Sleepytime Chocolates for Kids Insomnia

I never thought I would have to deal with a child with insomnia.

At some point, we all have those nights- you know, the ones where you have that horrible thought, “If I fell asleep RIGHT NOW, I’d only get about *insert hours here* of sleep!” You lay there for what seems like eternity, and your mind just cannot stop thinking. Every time you believe that you have pushed all the thoughts out of your head space, you realize that you just spent the past few minutes going through a to-do list or having a fictional conversation in your mind.

It’s a nightmare for anyone, especially if it’s your child.

I shouldn’t be too surprised that one of my girls finally started to experience the horrors of non-sleeping, since I myself went through the same thing as a child, and even as a teenager.

I would lay awake at night, obsessing over the mysteries of the universe or my anxiety about school; about the kids and the teachers and the long list of work that was to be expected of my young mind the next day. It was awful. As I grew older, the problems changed, but my sleep cycles suffered greatly.

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I figured since I homeschool that my kids wouldn’t have the same anxiety that I did, and so their nights would be much more comfortable. Enter the dreaded sleepover syndrome.

Sleepytime Men for Kids Insomnia!

I don’t know if that is an official term, but I’m going to pretend like it is for the sake of this blog.

Sleepover syndrome is when your child thinks they are fully capable of sleeping over at a friends house, only to have a complete meltdown when they are away from the nest. And then this experience leaks itself into your normal routine at home, causing every night to be a headache because your kid is afraid they won’t be able to fall asleep…ever, EVER again.

There are some things that we did that helped combat my child’s insomnia, such as long reassuring talks, meditations, and tea. However, I found that one of the best methods for helping my girl fall asleep comfortably (and stay asleep) was making these sleepy-time chocolates.

By having an herbal chocolate after dinner, sometimes followed by a warm cup of tea, my baby was able to calm down enough to allow her mind to rest. I have seen a significant improvement after using this natural remedy to help ease anxiety and bring on feelings of relaxation.

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By using these sleepy-time chocolates as one of our insomnia tools, it has helped not only my daughter, but the rest of the family too! So if you’re an adult with insomnia or sleep issues, by all means, TRY THESE as soon as possible.

sleepytime chocolate men for kids insomnia

I make these chocolates about once a week, and because we have five people in our family, they only last a few days. However, part of being a home herbalist is understanding that if you take an herb on a regular basis, it actually starts to change the way your body functions. And so, by introducing MORE relaxing herbs into my daughters routine, even if only a few nights a week, it helps her body learn how to relax during bedtime. 

These chocolates contain two very important herbs to help the body chill out:

Lavender: Probably the most well-known herb to induce a state of calmness, lavender helps mellow you out, plus gives the chocolates a yummy floral taste.

Passionflower: Used as a sedative, passionflower will cause your body to relax, making it easier for you to fall asleep and stay asleep.

If you want to add more herbs to your chocolates, try chamomile, lemon balm, or valerian. All of these are child-safe, however, I would start off with one or two at a time to make sure your child reacts well to them. On occasion, I will add chamomile to these, and it always works beautifully.

Now, you may be wondering about the chocolate preventing sleep? For us, I have NEVER had this happen, and we’ve made these multiple times. There is no added sugar, so the amount the child gets is very limited. If you are worried about how much sugar your child is having, please make sure they are not drinking juice, soda, or caffeinated teas before bed. All of this will make it harder for their body to calm down.

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My children drink only water or herbal tea throughout the day, so we don’t have to worry about cutting them off at a certain point. And as for the chocolate? It is a nice, small treat after dinner to help ease cravings for other treats that would contain more sugar.

PLUS, chocolate is a known mood-enhancer and actually increases serotonin in the brain, so it’s a win-win!

Another cool thing about this recipe is that you can use whatever candy mold you want. Our personal favorite is using the gingerbread men mold, which has earned the name “Sleepy-Time Men” in our household.

sleepytime men mold

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you may realize that this method is similar to my fondue I posted recently- that was the spark that led to this much-needed remedy, but with the addition of passionflower for sleep. The point I would like to make is that natural remedies are often very simple and very versatile- by tweaking it a little bit you can come up with a million and one ways to treat a number of ailments!

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After writing this blog, I realized that I actually have a lot to say about sleep and children, so stay tuned for more on this subject! Until then, enjoy these deliciously simple sleepy-time chocolates!

Sleepy-time Chocolates For Kids Insomnia

To get the BEST, high-quality lavender and passionflower for this recipe, please check out Mountain Rose Herbs.

