Most of us get less sleep than we should. Today I’m sharing an all natural sleep aid, ready in minutes, made with scraps, and that would be a great gift for a friend who needs to get more (and better) sleep.
I don’t get as much sleep as I could… Okay, so my husband is standing behind me saying, “That’s the world’s biggest understatement, Sarah.” For almost two years, I have had insomnia. It is brutal.
I’ve always been a light sleeper, not needing much to keep things going. My insomnia started when I wanted to get some ‘me time’ but only wanted to try and get it after everyone else’s needs were met. Sound familiar?
It started out just as a couple days a week of reading or crafting late into the night, telling myself that I would catch up later in the week. Oh, the lies we tell ourselves…
Getting up at 4 am after having only gone to bed at 2 is tough. Managing your life on such little sleep takes a toll on your mind and body, and adding the needs of a family on top really gave me a pounding. In my case, insomnia led to anxiety, which would give my insomnia a burst of energy. Other than the bags under my eyes, you wouldn’t have known I had it so bad if we’d just met. I would force through my day, jovial and full of smiles, but it would all catch up to me later that evening when everyone else was in bed, sleeping like babies.
My husband did his best – he would suggest taking some down time, giving me every opportunity to do so. Looking back, I can see his efforts and I can see my dismissal of them. It makes me remorseful now, seeing how he tried to make it better for me and I responded by constantly refusing his help. I’m glad I can see it now and I can thank him properly for his efforts, even though I didn’t take his advice back then.
Yes, honey, you were right. And my heart expands with more love for you for not saying, “I told you so.”
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Do All Natural Sleep Aid Products Work?
For the past few months, I have been tackling my insomnia naturally and am having excellent results. Today, I’m sharing a DIY version of an all natural sleep aid that kicked it all off for me. Lavender has long been known to be a relaxing, calming fragrance. But does it work? I decided to test it myself.
While my daughter was preparing for our morning walk (getting her jacket, rain boots, and hat), I made a lavender and flax sleep pillow from some fabric in my scrap stash. This entire project took 6 minutes! While Elise was going to the bathroom before our walk, I revised my design to make it better and made another one. The point?
This is a ridiculously easy and super-fast project!
Supplies for a Simple, All Natural Sleep Aid
- 2 scraps of fabric – My scraps were a patterned cotton and a solid piece of black satin, each 9 inches by 5 inches.
- 1/2 cup flax seed (or more, if not using lavender buds)
- 1/2 cup dried lavender
- optional: lavender essential oil – I found I didn’t need it, but it will depend on the strength of your lavender buds. If you don’t have buds, you can use the oil to scent the flax seed.
- coordinating thread, sewing machine (or needle and thread)
Instructions for the Sleep Pillow
To make your all natural sleep aid pillow, iron the fabric and line it up, right sides together. Sew a straight stitch along three sides (I used a 1/2 seam allowance). Snip the corners and trim the seam allowance to about a 1/4 of an inch.
Turn it right sides out, carefully push out the corners, and iron, if desired. Top stitch along three sides using your desired seam allowance – mine is about a quarter of an inch. I left open nearly an entire side (at left) for stuffing.
Stuff the pillow with your lavender and flax seeds and top stitch the open side closed, taking care to tuck in the edges. Trim all threads. You’re done with your all natural sleep aid pillow!
Ways to Use Your All Natural Sleep Aid Pillow
- Place it on your pillow just before bed and remove it when you lie down. The scent stays but is subtle enough not to be overpowering. This is my preferred method.
- Lay it over your eyes just before bed.
- Place the sleep pillow under your pillow or near your head while you nod off.
- As a gentle all natural sleep aid for children. Originally, I intended to gift the other sleep pillow I made from the floral Waverly fabric scraps, but it has since been commandeered by the 3 year old. She sleeps with it every night, just off to the side from her pillow. During the day, it is a hot potato game or a pillow for her babies, but she always makes sure it’s back in her bed for the night. As a child who hasn’t been a “good sleeper” since her baby days (below), this is just fine with us.
Why Not Pharmaceuticals and What Else Can Be Done?
Later this week, I’ll discuss why I chose to steer clear of pharmaceuticals. I’ll also share other steps I’ve taken and changes I’ve made to help ward off insomnia naturally. I can’t believe the difference in my skin, hair, mind, and energy levels and I’m still working towards my goal.
Before you go, would you mind pinning this to a health and wellness or gift ideas board on Pinterest? I just know that this simple DIY version of an all natural sleep aid could help someone else get a bit of sleep they desperately need, and would love your help getting the word out!
If you’re interested in some other beginner sewing projects, start with these:
A beginner sewing tutorial (with an easy, knit applique) for burp cloths for baby and new mom gifts.
An easy beginner sewing tutorial to make a simple drawstring bag.
Tutorial for a simple envelope style throw pillow cover.
Headphone sizer tutorial for any headphones that are too big for kids.
A quick star shaped bean bag toss game tutorial, great for holiday parties and backyard games.