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My Go-To Kit for Sleep Assistance

Sleeping has never been my strong point. Since I was a young teenager, falling asleep was a massive issue for me. Sleep came in fits and starts and the start of insomnia arrived. Things have never really been the same since.

I have spent years and years trying different ways to ease my sleeping woes. Sometimes I will think that I have found just the answer. A few days of relief will follow only for me to fall back into my old patterns again.

Over the years, there have been some constants that always help ease the fatigue and keep the sleep thieves at bay.

Herbal teas

There are a few and mostly they are part of my ritual towards winding down for sleep. Chamomile and Melissa are my favorites by far. I find that Melissa is by far the most helpful.

About an hour before bed I make myself what is now fondly referred to in my home as sleepy tea. No creamers, no milks. Just one teabag, half a teaspoon of honey, top it up with boiling water. Allow the tea to steep for 3-4 minutes and sit back and enjoy.

Guided mediation

Who would have thought that listening to someone talk would help me fall asleep? I sure did not. I have a few saved to my phone and if the need arises they can be found on YouTube.

Guided mediation for deep sleep is usually where I find myself getting lost and actually falling asleep. Mental note: make each song its own playlist so when it is done, it stops and does not suddenly start playing your favourite rock and roll song instead. Guaranteed this will jolt you awake and you can forget that good night's sleep.

Clean linen

A freshly made bed and clean linen can change how you sleep. After a long day and feeling rather exhausted, which when you suffer from insomnia, is always, you can have a hot bath and listen to relaxing music to get your whole bedtime routine going. Sliding into bed, it is heavenly and needs to be perfect. No crumbs on the sheets and unmade duvets.

Lavender oil

This essential oil gained major popularity in many products for its relaxing qualities. You will often find it in relaxing bath washes and sleepy linen sprays. I prefer mine in a diffuser and allow the scents to waft through the room. Without a doubt, this calms me down and helps me switch off for a better night's rest.

I do not think I would go as far as to say that it helps me sleep better or that it keeps me asleep. What it does bring to the table is getting me slowed down and into the right frame of mind.

What are your go-to things to assist you in getting a good night's sleep?

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