You’d think moms would be so tired at the end of the day, they’d just fall right to sleep as soon as their heads hit their pillows, wouldn’t you?
You also know that it’s not true because your mind’s so busy planning for the next day, the next week, worrying about something, etc, that you waste those precious hours staring at the ceiling, tossing and turning, and just wishing you could fall asleep already, before your kid comes in demanding cereal and entertainment.
One of the things I’ve found helpful is Badger Sleep Balm.
I’m not skeptical of aromatherapy in general, but I didn’t really think this would do too much to calm my chatterbox of a brain down at night and coax me into a restful sleep. It actually does, though.
You can apply it under your nose or lips, at your temples, or anywhere else you’d apply a normal perfume. I usually stick to putting it on my temples (I haven’t experienced any breakouts from it).
The scent is a mix of lavender, bergamot, ginger, rosemary, and balsam fir, which work together to quiet your mind. Once your mind has calmed down, the idea is that you’ll just fall asleep on your own.
I’m not a fan of sleeping pills, and even Tylenol PM makes me nervous because I’m afraid I won’t wake up if I actually am needed through the night. Badger Sleep Balm is the perfect solution for me because it’s only meant to help you quiet your mind so you can fall asleep; it does nothing to make you stay asleep and you won’t feel groggy the next day.
True insomniacs who have trouble staying asleep at night will probably want to look elsewhere (though at roughly $6 for the .75 oz tin, it still may be worth a try). I just tend to stay awake mentally juggling tasks before falling asleep, and this works like magic. Plus it just smells really good–it’s like curling up in a warm blanket fresh from the dryer with a book and a cup of herbal tea on a winter night.
Photo credit: Keep Calm and Relax