13 Things to Try When You’re Having Trouble Sleeping

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I love my sleep. And I do not do well when I don’t get enough of it. Of course there are times in life when there’s no way around the fact that you won’t be getting enough sleep–like when you have a newborn. But for me, nothing is more frustrating than lying in bed watching the minutes tick by and not being able to sleep. Here are some things to try if you’re having trouble sleeping.

From the Kitchen:

1. Avoid caffeine for 4-6 hours before bedtime. Try an herbal tea instead. Chamomile is a great pre-bedtime option. Or try this recipe for Sleep EZ Tea.

2. You can also add a spoonful of Sleepy Time Honey to your tea before bed.

3. Or, if tea is not your thing, add a spoonful of honey, a splash of vanilla, and a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg to some warm milk and drink shortly before bedtime.

Treat Yourself:

sleepy time bath salts

4. These Sleepy Time Bath Salts use epsom salt and lavender and not only help you get a better night’s sleep but are also immune boosting as well. These would also be great to throw in the kid’s bath before bed as well to help them calm down and get a better night’s rest.

5. Try an herbal steam right before bed to relax. Here’s how: Fill a steaming bowl of water or the sink with herbs that promote relaxation, such as chamomile and lavender. Lean your face over the bowl and cover your head with a towel. Breathe in the herbs and steam, making sure not to get your face too close to the hot water.

6. If you don’t have time for a bath or herbal steam, make your own linen spray and spritz your pillows and sheets before bed. Try this relaxing lavender and chamomile linen spray.

7. Diffuse lavender for 20-30 minutes before heading to bed.

8. If you can talk someone into it, a massage using this herb infused bed time massage oil would also be amazing right before bedtime!

Smart Practices:

9. Shut off the screens well before bedtime (I’m guilty of not doing this!) Try reading a book instead of watching TV, looking through Instagram, or surfing the Internet. Need a book suggestion?

10. Brain Dump: If you have a lot on your mind it can be hard to sleep with all the to-dos and ideas spinning around in your head. Try doing a brain dump right before bed (or if you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep) by writing down all the things you’re thinking of. It will clear your head and help you get to sleep.

11. Stretch before bed. Try these bedtime stretches.

For the Kids:


12. If it’s the kids that are having trouble getting to sleep at night, try these Healthy Gummies for Cold, Flu, & Sleep. They contain tart cherry juice and gelatin, which have both been shown to help with sleep. I’ve been known to help myself to some of these as well!

13. Magnesium is needed for restful sleep and many of us do not get the amount we need. My favorite way to get more magnesium is by using a little Magnesium Lotion each night before bed. I’ve used this on my kids as well when they’re having trouble sleeping at night.

What do you do when you’re having trouble sleeping?


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  1. What a great list. Thank you for sharing the bath salts too :).

  2. Bookmarking this list. Seriously, it's that helpful. My biggest thing I do nightly is a brain dump, even if it's just listing everything off in my head once, so I know I've got it straight. This other ideas sound really great to try though.

    Stopping by from #SITSblogging!

  3. Everyone knows that sleeping is very important. I've missed passing the problem. I have followed some tips after that relief sleeping disorder. I have to share my experience. Follow some tips-

    Early morning eat one teaspoon honey with almond, after that drink milk. It is very effective for your health & your sleeping disorder.

  4. Very useful tips.. Especially the one for kids… Insomnia is a big problem in the lives of many people and they definitely have a hard time going to sleep… Guess some of the tip can be very useful for people suffering from severe insomnia symptoms and use of these tips with some alternate therapies can produce magical results…


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