I am a 24 year-old female and I have a hella lot of trouble sleeping sometimes. Lack of sleep, insomnia or just general problems sleeping are usually associated with older people, right? Like menopause or health problems that occur later in life that might prevent people from falling asleep as easily and as naturally. It definitely sucks but older people have options to make night time more pleasant, like adjustable beds and riser recliner chairs for example which can make a huge difference to your wellbeing associated around sleep. But what about us young’un’s?
From someone who’s not had a full night’s sleep for over 6 years to someone else to probably hasn’t either, I hope my tips may come in handy. I’m not a doctor or a health expert but all these things I mention I do and/or have done myself at some point to aid my sleep.
Go herbal: I love herbal remedies for my anxiety, particularly Kalms tablets but did you know you can also get Kalms Night? These take the edge off when you most need it: at night and help you relax that little bit more before falling asleep. They’re not sleeping pills; they’re not medical at all so they won’t knock you out. Everything is natural and healthy and safe to take before you go asleep! (Although if you’re on other medication, do speak to your GP before taking these)
Find the route cause: For me, the reason I can’t sleep through the night is because I have a double bed. As soon as I switched from a single to a double, I stopped sleeping all the way through. For me, I like the restriction of a single bed and not having the option to move around all over the place. So to avoid this issue, I like to cocoon myself in a duvet which makes me feel restricted, like a single bed does. What I’m saying here is really think about why you can’t sleep. Think back to when you stopped sleeping properly and dissect it. You might be surprised!
Switch off: Probably the most obvious one and one you’ve heard countless times but switching off your laptop and your phone really can help your brain wind down quicker.
Don’t go to bed hungry: Is there anything worse than laying in bed with your stomach rumbling? I know, I know you’re not supposed to eat before you go to bed or you’re not supposed to eat after 8 at night but seriously, if you’re hungry and it’s stopping you sleeping, go and get a damn snack! A piece of fruit or a cereal bar, just to quiet the hunger until breakfast.
Keep warm: Take a warm shower or bath or have a nice warm cup of tea before heading to bed. I always find the warmer I am, the more tired I get. Although you don’t want to be too warm and over-heat, there’s nothing better than being nice and toasty. Grab a hot water bottle to put by your feet as well.
Share your tips for getting a better night’s sleep in the comments below!
This post is in collaboration with Adjustamatic. But all content, advice and opinions are my own.