If you are anything like me, you may require a little wind down time. I like to enjoy a relaxing shower, incorporating sleep inducing oils such as Lavender and a Serenity Blend. I occasionally use a diffuser in the bedroom with a blend of Balance and Serenity Therapeutic Grade Oils by DoTerra. Many factors can cause insomnia which can include: stress, jet lag, alcohol, nicotine or caffeine, noisy, cold or hot room, shift patterns, illness or drugs, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression. If your sleeplessness lasts for over a month or affects your daily life, then your GP may recommend sleeping pills. However, these come with many side effects, including drowsiness the next day. It is estimated that one in three people have mild insomnia and many more poor sleepers have developed sleep habits that make it difficult to change.
So if you are looking to explore some natural strategies, you have come to the right place:
- Changing your Pattern of Sleep: Put the time you are awake at night to better use. If you focus solely on getting to sleep, it could make matters worse. Sleep is a natural phenomenon that happens all by itself. The moment you start getting involved with ‘wanting to go to sleep’ you are activating your stress response and this will prevent the natural process. I like to go to sleep listening to something relaxing or even educational – the voice has to be calming, I might even listen to something I have recorded. I sometimes listen to an audio book on a 30 minute timer which also works well for me. I also have a Collection of techniques which I dip into and share with my clients. I have summarised which techniques work for myself and my clients pretty much 100% of the time.
- It is suggested that having a routine is one of the best ways to get your sleep on track. Sticking to the same time can help your body prepare for rest.
- Prepare by not having caffeine after 3pm. Ideally spend a hour or two before bed relaxing. Turn off blue-light emitting devices such as your phone, TV, tablet or laptop an hour before bed. If you’d like to explore listening to a relaxation hypnosis at bedtime, make sure the light on your device is covered.
- Studies have shown that a course of hypnosis, mindfulness or meditation can lead to a better night’s sleep. To help my clients get back into a healthy sleep routine, I have created a complimentary DEEP PEACEFUL SLEEP HYPNOSIS mp3. If you would like to beat sleeplessness and insomnia with hypnosis, then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for access to your free sleep hypnosis audio file.