There are some great sleeping tips and tricks from my readers that calm the mind, relax the body, and help you to overcome restlessness, stress and insomnia.
I have been struggling to sleep lately (which is very unlike me), and I recently shared this insomnia battle with my weekly newsletter subscribers. I was inundated with beautiful helpful tips and tricks for sleeping like a baby, and a few of them have already worked a charm!
For the past few weeks I was going to bed tired, laying there until all hours of the night, and then finding myself really tired the next day. I was using essential oils, going to bed at a reasonable time and opting for a book over the iPad, but to no avail.
Although I have worked out the root of my problem, thankfully. I had a scary day this week where I suddenly became very dizzy and nothing was working to stop the room spinning. I woke the next day with a horrible headache. I took time out to look after me and was told I had Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) , is a term used to describe a group of disorders that occur when there is compression, injury, or irritation of the nerves and/or blood vessels (arteries and veins) in the lower neck and upper chest area. This explains so many things and why I feel so restless lately. Stress is actually a big factor, this is my bodies way of saying I need to slow down.
I have had treatment for the TOS and together with some of these sleeping tips I’ve been sleeping well, so I thought I’d share them with The Organised Housewife community, just in case I am not the only person who sometimes struggles with insomnia.
Yoga Video – “Try finding some YouTube videos on Yoga before bedtime. You’ll find yourself floating to bed” Linda D
Do Something Boring
Products That Provide A Helping Hand
Relaxing Tea – “We have become addicted to Roogenics “Native Relaxation” tea in our home!! My shift working husband and 3 children included!!” – Erin J
You Can’t Have Enough Relaxing Tea – “A cup of relaxing herbal tea about half an hour to an hour before bed. Passionflower (planet organic or Hilde hemmes brands are great) is a very relaxing favourite tea of mine. It is more powerful than the very popular chamomile.” – Cathie
Cherry Juice – “My husband has this problem…he has such an active mind he just cant switch off. We have come across a product that is produced in in our province but I’m sure would be available elsewhere. It is pure Cherry Juice and he just has about 30ml neat and he’s off to sleep in no time. It is something to do with the tannins I think. Doesn’t make you sleepy as such, just helps to get to sleep and stay asleep. He only seems to have to do it for 3-4 nights in a row and the cycle is broken again for a while.” – Steph F
Tea & Aromatic Mist – “I drink Night Tea about an hour before bed, a lovely relaxing herbal tea, and spray my pillow with Bosisto’s Sleep Aroma Mist.” – Carolyn
SHOP: doTERRA Lavender Touch Essential Oil Blend 10ml – can be rolled on to temples or the back of the neck to instantly calm a busy mind. Suitable for both children and adults.
Twilight Spray – “I buy twilight spray from lush, I find that really helps me. I have a warm shower get into my PJ’s spray some on my pillow and some on me and off to sleep I go.” Nicole C
Therapy Blanket – “I often have trouble getting settled due to restless legs and Arthritis in both knees. I have bought a Therapy Blanket from H&S to try (although and expensive trial) and have found it to be successful for me. Hard to get used to the first night but I have found I sleep more soundly, don’t getup as often during the night, and legs don’t bother me as much. Although I do have pain med but blanket helps with this. I don’t get tangled up in the doona and find myself comfy.” – Bev B
There’s An App (Or Book) For That
Smiling Mind – “Recommendation from a Psych is to do the smiling mind app. There is one section on sleep. He finds it absolutely helps him. Hope it helps you. Sleep is so important for wellbeing.” Vicki T
Headspace – “Headspace have an amazing app that really assists me in getting to sleep. I lay and listen and breath and do everything he says. Truly makes a difference.” – Kerrie B
Headspace – “Install a Mindfulness Based meditation app and use it for 5-10 mins every day. Headspace is a good one.” – Sandy
Dr Libby Weaver – “You have a wonderful lady in Australia called Dr Libby Weaver…google her. She has some brilliant books as to WHY we get our lady selves into these problems and HOW to get out of them too” – Jill
Ambiance App – “Ambiance app has heaps of different sounds and instruments to choice from including white noise. You can chose three different sounds at a time as part of the basic app.” – Kerri M
Break A Sweat
Self Talk – “If I can’t get to sleep and am just lying there, I say to myself, it doesn’t matter if I don’t sleep, at least I am having a good rest!If I can’t get to sleep and am just lying there, I say to myself, it doesn’t matter if I don’t sleep, at least I am having a good rest! “- Beth F
Weight & Warmth – “If you have one of those wheat/rice type heat packs, heat it up and hold it on your chest. The weight and warmth can be comforting enough – sometimes!” – Gail G
The Beauty Of Breathing
Deep Breathing – “Try to stop thinking. If you can’t, talk to yourself and breathe in and out, and say – I am breathing in, I am breathing out – until you stop “thinking”. Deep Breathe – in to the count of five (or 3) hold for 5, out for 5.” – Gail G
Write It Out
Soft Music & A Late Bedtime – “When this happens to me the worst thing I can do is go to bed early. I lie awake unable to drop off. Instead I go to bed later and with my little radio plugged into my ear when I hit the pillow, soft music sends me to sleep. Next thing four or five days have gone and I haven’t noticed that I am back to sleeping as I normally did.” Les B
ABC Radio – “I have a small “walkman” radio that fits under my pillow. I use the ear phones not to disturb my better half and listen to the ABC (mostly) at a low level. If the monotone of voices does not put me to sleep, then I often pick up interesting topics of discussion. Most nights this works well but other nights the brain stays on constant alert. ” Samantha M
Habits To Halt
Exciting Novels – “Check what you are reading, I actually stopped reading because it made my brain excited when reading some topics or novels. Made me think things over and over again so I couldn’t sleep.” – Joanne C
Coffee After Midday – “Definitely give up the coffee pm. I stop with one coffee at lunchtime but mind you I am a caffeine addict in the mornings!” – Gail G
Late Dinners – “My husband and i have also been trialling small early dinners at night. This is on the back of studies which the body works harder to digest at night when you are asleep which can cause sleeping issues. so far we are both sleeping a lot better through the night and also have started to lose weight in the process.” – Joanne C