Because if falling asleep is a struggle for you, you need to read this…
My whole life I’ve been what you would call a “night owl” and, yeah, I go through spurts where I have a really hard time falling asleep. Like, we’re talking “up until 3AM for no reason just staring at the ceiling” awake, you know? It’s THE WORST. Admittedly, my sleep has been a lot better since I got my Tomorrow bed (seriously, it’s life-changing), but these five products save me on a regular basis so I had to share them!
What are some of your best falling-asleep tips and products?
Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Sleep Body Cream: I’m not a big body cream person but since this version from BBW is specifically formulated to help you fall asleep, I gave it a try and love it. The cream is infused with lavender essential oil as well as cedarwood essential oil to help calm your mind. They recommend you breathe deeply after applying it so that your senses can take in the full aroma.
HUM Nutrition Beauty zzZz: Melatonin is a natural life-saver for me, as long as I take it before 1AM. If I take it after that, I’m insanely groggy the next morning. HUM’s version of Beauty zzZz has melatonin, vitamin B6 for regulating your sleeping pattern, and calcium to help to induce and maintain sleep.
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Hydra-Gel Eye Patches: You guys all know how much I love PTR products and these gel patches, in addition to helping with dark circles and puffiness, are really just super relaxing. I love putting them on for 20 minutes before bed- it’s maybe more ritualistic than the other items but sometimes that has its own purpose!
Herbivore DETOX Bath Salt: I’m so NOT a bath person; after five minutes I’m always like “ok, now what?” BUT, that said, I started taking epsom baths because of my lower back issues and in the past few months I’ve converted over to actual bath salts. This version, from Herbivore, contains Pacific sea salts, which are extracted and solar dried from the saline and mineral-rich waters of the Pacific ocean. The salts are nutrient rich and extremely fine Cambrian blue clay, which is a rare clay that penetrates deeply into your pores to draw out impurities while also helping your skin maintain moisture. The scent of eucalyptus is also super relaxing.
Acupressure Mat and Neck Pillow set: I first heard about acupressure from my Dad, who tried it once and thought it was awesome. This mat, in particular, had great reviews on Amazon and I PROMISE it doesn’t hurt at all- the spikes look much scarier than they really are, haha. The mat and pillow use tiny little sharp plastic acupoints to stimulate the body’s pressure points, similar to acupuncture but without the use of skin piercing needles. When the pressure points of the body are stimulated, tension in the muscle is released while an increase in blood flow and circulation in the area slowly aids in healing and promotes complete relaxation and well being. In essence, acupressure point stimulation causes the body to heal itself so that it can function optimally. But seriously, these mats also help with:
- immediate back and neck pain
- helping with relaxation and the elimination of stress
- reducing aches and pains
- improves sleep, circulation and mood (and apparently increased energy levels!)
- helps with headaches, too!
Basically since I have lower back pain AND want to fall asleep faster, this mat and pillow is a dream for me and I’m kicking myself for not trying it sooner.
Photos by Michelle Kyle Photography