We’ve all been there, lying awake thinking of a million things or
nothing at all. Practising deep breathing or meditating only to be left
wide awake thinking about how none of it works! You are not alone. My
dad lies awake most nights listening to his radio, while my Mum sleeps
soundly. People say I am a lot like my dad in many ways but not
sleeping, is not a ‘like’ I want to share…
I am guilty of drinking Black tea
before bed, I like it, I obviously love tea & it makes me happy but
it has been keeping me awake, making me grumpy & it must stop…
Many factors come into play here, stress, a snoring husband, annoying street light, the chilly Winter weather, a sneaky chocolate binge, a kid standing an inch from my sleeping face to see if I’m awake…. these things that I can’t control all go through my head every night before I try & fall asleep – well the snoring husband gets a ‘gentle’ shove & I can (try) stop the chocolate & I have full access to a range of herbal remedies at my fingertips! Well Der….
I also have been trying a meditation app called smiling minds. Insert ‘eye roll’…yes I was sceptical but it has been great, they are short easy sessions that have helped a lot. It has a huge range of (free) guided meditations for all your aliments. I often do the body scan one (goes for approx 8 mins) when I am ready to sleep, the guy tells you to try & not fall asleep but I do every time!
So moving onto the herbal teas I have been sipping before bed – Peppermint is helpful, it helps digestion, relaxes muscles & helps clear stuffy sinuses but for some people it can have the reverse effect of keeping you awake too. The menthol in Peppermint leaves can be a stimulant, clearing your head for all those thoughts to creep in while you’re lying awake!
I do chop & change between Peppermint & Pure Sleep depending on what’s been happening throughout the day, how active I’ve been & how mentally stressed the day has been. If I have been working out, I’ll usually drink Peppermint & take a magnesium tablet & if it’s been an office day (where I have to use my brain) then home to busy kids I’ll brew a Pure Sleep.
Here’s a little snippet about the herbs we use in our Sleep blend:
Passion Flower: has been used as a natural sedative for many years, it also used to gently relax the mind/body to prepare for a more restful night’s sleep.
Skull Cap: an effective nerve tonic and sedative, Women who are having anxiety associated with hormonal imbalances can find skullcap very calming.
Camomile: contains spiroether, a very strong antispasmodic agent that relaxes aching, tense muscles. A very calming & safe herb.
Lavender: for use internally for insomnia, restlessness and nervous stomach irritations. Lavender is a wonderful sleep aid when combined with Camomile.
Rose: Is a natural source of vitamin C, which provides support for your immune system. It also soothes the nerves, calm the nervous system and can act as a tonic to relieve symptoms of depression.
Hibiscus: regular consumption of hibiscus can lower blood pressure, is naturally high in Vitamin C, a natural antioxidant, and gentle diuretic and laxative.
Lemongrass : encourages relaxation, it helps reduce bowel problems as well as eliminates dangerous food additives from being soaked up through the body, promoting effective bowel removal. Additionally, it encourages efficient kidney as well as bladder elimination due to its all-natural diuretic qualities.
Ginger: has calming properties that may help lower your stress and tension. This is thought to be due to a combination of the strong aroma and healing properties. The vitamins, minerals and amino acids in ginger can help restore and improve blood circulation that may help decrease the chance of cardiovascular problems
So as you can see there is help out there. Lots of people suffer from insomnia or fall asleep easily but then wake with a burst of cortisol & lie awake for the rest of the night. Try sipping on some kind of herbal tea, whatever it may be! But ours is best