#SelfLoveSunday: How To Naturally Deal With Insomnia

How many of you are that late night tweeter up until 3, 4, sometimes 5 in the morning when you know damn well you have responsibilities to handle the next day or technically the same day? Does it seem as though sleep comes so much more natural in the daytime but of course that’s not an option because you have shit to do and a job to tend to? Well, you and your other twitter homies that entertain your sappy tweets and hilarious RT’s are not alone in this thing that people call insomnia.

Insomnia is difficulty falling and/or staying asleep which of course results in fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentrating, and negative changes in mood. There are two different ways that insomnia can be described: Acute and Chronic. During stressful moments like the day before an interview or big shoot, one might experience acute insomnia which is only temporary and no treatment for this is necessary. For the folks who have had trouble sleeping for quite a while now (3 months or more), this might be a case of chronic insomnia and treatment should be considred.

Getting the proper amount of sleep is very important because you need all of your energy to conquer the day which will result in you conquering the week, month, year, and ultimately our life! Sleeping at a reasonble time allows you to wake up early, the early bird always gets the worm aka the bag! We all want the bag right? If you’re suffering from insomnia here are 5 ways to get through!

Peppermint or lavender oil

Erykah Badu infuses her pillows with lavender oil, so of course we should try it! Lavender promotes relaxation and calms down the anxiety that could be keeping you up at night. Peppermint oil helps when it comes to breathing which results in more oxygen getting to the brain. Having a healthy flow of oxygen to the brain helps with everything from restlessness to stress to body aches.

Blackout Blinds/Curtains

Blackout blinds make your room pitch black by blacking out any light coming from outside. Exposure to light stimulates a nerve pathway from the retina in the eye to an area in the brain called the Hypothalamus. This area serves as an internal clock and lets your body know when it’s time to be awake and when its time to be sleep. If you are suffering from insomnia your Hypothalamus is up and at work so in order to shut it down, lights need to be off!

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The Hypothalamus works the same way when it comes to the light that you are being exposed to from your phone. That light is directly in your face 24/7, give it a rest. As hard and tempting as it might be put your phone far away from your bed, somewhere that you would be too lazy to get up and get it throughout the night. Your brain is beyond over stimulated while you’re scrolling through IG/Twitter trying to see what’s poppin’. Take a break and shut that phone off.

White Sheets

Have you noticed that you get the best sleep on those super lush and cozy hotel beds? Although a lot of people are anti-white sheets because of stains and what not. White sheets make people feel clean, pure, relaxed, and clear minded. Erykah Badu claims this as well, she told Vogue magazine, “White makes me feel clean and pure, like I can think and dream.”

Melatonin

Melatonin is an all natural sleep aid which actually works if used correctly. Most people think that the higher the dosage of something the faster and more efficient it will be but that is not always the case. Melatonin works better for most people at lower dosages. You should start with 0.3-1 mg about 60-90 minutes before you plan on actually falling asleep. If you can not find a dosage that small don’t hesitate to get a higher dose and break it up. Discover what works for you when it comes to dosing but make sure you start off small. Unlike most perscribed sleeping medication melatonin is not addicvite and is all natural. Knock yourself out, literally and figuretivly.

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