Sleepless in the Midwest

Oh, the elusive sleep!  It is indefinable and mysterious when we can’t get to sleep with our brains running like a dog chasing its tail for hours on end.

Last night I was so sleepy watching the news not wanting to doze because then I wouldn’t go to sleep when I did hit the bed.  Did I get right to sleep?  Heck no!


It was over 85-degrees yesterday the first time that warm this spring.  Too soon to turn on the air conditioner, so I kicked off the comforter, got up to pee at least 4 times all night long, and tossed and turned constantly thinking, Why am I not going to sleep?

When you’re wakeful, restless, and with a lively brain, some suggestions are to get out your essential oil diffuser and crank it up with your favorite 100% essential oil.

I cannot sleep in a room that is not pitch black.  I bought some black out curtains to hang over the white leveloir blinds, but haven’t had a chance to get them up because I must do the work of bringing the step ladder in from the garage through three rooms and wiping off its dusty garage feet first.  Then I need the drill for the rod bracket screws.

Instead, I found my sleep mask. I put that on and decided I wanted to hear the sound of nature’s waterfall so turned on the sound and white noise machine and fell to sleep peacefully.  I like to sleep when it’s raining outside; it lulls me to sleep instantly especially with a little thunder.  The sound units have thunder sounds too.

The next thing I knew it was morning and time for coffee.  I got up, made coffee, turned on CNN to see what the government is up to today, and proceeded to write this.

Other things you can do when sleepless is meditate on one word.  The thing that will usually put me to sleep quickly is listening for the silence where you let nothing enter your mind.

One thing I must invest in however is a new mattress.  I do have great down pillows and they are so comfy to fluff and scrunch my head against that I can almost forget about an expensive mattress for the king bed I have.

Other things I’ve done without turning on lights just using the night lights around the house and in the kitchen, is boil a cup of water in the microwave, take out a chamomile tea bag, add some honey, and take that back to bed sipping it in the semi-dark room.  That works too.

Did you know a sliced turkey breast sandwich will boost your serotonin levels putting you to sleep from the tryptophan in the bird?  It’s like a sleeping pill and that’s why I never eat it for lunch; I’d be napping all afternoon getting nothing done.

Now that I’m thinking of it, I haven’t told you the best essential oils for sleep.

My first choice is lavender.  The aroma alone will put you to sleep and breathing in the mist from a diffuser benefits sleep too.

The earthy fragrance of Vetiver helps my brain quiet down.  If it’s too heavy of a smell, try blending it with a lighter Roman chamomile or lavender.  That will knock your lights out for the night.

Roman chamomile again.  With the oil’s ability to sooth, calm, and relax with its slight pineapple floral smell, it is great for creating peace within to fall asleep.

Ylang-Ylang has a wholesome fruity fragrance that is calming to send you to dreamland.


I like woodsy smells and that’s why I walk in the woods—especially Morel mushroom hunting this time of year in the Midwest where they flourish if no one has beat you to them.  At $260 a pound, the choice mushroom is sometimes ripped from people’s hands leaving the woods and that scares me to go hunting alone now.  Here’s what they look like, and no other mushroom looks like these.  This is my skillet full sautéing in real butter to soften them after they’ve soaked all night in salt water in the fridge to remove lice and bugs to which I will add 6 eggs and scramble soft with a tad of cream.  Delicious!  I said all this to say, exercise is good for getting to sleep and after hiking in the woods all day during the Morel season, I sleep like one of those logs they grow near!

Back to woodsy—sandalwood does that woodsy thing for me.  It’s costlier than those mentioned here but you don’t need much to get through the night—you’ll be sleeping soon anyway.

Another woodsy fragrance is cedarwood that smells like cedar lumber sliced from trees!  It’s very calming and mixes well with floral oils that are lighter.  Try it tonight and get to sleep in quick time.

Other than a diffuser, you can apply essential oils with a carrier oil to the bottoms of your feet, your temples, neck, and wrists.  Almond oil or avocado are good oils for this purpose—or whatever you like best.

Some healthy habits are go to bed at the same time every night.  Take a warm bath with a few drops of essential oil added to the water.  Stay away from your computer, tablet, or other devices at least an hour before heading off to bed.

Don’t do what I do:  dream all night about articles I’ve written, everything I saw on the Internet and more brain overkill dealing with a computer all day.

It’s time to take the trash out and grab a bite.  I hope you all have a good night, sleep like a baby, and wake up refreshed raring to go.  Happy dreams!

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