in a while is a must. It’s a great way to relax your body and your senses. I love the feeling of being submerged in hot water, with Himalayan bath salts, an organic bath bomb or few drops of essential oils. Light a candle to give a soft ambiance to the room. Take the time to cleanse yourself from an exhausting day.
If bathing in a tub is not your thing, showers work just as well. Just cleansing yourself from the day and relaxing your body is what matters most.
Cup of Tea
Now that you’ve taken care of the outside of your body, it’s time to focus on the inside, and what better way to do that than drinking a hot cup of tea. The most well know “sleepy time” teas are chamomile or lavender, both very effective. But honestly, any type of herbal tea will work.
Avoid black, oolong or green teas, since those contain caffeine. Those will only keep you up, and that’s not what we’re looking for.
Pick up a Book
This one’s a given. Put the phone down. Place it across the room if you must to avoid the temptation of looking at it. Instead, pick up a book.
There’s something about picking up a physical book and feeling the pages between your fingers, sitting in a comfy chair or in bed as your eyes skim the words on the pages.
Some may say reading an interesting book will only stimulate your mind and make you want to continue, which in a way, I cannot deny. I can recall many nights where I kept on reading and couldn’t put the book down. But I also cannot deny that it does help calm your mind to some degree.
Read in a dimly lit room, or with a lamp as your source of light. Let your eyes slowly adjust to the dark.
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Having a good quality pillow is very important in order to achieve a good nights rest. I always thought a pillow was like any other, that they were all the same and it didn’t matter what material it was made from. It wasn’t until much later I realized how important it is to invest in a good quality pillow. Whether it be soft or firm, or made from linen or aloe vera, find one that works for you and fits your needs.
I personally prefer pillows that are made from natural or organic materials. If you’re the organic type like me, this buckwheat pillow may be a good choice if you’re looking to try something new, especially if you feel as if you need support and help to relieve any aches and pains (I’m talking to my fellow homemaker’s out there!) It’s filled with Canadian grown, organic buckwheat hulls, and encased in a 100% organic cotton hemp blend. It doesn’t get more natural and organic than that!
Hot + Cold Therapy Wrap Pillow
I think I can speak for all us hustling women when I say at the end of the day, we are exhausted from running our household, caring for our children (human and the ones with fur), being the attentive wife to our husband, and working on our business. I feel a little sore by the time I’m finished my evening routine, and those aches make me feel restless and sometimes prevent me from falling asleep.
Before I head to the bedroom, I like to heat up a therapy pillow and place it around my neck and shoulders to help relax my muscles. The warmth feels amazing and helps me get into a sleepy mood. Do this while reading your book and drinking your cup of tea, and you’re bound to fall asleep quickly.
It’s also great for those hard-working boyfriends/husbands of ours. My husband loves it since his job consists of physical labour. When the heat is applied to his neck and shoulders, it helps him tremendously in unwinding his tense muscles and just being able to relax after a long day.
Another amazing pillow you can use to help you relax is an aromatherapy eye pillow, made with organic lavender and chamomile. Indulge your senses and let the “calming properties work their magic”.
Once upon a time, I never considered using a linen spray on my bedding, but now I feel as if I can’t fall asleep without it. Spray your bed sheets, pillows, and duvet with a linen spray made with essential oils. The smell engulfs your senses and calms your mind and body even further.
I bought a lavender and sweet orange spray from Rustic Slumber and Co., and it smells divine! If you end up purchasing any of the mentioned items above, use my promo code GIRLAFTERMARRIAGE10 for 10% off your order!
Another little thing I do, which isn’t super effective but I like to have anyway, is filling a little sachet with dried lavender. I hang it on my side of the bed over the headboard or just have it placed on my nightstand. The aroma that wafts towards me as I lay down is quite relaxing.
This may not be for everyone, but if you have trouble falling asleep due to the slight brightness of the night coming in through your window or door, a satin or silk sleep eye mask will help in creating pure darkness, tricking your eyes and brain into understanding it is time to sleep.
Having a Bedtime Routine
Nothing is more important than having a bedtime routine. The more you follow it, the more likely your body will become familiar with the routine and understand that it’s time to wind down and go to sleep. It might take a few days to a week before your body adjusts, but once it does, going to sleep will be much easier.
I hope you’ll be able to take some of these suggestions and finally achieve that good night’s rest you fully deserve.