I want to sleep!
IS INSOMNIA A PROBLEM?
“INSOMNIA” NOUN, habitual sleeplessness; inability to sleep.
So how do you sleep? Do you
Sleep soundly for 7 or 8 hours?
Get off ok, then wake up about 2am and lay there for hours watching the clock?
Lay there for hours then finally fall asleep about 4 in the morning?
Toss and turn, then wake up exhausted?
In reality most of us suffer at some time and consequently our day to day lives are harder because of it.
LET’S TICK OFF THE OBVIOUS
Caffeine! Not just coffee, but some teas, soft drinks, chocolate and definitely energy drinks.*
Video games – turn them off at least an hour before bedtime
Drinks – are you getting up during the night for the loo? Stop drinking a bit earlier.
Eating – some snacks can help but others like cheese might not.
Alcohol – can act as a stimulant. I wouldn’t recommend drinking so much it knocks you out!
We are all different so you need to find what suits you and what your body can deal with.
The problem with finding a remedy that works is that we need to look at the cause, because we are all different and there are many causes, here are just a few of the most common:
Some medications – check the information and talk to your GP
Looking after someone
Restless leg syndrome
To look into even just these causes properly would result in a very long blog so I’m going to make a few suggestions that may well help anyone of them. But bear in mind we are all different and so will respond to some solutions better than others.
Being an Aromatherapist and Flower Essence Practitioner I do believe in finding a natural solution wherever possible. So why not try:
Yoga – gentle stretching and slow breathing can do wonders
Meditation – there are many guided meditations available on discs or to download – loads free on U-tube. Regular practise can help a busy mind.
Make a list! If you lay there worrying about what you’ve got to do the next day, get it on paper. This is an amazingly easy technique that works well for many a stressful situation. I love lists!
Massage – many clients tell me they sleep better in the days following a massage. It also works well with many other therapies – Reflexology, Reiki & Acupuncture. Find one you enjoy, the benefits of a regular treatment goes far beyond a good nights’ sleep.
Essential Oils! Of course I’m going to mention these! But not just Lavender – which is a very effective oil, if you like it. There are many oils which can aid sleep depending on the issue stopping you. So if Lavender doesn’t do it for you then a chat to an Experienced Aromatherapist could be helpful. We use several different blends to help us sleep well at Chez Martin, they are extremely effective when used correctly.
Flower Essences! Either on their own or combined with Essential Oils you have a powerful remedy. Best talk to someone with experience and knowledge to make something just for you.
A quiet, bedtime routine, which can be from 15 to 60 minutes long. Simple but effective. Include:
A calming drink and a small snack (a slice of toast or banana are good)
Quiet time, no loud music or tv. Read, if you enjoy reading but steer clear of Face Book!
If you enjoy a bath or shower before bed then include it in your routine, add some calming essential oils, and make sure the water is warm, not too hot or cold.
I use my make-up cleansing routine as part of my bedtime ritual– my products (all Pearlaroma of course!) have gentle, calming fragrances that help me wind-down after a busy day.
This is such an enormous subject I feel it needs further exploration. If you’ve found something that works then do let me know.
Aromatherapist, Massage Therapist, Flower Essence Practitioner & Reiki Therapist
*source The Mayo Clinic