Ingredients/Materials:

Directions:

  1. Using the double boiler method, melt coconut oil over medium heat.
  2. Add lavender and infuse for one hour. You will start to smell a strong lavender aroma at the end of your cook time.
  3. Remove from heat. Line your large measuring cup with your cheesecloth, and pour in your coconut/lavender mixture. Strain, pushing down on the cheesecloth with your fingers. Remember, this is HOT, so be careful. You may have to let it cool for a moment before proceeding.
  4. Once finished, pour your coconut oil back in your pot. Add chocolate chips and passionflower powder. Continue with the double boiler method for a few minutes, until chocolate is melted and passionflower is dissolved.
  5. Remove from heat and pour back into your measuring cup. This makes it WAY easier to pour into your mold.
  6. Place your mold on a baking sheet for easy transfer to the freezer. Pour melted chocolate into the mold, filling each cavity to the top.
  7. Transfer the tray CAREFULLY to the freezer. Freeze for 20-30 minutes, or until hard. Store in freezer.

Dosage: For a child, take one after dinner. For an adult, take 1-2.

sleepytime chocolate process

Sleepy-time Chocolates for Kids Insomnia
Serves 24
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 C unrefined organic coconut oil
  2. 2 Tbsp fresh lavender
  3. 1 bag (10 oz) Enjoy Life vegan chocolate chips
  4. 2 tsp powdered passionflower
  5. Candy mold of choice (check out our "Sleepy-time Men" above!)
  6. Large measuring cup (at least a 2 cup size)
  7. Cheesecloth
Instructions
  1. Using the double boiler method, melt coconut oil over medium heat.
  2. Add lavender and infuse for one hour. You will start to smell a strong lavender aroma at the end of your cook time.
  3. Remove from heat. Line your large measuring cup with your cheesecloth, and pour in your coconut/lavender mixture. Strain, pushing down on the cheesecloth with your fingers. Remember, this is HOT, so be careful. You may have to let it cool for a moment before proceeding.
  4. Once finished, pour your coconut oil back in your pot. Add chocolate chips and passionflower powder. Continue with the double boiler method for a few minutes, until chocolate is melted and passionflower is dissolved.
  5. Remove from heat and pour back into your measuring cup. This makes it WAY easier to pour into your mold.
  6. Place your mold on a baking sheet for easy transfer to the freezer. Pour melted chocolate into the mold, filling each cavity to the top.
  7. Transfer the tray CAREFULLY to the freezer. Freeze for 20-30 minutes, or until hard. Store in freezer.
Notes
  1. Dosage: For a child, take one after dinner. For an adult, take 1-2.
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 Oh, and did I mention you can lick the pot and measuring cup afterwards??? Yeah, GO NUTS.

What do you do to help your child go to sleep? Share in the comments below!

randi

sleepy men chocolates for kids insomnia

 This post was shared on Healthy Vegan Fridays and I Am Pinnable.

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13 comments

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Luckily both my girls sleep well and don’t have insomnia, but these are so so cute and must be so yummy so I want to make them anyways!!!

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You don’t have to have insomnia to enjoy these, but you could always make a batch “just in case” lol. Thanks so much for stopping by- I hope you get to try them sometime!

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Wow these sound amazing and I have suffered with insomnia as an adult and a child and my daughter suffers now – I want to make these badly – off to do some shopping 🙂 And thanks as always for stopping by I am pinnable you know I love to see you Randi

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Yes of course!! I try to make sure I stop by on Wed, even though those days are usually crazy for me lol. I hope you are able to make these, they are a game changer!! Sending hugs!

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This is an amazing idea! You’re such a good mom. 🙂 And I love how you used little gingerbread guys for the molds, they look so happy.
My mind always racing at night so I need to try these out. Where do you get your passion flower powder?

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Aw thanks!! Yes passionflower is SO helpful for bedtime, even for me!! I got this round of passionflower powder through Mountain Rose Herbs, but you can also purchase through Starwest Botanicals. I’d love to hear how it turns out!

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Um wow. You are AMAZING. I started getting insomnia right around my tween/teen years… and don’t get me wrong, I love my mom, she’s pretty awesome and she did the best she could, but she thought it was a good idea to give me gravol (anti-nausea meds) to help me fall asleep when herbal tea didn’t work. Yuck. I know you say these are for kids, but I’m totally going to try them the next time I get a bout of insomnia, which fortunately isn’t often anymore.
I love the super cute shapes too. Where do you find fresh lavender? I think I’ve only ever seen dried.
Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with us at Healthy Vegan Fridays! I’m pinning & sharing. I hope you’re having a great weekend Randi!

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Dude these are totally for ERRRYBODY, so go nuts!! I use dried lavender in this recipe, so you can pick up some at the store or even just use tea bags of your favorite bedtime tea for infusing:)

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P.S. I realized I had fresh lavender listed and I have no idea why I listed that instead of dried LOL, must have been super relaxed at the time- it is updated now, thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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