I’m a fan of sleep.
And I’m really good at it.
I almost went pro in college.
While pregnant with my first child, people would always say, “Sleep now–you won’t sleep for a LONG time!”
You don’t know what they mean until you’re living it.
And we’ve been living it for about five years now.
It all started when our second child was born–he was not a sleeper.
There were nights I would stare at him and really wonder if he was part robot because seriously–how could a BABY not want to SLEEP?! Isn’t that just what they DO for the first three months?!
He is now our most energetic child (with a heart of gold!), and it takes him a long time to wind down for bed every night.
It’s not uncommon for him to STILL be up at 10:00 at night–and he got up at 6:00 that morning!
It was one day, during lunch, when I decided to diffuse some lavender in the hopes that it would help lunch to be calmer and quieter than it was the day before that I noticed something: we were all nodding off.
We could all barely keep our eyes open! I immediately threw some peppermint in the diffuser to wake us back up while I headed into the kitchen to whip up some “Sleepy Spray.”
(If we only had one room with children in it, I would just turn the diffuser on at night in the room with lavender in it. We have two rooms with kids in it, though, so this is not feasible at the moment.
I have a dream. I have a dream that one day I will own diffusers in EVERY room of the house.)
I grabbed a spray bottle and the lavender essential oil. After placing 20 drops of the lavender essential oil in the water, I gave the spray bottle a quick shake before whipping out my label maker.
Now to put it to the test!
That night, as we were putting the kids to bed, I announced that I would be spraying the “Sleepy Spray” in their rooms to help them sleep.
I sprayed it in the room, on pillows, and on stuffed animals that they sleep with.
The kids? Excited. Loved it.
(You could also call this “Good Dreams Spray!”)
That night, three of them were out immediately, and our 5 year-old was out at 8:30 p.m.–which is HUGE in this house. HUGE.
He now demands I spray HIM before bed.
But wait–there’s more!
When my Essential Rewards came this month, I had thrown a bottle of Cedarwood Essential Oil in the order.
I had been reading a lot of testimonies about how Cedarwood was helping people go to sleep quickly. Cedarwood is said to promote relaxation, balance, and increase mental focus while also regulating melatonin levels.
For $11.25 for a 15ml bottle since I’m a wholesale member, I decided to give it a shot!
I had read many a mom’s testimonies about how only one drop on the bottom of each big toe of their child helped them go to sleep quicker AND sleep through the night.
Take your socks off, kids! We’re DOING this!
Results? Our five year-old is out around 8:30 every night, sleeps through the night, and is waking up feeling rested.
Our 2 year-old, by the way, had started a fun game called “Let’s Wake Up Before the Sun Comes Up at 5:00 In the Morning!” and my husband I and I thought we were a bit too old for that game.
Cedarwood on his big toes before bed the last couple of nights seem to have helped him get back on his normal sleep schedule, and he’s waking up at 6:30 in the morning like normal.
What’s that? Does it just work for kids, you say?
Funny story! We just spent the weekend with my husband’s family. My brother-in-law was watching me oil the kids before bed, and we were discussing Cedarwood oil. I mentioned that it’s supposed to help induce sleep, and he grabbed the bottle and started dabbing it on his neck, behind the ears, and on his temples.
Twenty minutes later, he started yawning and said he was going to bed.
I held up the bottle of Cedarwood oil with a pointed look, and his eyes grew wide when he realized that the oil worked.
VICTORY IS MINE!
So, that’s our sleepy little story. Mom is happy. Kids are happy.
And they all lived sleepily ever after.
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