As we go through this new national lockdown feelings of stress, anxiety and more can feel heightened. Not knowing what will happen in the future and not being able to connect with loved ones in the same way as before can have terrible effects on our mental health and wellbeing. And one of the most common areas that can be affected is our sleep.
From my own personal experience, not being able to switch off, tossing and turning all night, having leg twitches and feeling disorientated have all led to many sleepless nights. These sleepless nights have felt full of worry, despair and hopelessness.
Wondering when will I go to sleep? Why aren’t I tired yet? Is there something wrong with me? How will I be able to cope with my day tomorrow? And many more unhelpful thoughts spiralling around my mind.
For me, this is something I seem deal with periodically and it doesn’t happen every night but enough for me to take notice and look into with more detail. Before, out of desperation and lack of knowledge I would have reached for a sleeping pill or Night Nurse. However, these didn’t make me feel very good the next day and sometimes didn’t even work.
How do you deal with a sleepless night?
In my quest to learn more, I’ve been trying out different remedies and here’s what I’ve found have worked for me.
1/ Create a lovely sleeping environment that you look forward to
- Freshly laundered sheets
- Comfy PJs
- Low lamp lighting instead of the bright main light
2/ Essential Oils
- A diffuser with some relaxing essential oils – lavender, patchouli, bergamot, ylang ylang or rose are very lovely. Or if you’re able to find an essential oil mix created for relaxation or sleep even better.
- A pillow spray for better sleep.
- An oil roll-on for your pulse points – I use Tropic ‘So Sleepy’ roll on every night. It smells divine.
- Magnesium is a mineral that supports hundreds of chemical reactions in your body including energy creation, protein formation, nervous system regulation and muscle movement and relaxation (just to name a few). This can be found in food such as dark chocolate, avocados, nuts, beans, whole grains, bananas, leafy greens and fatty fish, such as salmon. It can also be taken as a supplement or as salts in a warm soothing bath before bed.
- CBD oil is proven to help your body deal with stress and anxiety. My favourite is Our Remedy CBD Oil, as it is from a local shop to me (in Essex), made by women for women and the contribute towards period poverty charity, Bloody Good Period with sustainable period products.
4/ Turn off the tech
Studies have found that looking at a screen before going to bed can disrupt the natural circadian rhythm that helps us to fall asleep naturally. It’s advised that turning off phones, the tv and your laptop an hour before bed will help your melatonin levels increase to help you feel more rested and ready for sleep. Instead try reading a book, gently stretching, taking a bath or meditating to help your body feel calm and soothed.
This is from my own experience. One night I woke up full alert after only an hour of sleep. My usual reaction was one of worry but on this occasion, I decided to choose the power of positive intention. I kept saying silently to myself, “I am sleepy”, “It’s ok, I know I will fall asleep”, “I feel calm”. And it really worked, slowing down my breath and allowing myself to say calming, comforting things to myself got me in a much better state than constantly worrying and feeling negative. What kind words could you use to help you feel comforted, safe and relaxed?
I hope this helps, if you have any questions, feedback or want to share a way that has helped you get to sleep I’d love to hear from you. Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org