“How do people go to sleep? I'm afraid I've lost the knack."
It’s not unusual to have difficulty sleeping - we all do now and again. There are definitely times when thoughts of work mixed with general worries and wonderings about life and what needs doing the next day, week, month, year can mix themselves up into an agonizing mix of anxiety and restlessness and a good nights sleep might suddenly be off the cards for a fair few nights in a row. If a pattern starts to emerge it can all too quickly start to affect you and your productivity as well as having an impact on those around you.
I was inspired to write this post as over the past few days with the set up of this blog and the social media flurry it has sent me into I’ve endured a couple of restless nights with the excitement and anticipation of it all! This led me to looking for some solutions to help me off into a decent nights slumber. Of course I don’t profess to know the answers to serious sleep disorders and related issues and I know that for some, sleep is a very serious issue. In this case it’s very important that help is sought from a professional. But for those who are simply finding themselves struggling with the odd night of disturbed dozing here’s a little snippet of some obliging bits and bobs that have been helping me to relax and drift off into the perfect catnap!
Yes it’s a classic option but if I have the time I will begin to wind down for the evening by indulging in a relaxing bubble bath with some calming music and maybe the odd candle burning gently away. It’s so easy to jump into the shower (its so quick and efficient!) so I have to really remind myself every now and then to take the time out to do this. I treated myself to the Kiehl’s Lavender foaming-relaxing bath with sea salts and aloe recently and this one’s a winner for me. Lightly scented, fresh and relaxing this really helps to soothe and calm and I find myself ready and willing for a deep sleep after using it. I will usually pair this with my Neom Tranquility Candle, a present from last year, which with scents of English Lavender, Sweet Basil and Jasmine is sure to add the finishing touch required to send me off to dream town!
Recently I purchased a pack of Pukka night time tea with organic oat flower, lavender and lime flower. I didn’t used to be one for herbal teas; it always seemed to me that they smelt nicer than they tasted! However lately I’ve been revisiting these herbal wonders in an effort to cut down on my caffeine intake and I have to say I do now find something really soothing and relaxing about them. This tea in particular is a good alternative in the evenings – the tastes of chamomile and lavender come through and help me to settle. I think it’s just a nice thing to have to put you into a more relaxed frame of mind.
Before laying my head down to attempt sleep I like to dab a little of the This Works Sleep Balm onto my wrists and temples and give my pillow a quick spritz with their Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. I’ve tried many lavender scented products but these ones stand out to me as the scent is very natural and doesn’t seem as manufactured as some others – these really do help in my quest for a decent snooze! I think they just remind my brain what it’s supposed to be doing!
Finally if all of the above fail miserably and restful slumber is not forthcoming sometimes it’s just a case of giving in, getting up, having a glass of water and facing up to some of the things that are troubling me. It’s very important at this point not to give in to the urge to check my phone, iPad or turn on the TV but I may very well turn to paper and pen and have a crack at getting my thoughts out on paper in an attempt to allay them until the morning. My new List Book (similar) comes in very handy for this – I love making lists, I don’t think I’m the only one. Any old scrap of paper and a pen will do – just be certain to stay well away from those gadgets!!
Do you have any useful tips or tricks for a good nights sleep?