My All Time Sleep Essential

by Christiane Northrup, M.D.


There’s a little item that I can’t live without, that I always take with when I travel, and which I’ve become an expert on—an eye pillow! I’m always on the look out for good ones, because I have an unfortunate tendency to leave them in hotel rooms. The slight pressure on my eyes is very soothing. And the light-blocking quality of the eye pillow helps increase melatonin levels in the brain, which is very healthy for biorhythms, jet lag prevention, and an overall sense of well-being.

My favorite eye pillows are covered in silk. I like to feel the coolness of real silk against my skin. Sandwashed silk or silk charmeuse works well. The filling that works best for me is flax seeds. I also like the aromatherapy eye pillows, especially when scented with bergamot or lavender. I think that peppermint would also work well, but haven’t found one yet. And I think that rose aromatherapy would be heavenly!

Of course you can make your own easily enough. Just add some essential oil (if desired) to some flax seeds and fill a pillowcase made from a couple pieces of silk charmeuse. But sewing has never been my strong suit beyond my 8th grade home-ec class with Mrs. Poole when we had to make aprons. (And maybe potholders!) Either way, I believe we all deserve the simple pleasure of a good eye pillow to help us get a good rest!!

Last Updated: January 6, 2009

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit, she empowers women to trust their inner wisdom, their connection with Source, and their ability to truly flourish.


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  1. josephine firehock
    2 years ago

    I’m looking for the vendor you recommended for kapok pillows and pica pillow cases. Can you please send me this information?

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