Well, like many people I struggle with insomnia from time to time, whether it is from worry, astrological energies, a racing mind, or some other cause, it happens to most of us. It’s frustrating to lie there and not be able to drift off to a place of total relaxation. I have compiled a list of different types of techniques using alternative methods to help induce relaxation and hopefully sleep. As usual, here’s the disclaimer….
**Disclaimer this is not an attempt to give medical advice, it is merely for educational purposes. Seek medical advice from your physician for issues of insomnia or sleeplessness.**
So Here’s the list of some different approaches that may be helpful in the purpose of relaxation:
Insomnia Herbs for Teas and things:
This list is by no means all inclusive. I find that you can make your own tea blend to suit your needs and tastes. Many of these herbs come in their own supplement forms. Pick and choose and see what works for you. **Disclaimer** Consult your physician before using any herbals or supplements as they can counteract with any medications that you are on. This is in no way a substitution for medical care.
Ashwangahanda: (India) helps the body fight stress, a mild relaxant, calming
California Poppy: sedative and anti-anxiety properties
Catnip: anxiety and over-excitement
Chamomile: anxiety and insomnia
Eleutherococcus (Siberian Ginseng): (Siberia, Japan, N. Korea, China) (Eleuthero): regulates the amount of stress experienced in the body
Hawthorne: (Europe and England): gentle, relaxant effect
Hops: insomnia and calms the nervous system
Kava Kava, (Fiji): sedative, communication and dreams
Lavender: calms the nervous systemLemon Balm: relaxant , anti-anxiety
Linden: mild insomnia and anxiety
Magnolia Bark,(Asia): anxiety and nervousness disorders
Orange Peel: anti depressant, relaxing
Passionflower: anxiety and insomnia
Saint John’s Wort, (Europe): relieves chronic insomnia and mild depression
Valerian Root: insomnia
Wild lettuce: a mild sedative and nervine
Flower essences for insomnia:
Flower essences are pure energy work. They are the auric imprint of plants and flowers and have a wonderful effect on our subtle energy bodies. Here’s some links to articles I have written explaining essences more:
This essence is excellent for the undefined anxiety that lurks at night time and keeps you awake. It’s perfect for those who are sensitive, and suffer from the disturbing feelings of the unknown.
This allows for relaxing and letting go, it helps both the physical as well as the emotional systems to calm so that they can succumb to the sleep cycles. Very often the idea of “falling” asleep translates to people the concept of letting go of control. For many people this idea of giving up control is exactly why they are unable to achieve a restful night. If this is your issue, Cherry Plum essence may be ideal for you.
This essence helps ease anxiety that arises when someone cannot sleep. It can create a vicisous cycle of wanting to be able to sleep but not achieving it, very often this is when the tossing and turning begins and as time ticks away one may become more, “impatient” to get some rest.
This essence is really the opposite of Aspen in that it helps with known fears versus that of the unknown fears of Aspen. So if you are afraid and it is causing you sleep depriving anxiety, this is the essence that may be a solution to help you face your fears and deal with it once and for all.
This essence will help you if you are being kept awake at night by all of your daily worries, work, home, bills, security, your family’s health, this is the one for you. It will help provide inspiration in trust and loving detachment from the issues. This will allow your mind to rest and help you to find some peace. So if you are worrying about something specific then this is the essence for you.
This essence works to calm the mind and release those churning thoughts. It will help you from spinning constantly the wheel of the mind and let go of that hyperactivity so you can let go and relax into some well deserved slumbers.
This essence helps let go of the over excitement of the day. If you are overly passionate about your day’s progress or tomorrow’s next adventure this essence will help you to lull yourself into a good rest so that you can be ready to participate in whatever life has in store for you…tomorrow!
Crystals for Insomnia:
Rocks are great to work with, but the key is that they have to be in your energy field. So tuck them under your pillow, by your bedside, make a mojo bag, whatever you like..but the energy needs to meet with yours to really be effective.
This crystal brings in soothing and calming energies to allow you to rest through the night by relaxing and helping you to rid yourself of negative energies that might be disruptive to you.
This crystal has calming and soothing qualities much like amethyst and can help induce more restful sleeping patterns. It works on the mind to help reset it into its normal setting, away from disruptions of the day’s stresses.
Quartz helps to amplify the energies of the other stones around it. It can help clear away negativity and boost protective qualities of stones like amethyst.
This crystal works to promote peace, love, gratitude and harmony within the body. These are emotions associated with reduced stress rates. A reduction in stress will result in less production of the stress hormone, Cortisol. Once this eases, it can allow the body and the brain to relax and ease into sleep more readily.
