Wired and Wide Awake? Try a Bath Soak to Sleep Better
If you can’t seem to wind down at night, soaking in sleep inducing bath salts can calm your mind and your body so you can fall asleep.
I’m the type of person who really has a hard time falling asleep. My mind is usually going in ten different directions at once. Good if I want to multi task. Bad if I want to fall asleep at a decent hour.
One of my favorite ways to settle my mind and body down is by soaking in bath salts that induce sleep. They do more than just smell great. It’s the aromatherapy from the essential oils and herbs, plus the sleep properties of the salts that makes soaking in bath salts one of the most natural ways to fall asleep naturally.
What Bath Salts Help Sleep?
There’s a few things to keep in mind when you’re shopping for sleep inducing bath salts. Look for soaks containing epsom salts, Himalayan or dead sea salts. They all contain magnesium and other minerals that your body must have enough of in order to start the sleep cycle.
Also, be sure the salts are made with organic herbs and pure essential oils that are best for sleep. Synthetic fragrances and artificial perfumes are just going to make you smell nice, not fall asleep. You need insomnia busting aromatherapy oils that are going to promote sleep and relaxation. Think lavender, ylang-ylang, bergamot, etc.
Now, I know choosing which bath salts that will promote sleep can be a bit daunting because you really do have to read the labels. To make it a little bit easier, I’ve put together a list of the ones I’ve personally used and like. And if you’re the DIY type, I’ve even included my own sleepy bath salts recipe at the bottom so you can make your own bath soak for sleep.
Asutra Ultimate Relaxation Soak: Definitely Sleepy Bath Salts!
You know when you have something you really like, and you hide it so nobody else will use it up? Yeah, that’s me with the Asutra relaxation soak. 🙂
Asutra Ultimate Relaxation is made with dead sea salts, which contain magnesium. Why is that important? Insomnia can be caused by a lack of magnesium in your body, and soaking it in through the skin is an effective way to get it into your system quickly.
In the essential oil department, it has organic lavender, cedarwood, chamomile, and marjoram, all sleepy time oils that will help you turn your brain off and relax tight muscles.
I usually take a bath about an hour before bed and soak for around 20 minutes. (or longer if I’m feeling lazy!)
Himalayan Sea Salt for Baths are Great for Sleep, Too
Himalayan pink salt can help you sleep by taking it in a sleep tonic before bed, or sleeping with a salt lamp in your bedroom. But there are many benefits to soaking in pink Himalayan bath salts, too.
Himalayan sea salt is chock full of minerals your body needs like calcium, copper, iodine, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc, but most importantly it’s a rich source of magnesium, which will promote sleep.
Soaking in plain Himalayan salt crystals is fine, but I think it works even better when it’s infused with essential oils that promote sleep and relaxation.
Soak in Epsom Salts Bath for Sleep, Really it Helps!
Soaking in Epsom salts may be one of the more old fashioned natural remedies for sleep, but it’s definitely effective. I’ve been using Epsom salts for sleep since I was a kid.
Momma used this stuff for everything. If I had a cut that wouldn’t heal, I’d have to soak in it. If I had sore muscles, I’d have to soak in it. But what she used it for most was putting it in my bath when I was hyper at night and wouldn’t settle down.
What’s funny is Epsom salts isn’t really a salt. It’s actually pure magnesium sulfate, which is why Epsom salts is one of the best sleep inducing bath salts to soak in. Again, it’s fine to use it plain, but you can add essential oils like lavender or bergamot for sleep benefits and fragrance.
Behold the Benefits of a Dead Sea Salt Bath!
Is a racing mind what keeps you awake at night? I have this problem when I have a late shift for work. My mind races a mile a minute, and even though I’m tired my brain just won’t slow down enough to let me sleep.
I’ve been working on how to shut my brain off before bed by creating a nightly ritual. The first thing I do is soak in dead sea bath salts for sleep prep. It gives me a chance to unwind, yeah, but soaking in dead sea salts have a benefit you wouldn’t expect.
Dead sea salts contain a lot of minerals, but specifically bromine. It’s not really a well known mineral, but bromine calms the nervous system and promotes relaxation. I definitely feel more calm and centered after my soak.
DIY Sleep Inducing Bath Salts Recipe
I could probably save a bunch of time just buying my bath salts outright, but sometimes I just like to go all Martha Stewart and make my own.
With only four ingredients, it’s a simple straightforward bath salts recipe. It makes a great gift to give to someone who can’t sleep or they’re just a sleep junkie. (who doesn’t love sleep??)
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 1/2 cup Pink Himalayan sea salt
- 5 drops lavender essential oil. (or one of these essential oils that’s good for sleep)
- Glass jar with a tight fitting lid
Add the salts to a plastic storage container, put the lid on it and shake well to mix the salts. Remove the lid and add the essential oil. Put the lid back on and shake to evenly distribute the oil. Store in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
Add 1/2 cup to your running bath, soak and relax!
Related Article: 6 Creative ways to use Lavender to Sleep Better
Any container with a tight fitting lid will work, but I recommend glass jars like these:
I’ve Made Soaking in Bath Salts a Nightly Ritual
We’re all creatures of habit, even when it comes to sleep. It’s important to establish a nightly ritual so your body knows it’s time to wind down and go to sleep.
There’s just something about the feeling of hot water, combined with the smells of essential oils that melts my energy and cares away.
The sleep properties of natural salts and oils make soaking in a tub one of the most pleasurable ways to conquer insomnia naturally.
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