Methods for Sleep in Recovery
Lavender is a wonder drug of nature. The fragrance of lavender is spellbinding. Lavender can be used in many ways. Essential oil of lavender can be applied to the wrists, temples, top of the head, and bottom of the feet. Absorbing into the bloodstream, lavender will calm the body. Lavender candles, scented pillows, and other aromatherapy can be used to put relaxation in the air. Lavender is available in lotions, bath soaps, shampoos and conditioners. Take a lavender epsom salt bath before bed and use lavender products for cleaning. It will be hard not to yawn before bedtime.
Chamomile is another wonder of nature geared toward sleep. The world famous tea company Celestial Seasonings aptly named it’s Chamomile tea “sleepytime tea”. Using chamomile flowers in aromatherapy combined with lavender will deliver a powerful olfactory sedative.
Eating a banana before bed has been shown to fill the stomach, calm the mind, and relax the body.
Practicing meditation before bed can help quiet the mind. Especially for those prone to overthinking, meditation is a way of focusing thoughts on the breath and relaxing to sleep.
Progressive relaxation is a MBSR technique. Using mindfulness to focus on various parts of the body, progressive relaxation prompts the tightening and release of different sets of muscles.
Counting sheep, counting backward from 100- whatever works best to distract the mind into sleeping.