Ugh! I don’t know if there is anything worse than NOT being able to sleep! For real. Not getting enough sleep or not sleeping well pretty much sets the tone for my entire day! Last week when my Momma Jane was in the hospital, I didn’t get alot of sleep. In fact…she is STILL there as I write this post. (Hoping she will be home very soon!) The first night, we had to call 911 and she went by ambulance to the Emergency Room. By the time I got home, it was 2am and then I got awake around 6am although my alarm wasn’t supposed to go off until 630am to get my two girls up for school. I was pretty much in a fog the entire day when I went back to the hospital. Come on, you can’t survive on four hours of sleep. Well, at least I can’t. But not getting enough sleep and not sleeping well are two different issues.
Back when I had my morning radio show, we had to get up at 330-4am depending on the day and how cute I wanted to look at work. Ha! I am sure you can figure out the answer to that one if you know me! I now think of my two of my dearest friends Kristen and Taylor who have morning radio shows and have to keep that same early morning schedule. Ugh! When I filled in for my friend Kristen for a few mornings a few weeks ago, I was reminded what it was like to get little or no sleep. Good gravy. I forget how your body changes so dramatically. I ate differently, felt differently, handled my emotions differently. Mommy not getting enough sleep = CRABBY pants Mommy!
That’s why when I kept those hours. I would always try and go to bed early. But even if I got to bed early, I didn’t always fall right to sleep. When I used to have challenges with sleep I tried the typical stuff…Nyquil, Ambien, Melatonin…you name it. Over the counter, behind the counter…whatever, I just wanted to go to sleep. Once I got sick with Cancer six years though, I wanted to change the way I took care of my body. Ok, yes I still eat Taco Bell on occasion (don’t judge! lol) but I wanted to TRYYYY and be healthier. So now, I try and find ways to be healthy inside and out. I eat so much better. (Except for that occasional Taco Bell…ok and sometimes a cupcake!) I walk alot more. I pretty much only drink water and the occasional Decaf Skinny Vanilla Latte from Starbucks and maybe some champers (champagne) on occasion. I also do not use sleep “medicines” anymore.
Last year when I got attacked by chiggers out here in the country where we live. (More on ChiggerGate2015 HERE. HA!), I stumbled across Essential Oils. I had never heard of them before and a neighbor friend Eliza and I got to chatting about more natural healthy remedies because she was helping me with a solution for my itching from ChiggerGate2015 (Again, read all about it HERE) So while we were talking about ChiggerGate2015, I asked her if there is an Essential oil to help with sleep issues. She told me allll about an oil called Vetiver. THIS HAS CHANGED MY LIFE! No joke. Now, I mix Vetiver with a little fractionated coconut oil (I didn’t know what that was either) and put it in a rollerball thing that I bought off Amazon and voila! Now, I rub it on my feet after I get in bed, before I fall asleep. Sounds weird I know, but it works for me! She also recommended some other oils because every person is different. She told me I could diffuse Lavender and even diffuse the Vetiver so I also got a diffuser and now I diffuse those oils pretty much every night. I also splurged and got diffusers for the girls rooms and now I diffuse Lavender and other healthy oils that I am learning about. My husband doesn’t even know who I am anymore but he loves it because my healthy learning is helping him too and it’s helping our family. I believe so much in these Essential Oils, that I was even on the NEWS talking about sleep…or lack thereof. lol Seriously…watch!
I’m still a healthy work in progress and I’ve learned that sometimes I even have to take a break from the Vetiver and try another oil because with anything, I think your body gets used to it and it
sometimes maybe doesn’t seem as effective. That’s when I switch it up and try Lavender, Wild Orange, Cedarwood, Clary Sage or Frankincense which my friend Eliza also recommended to toss into the mix. There are all sorts of different oil combinations for sleep diffuser remedies. Look, if sleep medicines work for you, by all means, you gotta do what works for you, but if you are looking for a more natural way to try and get some shut eye…I am telling you, this Vetiver and many other Essential Oils have changed my life! Now I’m honk shoe-ing away! Get it honk shoe?! As in snoring. Ok, I’m done! 🙂
XO Surviving Mommy
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