Today, we are going to talk about a few of my favorite natural ways for better beauty rest.
The Essential Oil Series continues this week with a little DIY project that I’ve been making myself for the last few years — this Lavender Pillow Spray.
I have talked about my LOVE of lavender essential oil, and the reason it’s my absolute favorite essential oil is because of it’s ability to help me fall asleep.
To be honest, I am a terrible sleeper. I have a very hard time falling asleep — most likely because I constantly have a million ideas and thoughts running through my head — and I also, until recently, almost NEVER went an entire night without waking up.
I have been making this linen spray for about 2 years now, which really helps to calm my mind, and help me fall asleep. And about a year ago, I really make a conscious effort improve the quality of my sleep. I’ve changed my nightly routine, and arranged my bedroom to help me sleep better.
This simple DIY Lavender Linen Spray only requires a few ingredients, that may already be in you medicine cabinet, and takes only a few minutes to shake up. And while we’re at it, let’s talk about some of my favorite tips to get better shut-eye.
- Pour all ingredients in the glass bottle and shake to combine.
- Shake before each use, and lightly mist onto pillows, linens, or your wrists to help you have a better night's sleep!
Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep
Get into a Routine – This is huge. Having a routine to help your mind get in the mood of falling asleep is big, wether it’s reading a book, taking a bath, or spending some quality time with a loved one. I love taking a shower or bath at night, going through my nighttime skin routine, and reading to help me get sleepy. Also, falling asleep and waking up around the same time every day is important to keep you biological clock in sync.
Avoid Caffeine after 10am – This was really hard for me to change — I used to be a barista in college and would drink a large coffee every night around 7pm before heading out for the night’s activities — so glad those days are over! But, since giving up caffeine after 10am (or sometimes noon if I really need an extra boost), my sleep quality has improved like CRAZY. No more waking up in the middle of the night!
Get Moving – YUP! You gotta MOVE to get better Zzz’s. Working out not only helps you fall asleep easier, but can also improves sleep quality, and helps to fight off sleepiness through out the day. So make sure to get your daily workouts in ladies!
Read a Book – This is a big one for me because I feel like I constantly want to go on my phone and check Instagram or do some last minute blog work. BUT, the last few months I’ve really made an effort to turn off my electronics and read before bed.
Reading has helped me SO much to fall asleep faster. That’s because the blue-ish light from electronics throws off your biological clock. No wonder I used to have such a hard time falling asleep!! Reading a book (like an ACTUAL book, not your iPad or kindle) really helps to let your brain shut down, AND is the perfect way to unwind. Check out some of my current favorite books, for some seriously inspiring #GIRLBOSS reads.
Black Out Curtains – These are seriously amazing! This goes a little hand-in-hand with the whole “lighting” issue before sleeping. If you’ve never tried black-out curtains before, they are the BEST. My roommate in college got me hooked on them and seriously — best invention ever!! My apartment facing a very well light alley, and my black-out curtains are amazing at making sure out bedroom is pitch-black for sleepy time!
Keep it Chilly – Keeping your bedroom on the cool side will actually help you sleep better than having it too hot. When your internal core temperature is a little lower it actually signals you body to get better sleep. I love having the window open at night so I can get a cool, fresh breeze and then layering on tonssss of blankets!
Lavender Oil – And lastly, is obviously this amazing DIY Pillow Spray and lots of lavender essential oil. I have my pillow spray right in my nightstand as well as my homemade reed diffuser, both with lavender essential oil to help me calm down and drift into my dreams….
What are some of your tips for better sleep?