“The hours between 12am and 6am have a funny habit of making you feel like you’re either on top of the world or under it.” – Beau Taplin
I can’t remember the last time that I stumbled across a quote so relatable.
I would like to think that I have become something of an expert regarding the importance of a good night’s sleep, mainly because recently I haven’t been getting any.
Now, I believe that the best articles are born out of necessity so during another night at the wide awake club, I decided to conjure up a little list of the things that have helped me to (eventually) nod off.
We are all told to rest effectively but below are some tips to help you get through the night in the moments when you just can’t.
1. Herbal Tea
I swear by herbal teas, day or night. My go to brand is Pukka Herbs and they have a tea specifically designed to help aid sleep called “Night Time”. They describe it as “Peace in a teacup” and it genuinely is.
The great thing about this tea is that each little bag is naturally caffeine free, ethically sourced and contains organic oat flower, lavender & lime flower. Most importantly though, it’s lush mate.
2. Take a calming bath
“There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” – Sylvia Plath
3. Practice Mindfulness
On restless nights I often get worked up and frustrated about the fact that I cannot sleep, which in turn then makes my brain more active. However, putting my arms by my side with my palms facing upwards and focusing on my breathing never fails to stop these feelings spiralling out of control.
“Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation that was little known in the West until recently. A typical meditation consists of focusing your full attention on your breath as it flows in and out of your body. Focusing on each breath in this way allows you to observe your thoughts as they arise in your mind and, little by little, to let go of struggling with them.” – Professor Mark Williams
4. Mindfulness colouring
I purchased Johanna Basford’s “Secret Garden” a while ago now and I have found that it is a really nice calming activity to do when I am struggling to sleep. There are quite a few different mindfulness colouring books on the market at the moment so you will be spoilt for choice if you decide that this is an option that you may be wanting to try.
I have found that creating a soft warm atmosphere really helps me to relax when I can’t sleep and candles do just the trick.
I am obsessed with lavender at the minute. Whether it is in candles, essential oils, skin products or tea, you need to get it in your life if you struggle to sleep.
If you have this view of lavender being something mumsy you should dismiss it straight away. Lavender is a little gem for those of us who suffer with sleepless nights, its beaut.
7. Realise that you’re not the only one
When you are awake late at night it can often feel quite isolating so just remember that you’re not alone. Problems regarding sleep are relatively common so there will be someone, somewhere lying in bed staring at the ceiling just like you are.