New age sleep aids

There are some really neat ways to help you drift off into sleep. This week I want to share with you some info about some amazing essential oils and some phone apps that will hopefully have you pulling zz’s in no time. As you may have read last week, or if you receive my emails, I have struggled with sleep my whole life. I am sharing some hacks I have tried that have helped me. I hope you find them useful.

Phone apps can be great tools to help with sleep. CALM is my favourite app. This is a paid app but it also has free features. I really like the free features it offers and I liked it so much that I recently got the paid version. It has great visuals and a variety of ways to use, from soothing music to bedtime stories for adults, one narrated by Matthew MConaughey. As much as I like Matthew my favourite is the soft music that I usually listen to till I drift off to sleep. It also has a mediation section as well as body section and even stuff for kids. I have used the mediations quite a bit as well. What drew me to actually purchasing it over the other apps were the visuals. It has great pictures of nature scenes that just seem to add to the relaxation you are trying to achieve before bed.

Headspace is also a paid app that has free features. Again I have only used the free version and really like it. What I like is that you can program in your mini profile so the app can personalize the program that you pick. You can pick from options such as an anxiety program, sleep etc. The app will also send you a notification when it’s time to use it. I used to get a notice every night at 10 for the sleep program. I don’t use it all the time but when I did use it I frequently fell asleep.

Another wonderful sleep aid I use and have used for many years are essential oils. Essential oils are the healing properties found in plants. One of the most popular is Lavender. Wildly popular for its soothing scent, lavender is also known for its relaxing ability. Try it by using a few drops in a diffuser or even just sprinkled on your pillow case. Lavender is one of the few oils that can be tolerated by almost everyone and is usually safe enough for use with babies. Never place an oil directly on the skin, dilute with a carrier oil first such as coconut or almond oil. Or just throw a few drops in the bath.

Side note – DoTerra is a company that boasts its high-quality oils and they are available from a distributer. You can become a preferred customer yourself and get a 25% reduction in cost. I really like the quality but I do find they are expensive.

Clary sage is a great oil to help with challenges that occur when our bodies are in menopause, clary sage smells nice as well. I once took a bath in it and put too much in, which made me feel kinda dizzy so be careful how much you use. A great way to use it would be in a nice warm bath just before bed. I find lately I am dozing off in the bath, no matter what time of day. A diffuser is a nice way to use it as well and there is something soothing about a steam diffuser with a calming light when you are ready to sleep.

Rose is my absolute favourite and of course one of the most expensive. You can get it diluted in other oils. This will give you the same great scent and almost the same potency. Apparently, there are over 100 species of roses, interesting. A great way to use it is to place a few drops on a tissue and stick in your pillowcase as you drift off to sleep. Rose is also great diffused at night. Try adding a few drops to your hand or body cream and apply to your skin before you go to bed, lovely.

I hope that you find something here helpful. If you are struggling with insomnia, and would like to book a session, please reach out at Nancy@daracounselling.ca. Cyber counselling and telephone counselling available.

thanks for reading, take care, Nancy

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