I recently attended an event with Bed, Bath & Beyond, as well as many other influencers and editors, that was focused on what type of sleeper you were. They had a sleep doctor on hand that taught us amazing and valuable information as well as give us a test to identify which type of sleeper we were. Without much surprise and with flying colors, I was the the OVER THINKER. Which meant that I had trouble getting to sleep at night because I was consistently over thinking. Over thinking my relationships, my past mistakes, my future, my to-do lists, the list goes on.
Luckily this didn’t come too much surprise, as I have known about this struggle since turning 22 and moving to New York. I have tried small things to make it better, but truthfully nothing seemed to stick. I finally found a routine workout schedule that worked the most wonders for me! However if there were evenings that I couldn’t make it to a class, I was traveling or didn’t have a moment for the gym, I turned to these 6 products and steps to achieve my best quality sleep!
1: Weighted Blanket – This was recommended to me by the Bed, Bath & Beyond team as it significantly helped with anxiety. I have a few friends that swear by it, but once I had a doctor’s opinion I decided to give it a go! I personally have the 16lb/cooling blanket that is linked above and LOVE it. I do not sleep with it every night, but if there are nights where my chest feels heavy or I am having more anxiety than usual, it really comes to the rescue!
2: Weighted Eye Mask – This was another sleep doctor recommended product and one that I now use every night! I personally have the 0.5lb mask and love the weight/texture that this particular one brings. It also has an adjustable velcro strap so it fits just right and doesn’t fall off in the middle of the night. Also a GREAT gifting idea this holiday season.
3: Kava Stress Relief Tea – If you follow us on stories, then you know that we recently polled our audience on their use of Kava. The first time I had this plant was in Oakland a few weekends ago and now it seems to be sweeping the wellness nation! Kava is great when digested in small doses and can do wonders for stress and anxiety. A follower recommended this particular tea that is sold in Target stores as well as Amazon and I ran to my nearest location to pick it up. I have been using it for the past few nights and have really enjoyed it. Tea is also an incredible substitute to coffee. As many of you know I quit drinking coffee about three years ago and I highly recommend making the switch! Especially if you feel that your coffee/caffeine intake is effecting your quality of sleep.
4: Lavender Essential Oil Roller – This is one of my favorite things to roll onto my wrists before falling asleep at night. The lavender scent is extremely calming and with the mix of the weighted eye mask, you are able to calm two of your five senses! If you are looking to get some sort of essential oil I highly recommend one that is a roller. It makes it way easier to put on, and not overuse!
5: Glow Habit Sleep Well Supplements – People tend to have their thoughts on melatonin. In the past I was someone against it, as I never wanted to feel like I relied on something in order to fall asleep. However according to the sleep doctor we spoke with at the event, 5mg is a safe amount to take! Which is why I cannot recommend Glow Habits Sleep Supplements more (linked above). They stay within the 5mg range and provide additional vitamins other than just melatonin. These have come in great handy not only before bed but also on long flights or red eyes where I need to get sleep.
6: Feals CBD Oil – Lastly, I wanted to cover CBD! 2019 has been the year of CBD experimentation and to be honest I can’t get enough of it. I have tried many different forms of CBD but tend to gravitate towards the oils most. Not only because the oils can be digested but also can be placed on the skin. I find myself using the Feals brand most often on my chest when it feels heavy due to stress or anxiety. This is of course is not what it is intended for lol (it is intended to be digested) but I find a lot of relief from it!
Overall I hope this is helpful to anyone dealing with “overthinking” before bed. These small changes have greatly impacted my quality of sleep and hope they can help you if you’re in a similar situation!