Go to sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is a key ingredient to a healthy lifestyle. No amount of running or juicing or anything else can make up for an extended lack of sleep.

Sleep allows the body to recover, build new cells, improves your skin, reduces stress, and even supports weight loss, so we should all aim for a good 7-8 hours a night. Not getting zzzz’s creates inflammation, bad moods, brain fog, and can negatively impact everything in your life. Dramatic, yes.

So what do you do when you just CAN’T fall into slumber land at 10, 11, or 12am?

You’re not alone, and in fact so many of my clients and good friends suffer from this that I’ve had to research sleep aids extensively.

Try one or two or more. And please let me know how you do.

Deep Breathing Exercise

A deep breathing exercise in a comfortable position (sitting or lying down) for five minutes before bed will improve the flow of oxygen in your blood cells and help make you feel sleepy…there are even free apps to help you with this. I love that one.

Melatonin

Our bodies produce melatonin, but sometimes not enough to help.  My friend, Dr. Frank Lipman, has a sleep supplement that includes this natural ingredient. You can order that here.

Magnesium

Taking a magnesium supplement will calm and relax your muscles and make you feel downright drowsy.  Many of us are deficient in this gentle mineral, so if you are anxious or feel tension during the day, give this a try.

Lavender Essential Oil

Diffuse lavender before bed, add several drops to your bath, sprinkle some on your pillow, or on pulse points . You can also add about 20 drops to coconut oil and massage your feet and between your toes. Here is my favorite brand and where to buy. Doterra – Lavender

Calming Herbal Teas

Herbal teas and blends are an ancient way of relaxing to drift off to slumber.  Here are some brands I love: Turmeric Tea and Tocha Teas

Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate can make you happy and relaxed. True! Many studies have shown that Dark Chocolate releases the right chemicals in our brains to help us sleep. Sounds like a delicious way to drift off.