Hour 2 goes by as you lay in bed staring at the darkness…you seriously start wondering if perhaps you are indeed a vampire. Why the hell can’t you fall asleep? Don’t worry, you’re not alone…join the club…or better yet, try some of these things, and give insomnia the middle finger.
That’s right do it….Walnuts and almonds that is. (What did you think I was gonna say?!) Walnuts are a great source of tryptophan, which is a sleep-enhancing amino acid, that helps make serotonin and melatonin (A hormone made by the pineal gland in the brain, that helps control your sleep and wake cycles.) Almonds are rich in magnesium, a mineral needed for quality sleep (they also help headaches!) Just a handful or so will do ya, and give it about 20 min to digest and kick in.
I know it can seem a little “Out there” to be putting rocks under your pillow, but trust me, it works, and not just any old rocks, but rather crystals as they are commonly referred to, such as Rose Quarts and Sodalite. When you are experiencing negative emotions, such as anger or frustration because of daily stresses, this can cause an erratic, disordered, incoherent pattern in your heart’s rhythm. Adding anxiety or stress to your heart, causes it to beat harder and faster and thus releasing a stress-hormone, cortisol. Cortisol is no bueno in general, let alone when you are trying to be calm and sleep. So how can crystals help your sleep and calm your stressed heart? To get all science-y on you; Atoms group together to form the essential shapes and qualities of crystals. The particles of these atoms (Protons, neutrons, and electrons) are basic units of energy that emit subtle vibrations. Because each stone has its own unique molecular and geometric structure, their vibrations resonate on differing frequencies which are then felt or perceived by us as feelings and qualities.
Rose quarts is basically love in a crystal. It is soothing, nurturing and calming. I like to put this under my pillow or on my nightstand near me when it’s time to go to sleep.
Sodalte (along with many of the blue colored crystals) promote relaxation, helps quiet your racing thoughts and promotes mental and physical calm. Place under your pillow, or you can put at the base of your bed near your feet under the covers or hold it in your hand. (Source – Change your energy book)
Pressure points are located all over our bodies, and each work on different things. Here is my favorite one that helps with relaxation and sleep. There is a little spot on your neck behind your ear called “Anmian”. It’s the only sleep-related pressure point located on the head. The pressure point is located just before the ear, along the soft section before your neck muscles connect with your jaw line. To get the most out of this pressure point, use your index and middle finger and firmly press into the depression for 15 to 20 minutes. You should begin to feel relaxed, calm and sleepy. (thefusionmodel.com)
Lay in whatever position is comfortable to you when you get into bed. Start at your feet, either say it out loud or just in your head, but picture your feet, and each part of your body that you move on to from your feet to your head, getting heavy, like they are sinking into the sand on a calm, warm beach, and slowly say “Feet, relax…feet, relax…feet relax”, then move onto your legs (“Legs, relax…..legs, relax…legs relax) and on to your hips, and your stomach, and all the way up to your head. When on your face, go through each part of your face and feel the relaxation settle in, and 9 times out of 10 you won’t even make it to your face as you’ll already be fast asleep.
That’s right, bust out that old school pen and paper. Making a quick list of all the things you need to do the next day/week will take the pressure off your mind to “Not forget to do x,y,z” so it can actually chill out from future thoughts of worry, and be able to slow down and drift to sleep. Then you have a leg up on all the stuff you need to do that week so you can accomplish it since you will be so damn rested.
Let me know if you try any of these and how they worked for you! I always love hearing and trying people’s sleep remedies, so feel free to share yours in the comments!