Completely out of the blue, I recently went through a bout of sleepless nights. And I don’t mean tossing and turning for a couple hours, but the whole shebang: awake all night, counting sheep, trying to bore myself to sleep with philosophy books… Until I got so angry that I gave up on sleep as a concept.
Note: counting sheep does not work.
I think that the reason behind it all was stress, but I found a few things along the way that really helped me get back into the rhythm of regular sleeping. I found that a bedtime routine is the best trick, so here are a couple of my tips for getting ready for a good night’s sleep.
The first thing I do when getting ready for bed, particularly when I’m not feeling very tired is to make myself a hot cup of tea; either good old camomile or Clipper Snore & Peace. Particularly when it’s getting cold outside, I find this is the cosiest way to tell my brain that I’m winding down for the night. (tip: this Anthro mug is on sale right now!)
Yes, it’s an addiction. At this point I have about four candles that I alternate depending on my mood, and unsurprisingly, the one that works before bed is the This Works Deep Sleep Heavenly candle. This one has the perfect mix of camomile and lavender scents that help with the zoning out process.
Although not exactly relaxing, I’m currently reading a Peter James thriller. It’s a page turner and I look forward to reading it every night so it works for me, and I’m desperately trying not to watch TV in bed so I find thrillers do the trick.
Anther This Works product, the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray has become an absolute favourite. No idea how it works but I really do notice that it helps me fall asleep. It also has a slightly different scent to the candle so I often use them together.
Last resort: take a pill. Going to bed after a few restless nights is a horrible feeling, and sometimes the stress of desperately wanting to fall asleep can keep you awake itself. When I get into this kind of rut, I tend to take the herbal version of Nytol. It was recommended to me by a friend and although I’m sure the non-herbal one works better, those always make me a bit nervous so I try to stay away.
One last note: it’s not currently in my daily routine but if you’re struggling with sleep I could not recommend meditation enough. It can be unbelievably difficult to switch off from your thoughts, but forcing yourself to do it for short moments through mindfulness makes a really big difference. Check out the Headspace app for an easy intro into how to make it a routine.
Try these out and let me know if you have any more recommendations 🙂