About a month ago I really struggled to get a good nights sleep. I tossed and turned all night with thoughts racing through my mind like a Formula1 track. As a bit of a background I have never struggled with my sleep. I was that person that could lay their head down and fall asleep straight away. It’s not until I’ve been getting older and more life stresses have happened that my sleep has been affected.
Not being able to sleep is really horrible. It can really affect your mental health and your mood. It’s quite dangerous too, it can cause some really scary thoughts and ideas as you are lay awake during the early hours. I really feel for people who go through this constantly.
Thankfully from the steps I am going to share today I have been able to overcome the sleepless nights and have had good rest for a month or so now. [Praise the Lord!]
As soon as the sleepless nights started I knew I needed try a natural approach. So I headed to my local Lush store (when they were actually open) and purchased some of their sleepy balm. It is a game changer! I have used it before and it helped so much, but was a bit weary of trying again. Purely for the fact I didn’t want to rely on it to be able to sleep.
Thankfully, after using it for a week and putting into place the other points I’ll mention, it really helped. I now don’t use it at all and sleep soundly. There are so many other brands you can try. Essential oils are great for this too, lavender is one of the best oils to use when you are having trouble sleeping.
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NO ELECTRONICS BEFORE BED
Something that I am not proud to admit is that I used to be in a serious bedtime relationship with my phone. I used to sleep with it right next to me, and it would be the last thing I did before sleeping and the first thing I’d do when I woke up. Its really not healthy at all to be that addicted to your electronics.
I now have a rule and limit the amount of time spent on my phone to at least an hour before sleeping. This means moving my phone away from me and not touching it again until morning. Doing this alone has helped me so much in sleeping better. There is research out there that supports this, and it says you shouldn’t use any electronics at all before bed.
It takes 30 days to create a habit, and thats exactly what I have done. In order for me to get a good nights sleep, I made sure to create a routine for myself. I have my bath or shower around the same time every night and make sure that I am in bed and sleeping around the same time every night too. Our brains and bodies like routine, and doing this has helped me to get sleepy earlier.
When I first started I did have to train my body to do it. I had to sleep later and wake up earlier for me to be sleepy earlier the next night. I used to do this to make sure I was tired and would sleep on Christmas Eve! Eventually this method worked!
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A COMFY BED
This might sound obvious but a comfy bed is important for a good sleep. Is there any better feeling than having a lovely, comfy bed to get into everyday? I mean, I know it makes it harder to leave in the morning. But at least it gives us something to look forward to at the end of the day.
Invest in a good mattress and pillows to ensure you’re getting the maximum comfort when trying to sleep. I noticed when I was going through my bad sleep patch that my pillows and bed wasn’t as comfy as I’d like. So I’m currently looking into changing my mattress. I know they can be expensive, but once you have a good one it should last 10+ years!
Do you struggle to get a good nights sleep?
What things do you do, to help with that?
I am so thankful that I can write about this and its a stage in life thats passed. Not being able to sleep really can feel isolating. I had so many nights where I dreaded going to sleep. It wasn’t a good mindset to get into, and I am thankful I am not longer in it!