My Bedtime Routine

Monday, April 29, 2019

We all have different ways we prepare for bed.

I've had horrible insomnia for many years, ever since I was a kid. I would lie in bed awake for hours. Since I've been actively trying to improve my sleep, I've developed an actual bedtime routine that works really well for me when I stick to it (and I'm normally asleep within 15 minutes)!

1.) I wash my face.

I have a face wash that I made myself. It contains lavender, frankincense, carrot seed, and bergamot oils. Since bergamot (like other citrus oils) is very photosensitive, I always use the face wash at night. I apply my eye cream (Yes to Blueberries Age Refresh Eye Firming Treatment), followed by my moisturizer (Yes to Super Blueberries Recharging Yogurt & Probiotics DIY Moisturizing Parfait). To finish up in the bathroom, I finish up by brushing my teeth with Thieves Aromabright Toothpaste.

2.) I take my meds, supplements, and evening oils.

I take my medication each evening (Lexapro for my depression and anxiety, and Metformin to help manage my PCOS). I also take a prenatal vitamin, Life 9 probiotic, Super Cal Plus, and Femigen (a supplement to support female health). I apply Progessence Plus to my wrists and neck, and then roll Endoflex over my thyroid, and kidneys.

3.) I use relaxing oils.

I have a sleep roller that contains my favorite sleepy blend (cedarwood, lavender, orange, and vetiver); I also diffuse this blend from time to time (I tend to switch up my diffuser blend based on what I want to smell or my current wellness needs).

I also like to spray my bedding with a DIY linen spray I whipped up; it's orange and lavender, and it smells so dreamy.

4.) I turn on a sleep mediation podcast.

I've always needed some sort of noise to sleep. As a kid, I slept with the radio on. As a young adult, I'd often fall asleep watching a movie or sitcom. More recently, I'd turn on a relaxing Pandora station. The only problem with that was sometimes I'd get too into the music and not be able to shut my brain off.

Then I decided there was probably an app or podcast that could help.

I tried a few before I finally found one that worked well for me: Tracks to Relax Sleep Meditations podcast. Most of the free sleep meditations available on the podcast app (I just use the one on my iPhone) are about 15-20 minutes, and I'm almost always asleep before the first one ends. There are several different ones that put you in many different relaxing situations (a beach, a lighthouse, a cavern, etc.). This has been SUCH a game changer for my sleep!

Since I've been using this routine, it's been so much easier for me to get to sleep (and stay asleep!).

What is your favorite bedtime tip?

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