As a lifelong insomniac, I’ve heard just about every tip in the universe for trying to get to sleep easier and faster. When I was just a little girl, I remember my mom dragging me to my pediatrician to talk with him about my sleep problems. I can still recall the weird tips I was given: contract all your muscles and release them! Make a really tight fist and release that! It was the 80s. There was a lot of tightening and releasing apparently!
It wasn’t until I made it to my mid-thirties that I was able to consistently sleep. Here are the tricks that have actually worked for me:
1) Go to bed and wake up at the same time. EVERY DAY.
I know, it’s a bummer but real talk: you do actually train your body when’s a good time to sleep. Last year, I was able to get myself to be a morning person and now I wake up at or around 7 AM without an alarm. I get sleepy around 10 every night. When I respect my body’s wishes, I fall asleep easily and naturally and wake up just as well.
2) Create a ritual around bedtime.
I know that I’ve said in the past that I’m not a fan of a big ritual. However, the little ones I do are must do. For me, at night that means avoiding my phone as much as I can (I still watch my far away TV), listening to some fireplace white noise and curling up with my big body pillow. Lastly, I love diffusing some essential oils in the room to add an extra layer of relaxation. My current go-to is Serenity from doTerra but I’ve included a blend I found online below. I’ll be trying this one ASAP! New to essential oils and want to give them a shot? Check this site here to find out more and grab some oils for yourself!
3) If all else fails, there’s no shame in the medication game.
For me, it wasn’t until I started dealing with my anxiety medically that I actually was able to sleep really consistently. For me, a low dose of Ativan is great for dealing both with my generalized anxiety and my issues with sleep. If it’s very bad (which happens maybe once every few months now), I use an indica-based marijuana vaporizer cartridge. My personal favorite is the dosist sleep but I will keep a random one in my PAX Era for emergencies.
Not to get too spicy, but if you’re really struggling to get to sleep or stay asleep, check into whether medical or recreational marijuana is a legal possibility where you live. I’ve tried both over the counter as well as prescription medication and all of them give me hangovers. I wake up the next morning feeling absolutely horrible. With marijuana, the worst I might have is extreme dry mouth. That’s so much better than feeling like garbage the next day or worse, sleep driving!
As I mentioned, I use indica-based products with more THC than CBD since that will give you the chill stoner vibe that’s conducive to sleep. Try a little bit, wait an hour, try a little bit more. I saw a cartoon that said, basically, “it’s easy to get a bit higher. It’s not easy to get less high.” Keep that in mind and tread carefully!
I hope this helps those of you who struggle with sleep! If you have any other tips or tricks, leave them as a comment here, on Facebook or on Instagram! I’d love to hear what works for you all! Until next time!!