Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Sweet Dreams



About a year ago, I finally stopped having trouble falling asleep. Those who have ever had sleep issues understand the frustration of wishing there was some sort of off button for the mind. Since my pre-bedtime routine has worked for me, I want to share it with all of you. Whether you have trouble falling asleep, whether you're dealing with emotional issues that cause you anxiety or whether you simply want to unwind and relax before bedtime, this post will provide very helpful tips. Enjoy.



MY BEDSIDE TABLE 

So this is my bedside table. I keep it minimal -- only containing my night-time essentials. You may be wondering what that little monkey thing is: it's called a "sock-monkey" and my sister made it for me from scratch. Several years ago while she was in middle-school, her English teacher taught her and the rest of her classmates how to make these for fun. She eventually liked the whole sewing thing and made several "sock-monkeys" for her loved ones. The sock-monkey itself and that blue rose you see next to it are two things that are always by my side while I sleep. The blue rose was given to me last year by the mom of a dear friend who left this world in 2004. I think about her and my sister everytime I go to bed. 



THE STEPS

The first thing I do prior going to bed is dim the lights and make sure the room temperature is cool. I find this an effective way of tell the mind that it will soon be time to go to bed. The temperature part might sound irrelevant at first, but the body actually responds positively to a cooler bed. It will make you want to tuck yourself under those sheets!

Try to slowly disconnect yourself from the outer world: put your phone on silent, turn off you computer/tablet and get comfy in bed.

I always moisturize my lips no matter what, and I've been using Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm for two weeks straight which is when I got it and I have no plans on switching to another. This is hands down the best lip balm I have ever tried, and I genuinely say that. You can literally still feel the balm on your lips the next morning. It's like a lip "lotion". 





Once I'm in bed, I like to massage my arms and my legs with a moisturizing oil. I made my own blend in a spray bottle. It contains: Dessert Essence's Organic Jojoba Oil mixed with Texas Cedarwood Essential Oil by Aura Cacia. I find that massaging my body relaxes me and alternately, I receive aromatherapy benefits. Texas Cedarwood is a balancing oil. You can dilute any calming oil (such as lavender) with a carrier oil (such as jojoba, almond or grapeseed).















And I don't neglect my hands. I bring them back to life with Nuxe Reve de Miel Hand and Nail Cream, really working it in. It is a thicker cream compared to others I've used in the past, but the formula not only smells divine -- it truly gets rid of any dry patches and it brings back that "glow" healthy hands have. 








Aromatherapy is key in my routine. These are my favorite essential oils: Pillow Potion, Lavender and Texas Cedarwood all by Aura Cacia


Pillow Potion is actually a blend of Lavender, Sweet Orange, Hops, Patchouli, Yarrow and German Chamomile oil. There are several ways you can use it: 
- Combine 18 drops with 1oz. water in a spray mister.
- Massage oil: combine 7 drops with each tablespoon of sweet almond oil (or any other carrier oil). 

How I personally use it: I put a drop or two of the essential oil I choose that night between my hands, I rub them together, place them away from my face and practice a quick breathing exercise. Feel free to do it right now!

Inhale for three seconds. Exhale for six.
Inhale for six seconds. Exhale for nine.
Inhale for nine seconds. Exhale for six.
Inhale for six seconds. Exhale for three. 

Note: when you inhale, inhale deeply

I then rub my hands on my pillow or forearms so I continue to smell the oil/s while I sleep. 



I recently bought this lovely duo by the brand This Works: Sleep Balm and Deep Sleep Pillow Spray


The Sleep Balm can not only be used on pulse points, but also on cuticles, elbows or heels. It has a faint smell of Lavender, but it also contains Monoi and Coconut oil. I love its smooth, buttery texture. 

Deep Pillow Spray contains Lavender, Vetiver and Wild Chamomile oil. You spray it onto your pillow, lay your head, close your eyes and slowly fall into a deep state of relaxation. 

I find This Works products to be way lighter in scent compared to the others I previously mentioned, but still effective enough to create a relaxing environment. 


EXTRA TIPS
Though shutting your mind is impossible, try your best to leave your current thoughts for the morning after. Whatever it is you feel the need to do or resolve, I guarantee you you'll make better decisions with a well-rested mind. 

Sweet dreams,
Pat







6 comments:

  1. Loved this post sis!
    I don't have trouble falling asleep but my hubby does sometimes. He sprays lavender on his pillow, it helps him a lot.
    When I'm feeling anxious I read a few pages and I can fall back to sleep almost immediately!
    I'm happy you like the Nuxe products... That lip balm is the best!
    Sweet dreams! :-)
    xoxo

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    1. Hi sis! Glad you liked it! You're so lucky you can fall asleep that easy. By the way, how are you liking your ByTerry lip balm? xx

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    2. Yes, just seeing my bed makes me want to sleep, LOL!
      I really like the Baume de Rose, it's a nice product. It's very moisturizing, non sticky. It feels very luxurious and smells nice. A little bit goes a long way. The jar will last me a long time! But honestly I have cheaper lip balms that do the job as well. The Nuxe one has a better value for money if I can be honest!
      I'm glad I got it and will use it up but I'm not sure if I would repurchase it once I'm done with it.
      Happy Friday sis!
      xoxo

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    3. I asked you because after trying the one by Nuxe, I don't see see how there could be something better out there. thanks! xoxo

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  2. This is a great post. I never had real trouble sleeping until about 2 months ago. It's really draining and stressful not being able to fall asleep
    xx

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    1. I completely understand! I was about to suggest using essential oils, but I think that that going to the root of the problem would probably be more effective. So ask yourself: what has changed from two months til now that isn't letting you sleep well? xx

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