My 6 Sleep Tips That Work
You've probably had insomnia at least a few times in your life. Most of my friends complain about it a lot. Jonathan has always had it, and I regularly and unsympathetically suggest that he just drinks too much coffee.
Then, after years of being able to sleep anywhere, any time, under any loud, bright or crazy circumstances (I was that girl drooling on your shoulder on your cross-country flight), I developed sleep troubles. Whah!
Nothing will ruin happiness quicker -- yours, mine, and everyone around us -- than being sleep-deprived. But this is a blog about happy things, so I'm thrilled to share with you what has worked for me, and I hope these sleep tips work for you, too.
- Soak in an epsom salt bath. I've written to you before about the benefits of filling your bathtub with epsom salts. This puts me into a deep and relaxing sleep, and has many other health and beauty benefits as well. You'll fall asleep after an epsom salt bath, but you may not stay asleep. So read on.
- Drink bone broth. I'm a bone broth believer and one of its many, many health benefits is supporting restful sleep. Something about the minerals it contains, especially potassium and calcium, have a calming, dozy effect.
- Take melatonin. This powerful supplement helps me sleep. One tablet before bed does the trick. I take a Now Foods brand 3 mg tablet 20 minutes before bed. Jonathan takes a fancier concoction called Sleep Soother that also includes Valerian, and other magic. His is a sure-thing, but mine is cheaper and it works for me.
- Take Calms Forte if you wake up in the middle of the night. When your mind is racing at 2:30 a.m. with worthless, worrisome thoughts this homeopathic remedy will settle you down. Of all the tips on this list Calms Forte is the most amazing. Keep this and a sip of water on your nightstand so you can swallow 2 of the tiny tablets without getting out of bed. You'll be back asleep before you know it.
- Consider bio-identical hormones. As women approach menopause estrogen and progesterone levels drop, which makes insomnia inevitable. Boo. I work with a naturopathic doctor who prescribed micro doses of these hormones and the results have been miraculous. Note, these are NOT the synthetic hormones linked with cancer, but they are still slightly controversial so do your research. Mine led me to feel confident that this is the right solution for me, and not just because I couldn't sleep. They also eliminated hot flashes, mental fogginess and irritability ("irritable" being a far more polite word than how I had been feeling.)
- Get a massage. Massage, especially a good one right before bed, promotes relaxation and sleep. I'm so lucky to live very near two of the best massage therapists I've ever known. If you live in Marin, consider one of these gifted women for your next rub down.
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