Are you awake? Yea, me too!
If you ever find yourself on Twitter late night and see me tweeting, then you already know about my trouble sleeping. Maybe you can relate, it's 12 am, time to unwind, and your brain hasn't quite caught up with your body. Sleep is all about rest and recovery, and it's important to respect our minds and bodies enough to support their core needs. Sleep is as important as our diet, our exercise, and our relationships; and honestly, it affects every aspect of our lives.
Since I've notoriously had trouble sleeping, I have also had time to acquire some tricks to falling and staying asleep. Growing up, often we were told a warm glass of milk or counting sheep was the answer to falling fast asleep, but it doesn't work for everyone, least of all, me.
1. Melatonin - Ahh the easy, travel-friendly answer. Melatonin is a hormone found naturally in the body that helps you fall asleep. It comes in a pill form, gummy, quick, easy and painless, any drugstore or pharmacy should carry it. I always pack this on tour; it's incredible for jet-lag too! If I'm really struggling, Valerian tablets are even more potent than melatonin, but more than two tablets and my dreams become super vivid. It's important to start with a small dose until you find what works for you.
2. Tea - Specifically, The chamomile and Valerian variety. Both flowers have calming properties that can ease anxiety, quiet the mind and soothe you straight to sleep. Perfect for a cozy night when you want to fall asleep slowly. I typically drink this an hour or so before I plan to sleep. It's more of a dozing off than a full on pass out. See above for a more straight to the point solution ;)
3. Exercise - It is so important to get at least 30min of exercise in per day. (like Dance Cardio with me! ;)) If you have too much energy at night this remedy is for you. Just remember not to workout too late in the evening as it may cause a spurt of energy to close to bedtime and end up keeping you awake. Maybe you worked out so hard your sore body won't let you sleep. Follow up with a Magnesium Powder in water; it's beneficial for relaxing sore muscles and calming the mind and body before bed.
4. Meditation - I know, you've heard. But you just can't? I get it, and It takes practice. Lavender essential oil helps me get to a place of calm and focus on my breathing. The stillness of the mind and breath is simple but not easy. My advice is to start at just 3 minutes. Use an app like Headspace to get you started and make it a habit. For me, I know what keeps me up at night is all the things in my head. If I can't control my mind, I can't depend on it either. Make mind control and mindfulness a priority and practice every night before bed.
5. Journal - Fifth and finally, write it out. If it all comes back to having too much on your mind and not enough space or time to organize it all before bed. Get it out, thoughts, worries, plans, goals, and especially your to-do list for tomorrow. More often than not, the immediate future is what we ruminate over at night. Don't let worry overpower excitement. Give yourself confidence by preparing for the day ahead and release the day you just finished. Today is in the past and tomorrow is a fresh start. Last, write a positive message for tomorrow and keep it in mind throughout the day.
There we go Loverz! That's my five tips for your late nights! Share some of your tricks in the comments below or on Instagram!
All my love,