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My Sleep Routine

November 15, 2016
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The importance of sleep:

-improves your immune system

-improves concentration and mood

-beneficial for learning and memory

-sleep deprivation can cause weight gain

-muscle is rebuilt during sleep

The list goes on….

For as long as I can remember, I have had trouble falling, and even sometimes staying, asleep.

When I was in college I took my nightly Simply Sleep over-the-counter to get some shut eye. A  few months later I developed an eye twitch during my waking hours.

I then turned to more natural remedies for sleep, so I began taking melatonin to fall asleep.

While melatonin worked for me for years, I recently researched more in depth the side effects of taking this supplement.

The reason why I stopped taking melatonin was because I worry about the hormonal effects this supplement has, especially since I suffer from an under-active thyroid. Also, I often woke up groggy and super tired, even with a full night’s sleep.

To read what I read check out this website and this one.

Because it is still difficult for me to fall asleep naturally (without the use of anything), I researched and tried out more natural, less harmful alternatives.

Every night before bed I use the following:

 

Magnesium spray & Bach Rescue Sleep spray

For the magnesium  spray:

3-4 sprays on the bottom of each foot (rub it in and let it dry for a minute and then put on cozy socks); 3 sprays on the back of my neck; 3 sprays under each armpit

For the Bach Rescue Sleep spray:

2-3 sprays on the top of my tongue

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I also turn on my diffuser and sleep with it on all night. I either diffuse Zennery’s breathe or Tranquil essential oil blend, about 6 drops.

*I use Defender during the day.

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I also wear this Philip Stein sleep watch when I am really having trouble falling or staying asleep.

In a nutshell, the watch works with the natural frequencies in the environment to bring your brain and body to a more restful state.

To learn more about this product, check out their website here.

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Also, if you like meditations download the app ‘Headspace’

or listen to relaxing music on Pandora!

Once in a while I will sip on some Yogi tea an hour before bed. I love the Honey Lavender Stress Relief, Soothing Caramel Bedtime and regular Bedtime tea.

Lastly, I always aim to go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday!!!

What do you do to get a good night’s sleep?

Rest peacefully!

xxJ

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