Insomnia is no joke. We joke about it, especially those who have struggled with it, because it can feel lighter and softer to just laugh at our struggles.
But the truth is it can be a debilitating illness that leads to even more debilitating illnesses.
If you struggle with insomnia, it is time to employ a full arsenal of strategies to restore healthy sleep habits and get yourself back to a full 8 hours of beauty and wellness sleep every single night.
Everything from exercise and diet to meditation and crystals for insomnia can help. When it comes to any health and wellness issue, it is critical to put all the building blocks into place and try them all, emphasizing the parts that work best for you and eliminating those that don’t.
Remember: there is no magic pill for anything. Your health is up to you, it is your hands, and, if you identify as witch or a deeply spiritual person, or both, you know how powerful that is. It’s all in your hands.
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Insomnia, for those who don’t know, is a sleep disorder wherein a person has trouble falling or staying asleep.
Insomnia can be caused by stress, an irregular sleeping schedule, poor sleeping habits, mental disorders like anxiety or depression, poor nutrition, lack of movement, imbalance with circadian rhythms, chronic pain, and a whole range of health problems.
To tackle insomnia for good, you will have to be willing to take a good hard look at your total wellness situation.
Insomnia, in the end, can not only make you severely ill, but it can also kill you.
Effects of Insomnia
From poor sleep alone, you increase your chances of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, heart attack, depression, and stroke.
It’s a vicious cycle, right? You get depressed, so you can’t sleep. Then you can’t sleep, so you get more depressed.
One thing that always helps me when I am managing a health crisis, for myself or someone else, is to remember that it takes a really long time for these deleterious health outcomes to come to fruition.
It takes years of poor sleep, poor diet, abuse of toxins, and lack of movement to show up in your body in ways that can negatively impact you.
A single night of insomnia will not hurt you.
Many nights of insomnia will not hurt you.
What you want to avoid is creating a lifetime habit of simply accepting that you are an insomniac, nothing can be done for it, and you’re likely to die of heart attack or stroke.
Your health is in your hands.
As Tony Robbins says in his latest book Life Force, “you are the CEO of your own health.”
No one cares about your health the way you do. No one is an expert on your body and your condition the way you are.
So let’s get you in top CEO form today.
Approaches to Heal Insomnia
One of the most powerful approaches to healing insomnia you can take today is to get outside into the sunshine and fresh air every single day.
You need to reset your circadian rhythms so that your body moves with the earth, the sun, and the moon.
Remember, we’re all made of star stuff. Your entire makeup is an amalgamation of the same stuff the plane is made of. And the sun and moon are integral parts of the planet. Get into alignment.
Get into a habit of waking with the sun and going to sleep early. As you reset your circadian rhythms, you can also pay attention to your dopamine levels. Dopamine is what makes you happy, positive, joyful, and energizes. ,
Have you ever notice how much happier you feel in the sun than on a cold, rainy day? That’s the vitamin D you get naturally from the sun, which triggers your brains dopamine.
You want lots of dopamine during the day, naturally of course, so it wears down at night and let’s your brain produce melatonin, which is responsible for drowsiness and good sleep.
What can you do to control all of that naturally?
Regular, vigorous exercise has been linked to a tremendous number of health benefits, not least of all better sleep. It makes sense, right?
Go for a 4 mile run, and you’re gonna be super tired at the end of the day. If you’re out of shape, go for a 4 mile walk.
If you’re super out of shape, go for a 4 minute walk. Heck, walk to the end of the driveway. You will, over time, get yourself to the point where you can get regular, vigorous exercise most days of the week.
The nice thing is, you will feel the health benefits almost immediately from just stepping up your exercise from where it is today.
Get Vitamin D
Exercise outside if you can. Vitamin D from the sun will boost dopamine and regulate your circadian rhythms. It will tell your brain that the light outside means day, which will help your brain figure out that nighttime, dark time, means sleep.
Have a healthy sleep routine. Go to bed at about the same time each night (give or take an hour) and rise at the same time each day. Your body loves routine for total wellness. Remember that you are the boss of your mind and body. You tell them what to do, not vice versa.
Again, if you are also working on your circadian rhythms, you should be aiming for as close to a 10 to 6 sleep schedule as possible. This schedule has been shown to provide the most restorative and restful sleep.
Mental Health Awareness and Therapy
Depression, anxiety, and a whole range of mental health issues can damage sleep patterns and cause insomnia.
Get help today.
Integrate practices like yoga, meditation, journaling, and reaching out to friends to improve your mental health, clarity of mind, and overall spirituality.
If you are suffering from a severe mental illness, get therapy, counseling, and see a physician for help. There is no shame in getting help when you need it, and you might need a team of people supporting you in your journey.
Check Your Plate
A ton of dietary issues can cause insomnia. If you eat a giant cheeseburger and french fries at 9PM, you’re not gonna feel like sleeping.
Watch what you’re eating.
Focus on getting lots of plants and lean proteins into your diet. Cut sugar and alcohol down as much as you can manage.
And stop eating at least 2 hours before you get into bed. Give your body a break, and your mind (the thing that regulates sleep) will thank you.
Consider supplementing with melatonin, an all natural supplement that can help trigger your naturally occurring melatonin in your brain to do its job.
Start small. You can find it in as little as 1.5 milligrams per serving, and that should be more than enough to get you started.
Cut Screen Time
The light and UV rays from screens, your phone, your computer, or your television, wire your brain to be awake and alert. Then, if you try to sleep, your brain will fight you. Even you you fall asleep, you may not get restful sleep.
Turn off all screens at least one hour before bedtime, and do not sleep with your phone on. At the very least, put it on airplane mode so it doesn’t trigger you to be constantly checking it.
It really does take an all over approach to get your sleep house in order.
Crystals for Insomnia
From the spiritual and energetic level, make sure you meditate every morning, focus on gratitude, and keep your crystals with you.
Clear quartz is my favorite for clearing out your head at night. Find clarity on any issues you are struggling with, and give yourself a break from all that is clouding your brain.
Calming you with moon energy, this stone can help relieve and anxiety that you’ve been carrying with you throughout the day.
- Smoky Quartz
Warm and grounding, this stone will help you get into that melty, soft, soothing headspace you want to occupy right before you drift into dream land.
Amethyst is a healing crystal, so whatever you are working on in wellness, this stone will support you and guide you through that process, leading to better sleep.
The love stone will remind you to love yourself, care for yourself, and embrace whatever process you are going through. It will relax you into trusting that “this too shall pass.”
Keep in mind that crystals are supporters of whatever healing and long term wellness process you are working on. They are not magic pills, and they will not work alone.
You need to set up the foundation for total wellness in your life, and draw on the energy of the crystals, energy you yourself have inside, to boost you up and remind you of just how powerful you are.
Keep a sleep altar with your favorite crystals by your bed as that perfectly soothing and loving reminder.