Insomnia Survival Guide | Three Ways To Encourage Natural Sleep

Those of you who follow me on twitter (@xameliax for reference!) will often see me lurking around there in the early hours of the morning unable to shut down my noggin. No amount of sheeps that needed counting were helping me nod off and i didn’t want to venture into the world of sleeping pills so i started experimenting by helping my body wind down naturally resulting in my perfect bedtime routine. I know i’m not the only one out there who struggles to sleep sometimes, so i thought i’d share with you my top three things to help you on your way to sleepy town!

Pillow Spray

I’ve been toying with the idea of a pillow spray for a while but haven’t bought one because the main branded sprays are pretty pricey if they don’t quite work out for you. So when the boyfriend surprised me with this Cotswold Lavender Slumber Spray after a particularly rough two weeks i was over the moon, and in awe of his thoughtfulness too! This stuff works wonders. It might just be psychological, but even if it is, i really don’t care. I have never had such a deep night’s sleep as i do when i use this. I honestly feel like i’ve had the best sleep of my life even if my work does keep me up past midnight and i don’t clock up a decent amount of hours, it just relaxes me like nothing else. At under £7 this is a no brainer if you’re prone to being sleep impaired sometimes, definitely give this a go.

A Calming Candle

In the run up to bed time i always burn one of my favourite candle scents Soft Blanket from Yankee Candle. Although not an aromatherapy smell, i just find the aroma so comforting and not too overwhelming for my senses which really helps me to wind down. Personally i think it’s important to burn a candle that won’t take over a room when you’re trying to nod off to help your body and mind gently calm and slow down ready for sleep. Soft blanket is the perfect scent for that as it conjures up memories of being cuddled under the duvet and helps settle my mind every time.

A Good Old Fashioned Cuppa

Most nights i get in quite late after kickboxing so i end up eating around 9pm which isn’t ideal. A hot cup of water really helps my digestive system settle down but i’ve found that adding a calming tea such as chamomile helps settle my mind too after an intense evening workout. I used to drink dusty little teabags of chamomile that i blindly picked up in Tescos and drank because i’d heard it was beneficial. But didn’t really feel the full effects of chamomile until i recently switched to loose leaves, or should i say flowers! A company called Adagio Teas sent me a gigantic parcel full of loose and temple tea a couple of weeks ago also containing possibly the greatest loose tea invention ever! Welcome to the IngenuiTEA a little plastic teapot with the most amazing mechanism for making your loose tea! I can’t even explain to you how cool this little teapot is, so take a look at there little video demonstration below…see you in a minute:

…yeah i know, amazing right?! And it really is that easy to use too, you can see me giving it a go in one of my Vlogs HERE around 9:45 – how cool is that?! No dripping, no mess, just tip the used leaves out when you’re done and give it a little wash; good as new. I can’t tell you how impressed i am with this piece of kit, it’s really made my night time tea regime so much better and guess what – it’s only £16! The taste and calming effects you get from a good quality loose chamomile is amazing, so much better than bags and i really do think it’s helped me crack my bad sleeping habits. Adagio also do these adorable Glass Jars* with rubber seals under the lid to keep your loose tea nice and fresh, brilliant stuff and i always, always drink it out of my favourite little fox mug (£10, John Lewis for those wondering) because although silly, it’s a real comfort for me and it just makes me rather happy!

So there you have it, my top three tips for drifting off into a peaceful night’s sleep! Nothing ground breaking i know but for me they work and they’re all purse friendly and totally natural. Tearing yourself away from work at night can sometimes be really difficult but if you can give yourself time to unwind (and keep a notebook and pencil by the side of your bed for those thoughts that just can’t wait until the morning) then sleep will come and trust me, everything will seem so much better after a good night’s sleep!

Got any tips to help you sleep? Tweet me @xameliax #InsomniaSurvival and i’ll retweet some of the best ones!