In the fast paced, nonstop world we live in, sleep can become our last priority. Whether it’s down to a late-night socializing with friends, or just wanting to finish one more episode of our favorite new show, our sleeping pattern is the first thing to take the hit when we find something ‘better’ to do.
But today we’re going to focus on how you can gift your body the rest it deserves.
Why can’t I sleep?
There are a whole number of reasons why you might not be able to get to sleep. For a start, it’s more than likely you’re stressed or anxious about something. If you’ve got a stressful day at work coming up, it’s totally natural to feel a little restless. But when this odd bad night becomes an everyday occasion, you could be suffering from insomnia.
A vicious circle
How much sleep we get impacts everything else we do. But then those things impact how much sleep we get too…it’s a vicious circle.
When we’re tired, things feel harder, which means that the fast food chain calls your name just a little bit louder. Or a double espresso at 3pm sounds way more delicious than it usually does. Our mood is lower, our ability to cope with stress gets worse, and overall, all of this leads to yet another restless night.
How to get a good night’s sleep
So what can be done? Well, although we don’t have all the answers, we can recommend a variety of ideas to try and help. If that’s the case, it might be time to consult your GP.
If you’re a lover of essential oils and essences, a little lavender on your pillow may do just the trick. Alternatively, adding a few drops to your bath has been found to relieve anxiety and work as a sedative for some people.
Coffee, tea, and fizzy drinks with caffeine can all seriously impact your sleeping pattern. Those that struggle with sleep, in general, should avoid caffeine after midday.
Camomile tea is a great alternative for an evening. And, although little research has been done, some recommend adding a few drops of CBD oil to your tea to get a little dreamy boost. CBD affects everyone differently but is becoming increasingly popular for those struggling with pain or insomnia.
CBD is different from the THC vape juice you’re probably familiar with. It has no psychoactive side effects and isn’t addictive. If a friend or relative has some you can borrow, why not see if a little CBD Camomile mix sends you off to sleep?
A weighted blanket
Weight blankets are designed to increase the happy hormones in your body and relieve anxiety. Plus, they’re super snuggly, so great for sinking into dreamland.
What happened to reading before bed? Scrolling through your blue backlit phone can keep you awake much longer than you’d like. Turn off your TV and devices at least an hour before bed to give your eyes some rest.
To give yourself the best chance of a good night’s sleep, you need to work on creating a more positive routine. By switching off, giving yourself time to relax, and boosting your chances with a warm (caffeine-free) cuppa before bed, you could find yourself hitting the hay earlier than ever before.