Insomnia often reflects the restlessness we experience during waking hours which can manifest itself through reluctance to letting go when bedtime comes. We are somehow under the impression that if we could just hold on and stay awake a little while longer, we would find a solution to our problems. We allow our thoughts to spin around and feed our inner dialogue with everything we have prevented ourselves from expressing during our waking hours and question ourselves endlessly. But we must let go of control and trust that sleep will bring us comfort.
During sleep, we become disconnected from reality. We are alone with ourselves and free to listen to our inner voice. By surrendering control and allowing ourselves to drift away into the unconscious, we are trusting ourselves and the world that everything will be okay. This, however, sounds easier said than done for those suffering from insomnia which is why I have put together a few natural tips. But first,let’s find out what’s keeping YOU awake.
1- Are you feeling emotional and having trouble letting go of strong feelings?
Try aromatherapy: Essential oils such as lavender andmarjoram are known for their calming and appeasing properties which help restore balance. They relieve tension and insomnia. Their adaptogenic qualities will instigate a normalizing reaction in the body that is appropriate to achieve a state of homeostasis or balance.
- You can put a few drops on your pillow.
- Diffuse oil throughout the room.
2- Are you struggling with worrisome thoughts that seem to go around in circles in your mind?
When you are experiencing difficulty quieting down the mind, adding few drops of White Chestnut Bach Flower Essence can do wonders to calm down mental activity when it becomes too intense. Add four drops to your drinking water and take four times a day.
3- Are you feeling stressed, agitated, restless?
Sipping avalerian or camomile infusion before bed can have an appeasing effect as they are known for calming down the nervous system.
Take a sedating bath: Add 5 drops of marjoram and 10 drops of lavender essential oil to your bath water and take the time to unwind. Marjoram can be very sedating so try avoid it before driving or engaging in an activity. To help the oils dissolve mix with three tablespoons of table cream.
4- Are you feeling disturbed?
Make sure that your bedroom is as dark as possible can help stimulate natural melatonine production in your body which is regulated by ambient lighting.You can use eye pillows if necessary and avoid being in front of your computer or phone screen at least 30 minutes before bed.If you wake up in the middle of the night feeling like you are unable to go back to sleep, avoid turning on the lights or looking at your phone as the light that emanates from these devices can interrupt melatonin production.
5- Are you dreading what tomorrow might bring?
The breath is the connection between mind and body.Connect with your breath and connect with the present.
6- Is there something you wish to say but are not expressing?
An imbalance in the throat chakra, also known as the bridge between the heart and the mind, can disrupt our sleep cycles. This is why it’s important to have an outlet to express what’s inside.Find a way to do so in a creative way.Keep a journal, write, draw, sing. And if you don’t want to, you don’t even need to pick up a pen or a crayon. Instead, you can try to visualize your feelings. Imagine the colors, the shapes that best depict your inner you. Use your creativity to ease negative emotions within.