This crystal works when placed in your energy field to help clear your auric energy. Put it at the head of your bed or on a nightstand to help clean out any unwanted debris that may be keeping you from relaxing enough to get some sleep.
This is a calming and soothing stone that helps ease away stresses and anxieties which will allow you to relax and let sleep over take you.
Oils for Insomnia:
You can try making a blend of two or more oils to create a synergistic energy and making your blend more powerful. Always use a carrier or base oil if you are going to use directly on the body. 15 drops of oils to 1 oz. of a carrier oil. If you are using a diffuser, less is more to begin with. Generally speaking, essential oils are highly concentrated. 1 drop of peppermint oil for example is equivalent to 40 cups of peppermint tea.
Here’s a link to an article on carrier oils:
Sedative and relaxing. Nervine. Combines well with other oils to create a synergistic energy to help with sleep. Increases slow-wave sleep and encourages deep slumber.
sedative and relaxing properties. It is recommended for the treatment of insomnia, stress and nervous tension, so is a good choice to help you to relax and prepare for sleep. Reduces anxiety.
Sweet Marjoram, (Origanum marjorana):
calming and sedating action on the nervous system which helps to lower blood pressure, ease nervous tension and hyperactivity, and soothe loneliness, grief and rejection – all of which can exacerbate insomnia. Like lavender, combines together with the previous oils to produce a highly effective synergistic blend for insomnia.
Lifts mood but has a calming effect on the body. Helps to connect with the heart and process issues that are hanging onto the heart strings. Releases emotions that are stuck and allows us to relax. Allows for a sense of trust to return.
Mood stabilizing effects, calming. Promotes sweet dreams and restful sleep.
Stimulates and oxygenates the pineal gland which increases melatonin.
Benzoin ( Styrax Benzoin):
Sedative, warming, relaxing. Works on sleeplessness caused by worry, emotional exhaustion, and tension.
Stimulates pineal gland which releases melatonin.
Improves deep sleep, and overall speed in which people fall asleep.
Relaxing, soothing, nervous tension, and depression
Relaxing, sleeplessness caused by anxiety, depression, irritability, panic, shock,
Works similarly to Valerian, improves sleep and deepens it.
Uplifting, eases anxiety and depression
Relaxing, soothing, anti-depressant, sedative.
Eases fear, anxiety, and depression
Melissa / Lemon Balm:
Relaxing, uplifting, reduces blood pressure, nervous system
An old folk remedy is to put castor oil on the eyelids before going to sleep, it supposedly has calming effect and can allow you to relax.
Meditation for Insomnia:
Very often listening to a guided meditation with the intention to fall asleep to it can help keep your mind focused on the speaker but also begin to work to shift your brainwaves to a type that are more sleep aligned than when in your regular waking times. There are tons out there. Find some that resonate with you and see if they can help impact you for a more restful night.
Try using a focus on your breathing before going to sleep. Lie in bed in a comfortable position and begin slowly breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. With each breath let your body release tension and start to focus on breathing in to the count of four and out to the count of four. As you increase over time you can work your way up to breathing in counts of eight. This will increase your blood flow and circulation and help you to relax overall and be able to sleep well and deeply. It is alright if you fall asleep during the exercise. That’s the point, right. 😉
Alternatives for Insomnia:
- White noise: white noise is any noise that is non-specific that distracts the brain from the silence it hears when trying to sleep. Very often you can turn on a fan, or other humming sound to help assist you in drifting off. Now they even make white noise machines.
- Sound machines: I love my sound machine. I personally listen to the sounds of waves crashing. It both calms any anxiety for me as well as acts as a form of white noise. There are many other sounds to choose from including nature sounds like forest, or soft music, to campfire and heart beat. Maybe one of those sounds is the one for you.
- Soft radio: Listening to the radio at a lowest volume just where you can hear it but not quite make out the lyrics is a great trick I a pinch. If it’s any louder, your brain will start to process the language and actually keep you up rather than help you sleep.
- Stay away from bright lights 30-60 minutes before you want to go to bed.
- Avoid stimulants like caffeine things like coffee, soda and teas have large amounts of caffeine that stimulates the mind and body rather than relaxing them. Also on many people, other things like Alcohol and other substances also can interrupt sleep patterns.
- An orgasm is one of the greatest body relaxants around and will help you fall asleep quickly soon after an enjoyable release whether you are alone or with a partner.
- Limiting liquid intake before bed. Many people fall asleep, but then don’t stay asleep because they are getting up for various reasons. Limiting water intake an hour before bed can help reduce urination urges throughout the night.
So, this entire list is in no way complete, but are just a few ways you can try to relax and improve your quality of sleep. Try combining a few different techniques until you can find the right combination for you.
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