By Emily Fletcher
Recently, Ziva founder Emily Fletcher spoke with A Girl’s Gotta Spa about tips for better sleep. Emily herself suffered from insomnia for 18 months while performing on Broadway, but has found a way to sleep through the night every night for the past 10 years. For new moms to insomniacs to those of us kept up worrying about our families, jobs, or relationships, here are Emily’s 8 best tips for better sleep:
As we all know, if you don’t get a good night’s sleep, life can get pretty tough on the other side. We all want to be there for our friends, our family, our colleagues, and perform at our very best.
To get a good night’s sleep, we actually need to start taking action during the day. Here are a few practical tips to help you get that delicious restful sleep you’ve been craving.
1. F.lux App
I know it seems crazy to offer up technology to help with sleep, but since so many of us spend so much time on computers and phones during the day this is a great tool. It actually knows the time the sun sets in your time zone, so it darkens and softens the light on your device to correctly signal to your brain the time of day. It’s awesome.
2. EMF Phone Cover
This shields the harmful rays that come from our cell phones that aren’t great for us anyways, but especially best to block them when we are focused on getting good rest.
3. No technology in the bedroom
Let your bed be for sleep and sex only.
4. Wash off the day and reset for night with a nice, warm bath
Add some magnesium or lavender to help relax the muscles, and remind your body that it is time to rest and relax.
5. Give yourself an oil massage
Try this once you’re in bed- just on your hands and your feet to work out the tension. Sesame oil or coconut oil work beautifully here.
6. Lavender oil on the bottom of your feet
Simply dab some on the bottom of your feet. It sounds crazy, but it is a magical miracle trick.
7. Take the pressure off
If you’re lying in bed and can’t fall asleep, remind yourself that even if you’re not actively asleep, you’re still getting 80% of the rest you could be getting, simply by lying in bed. Just remembering this helps to take pressure and anxiety off, and relaxes the mind along with the body.
8. My number one favorite tip for insomnia: Meditation
I had insomnia for about eighteen months before I found this style of meditation. It was like torture! I wasn’t enjoying my job, or my life. On the first day of my first meditation class I slept through the night for the first time in eighteen months and I have every night since, and that was ten years ago.
I’m excited to share this with you, friends. Sweet dreams!
This article originally appeared on A Girl’s Gotta Spa.