Sleep can be hard in winter. So many factors – lack of vitamin D and sunlight, harsh temperatures with wind, stress from cabin fever and prepping for taxes to name a few. Depending on where you live, access to outdoor farmer’s markets and many trails or outdoor destinations to nourish our minds and bodies may be limited.
The math here looks to have a pattern…more discomfort means less quality sleep. Less quality sleep leads to more discomfort.
A few holistic home remedies have truly helped with calming the nervous system to get better rest have become a nightly ritual for me.
- Soak – find a restorative bath salt mix with balsam fir or ho wood. These earthy aromatics will ground you from a busy day. Nell’s remedies Champion Soak is a gem.
- Self Massage – gently rub the bottoms of the feet before bedtime. There are so many nerve ending in the feet, this activates the parasympathetic nervous system to provide a calming feeling all over the body.
- Soothing Tea – brew a chamomile or lemon balm mix to sip while you read or unwind.
- Lavender Oil – rub a few drops in the palms then fluff your pillows for soothing aromatherapy.
There is nothing like a nurturing evening and good night’s rest to break out of the winter blues. The common theme seems to be ground, ground, ground before turning in for the night. Bringing airy Vata energy back to earth to recycle after thinking and planning and performing tasks all day. Get ready to take on a new day in the morning with a perspective that feels solid in your shoes.