The other night I was so excited. I was tired, achy, flary, all of the above and then some. I was able to get in to see my favorite massage therapist for 50 minutes of amazing after work.
I didn’t realize how badly I needed that massage until it was happening.
I left- feeling better and feeling sleepy- and rushed home to channel the sleepy into a good night of rest. I got into bed around 8:45 (admittedly, very early for me but I was super exhausted) and I laid there looking at the ceiling, wide awake, until almost 2am.
There were relaxation techniques employed. There was yoga breathing. There was meditation. There was prayer. And then I lost my zen like attitude and there was cussing, crying and wishing I had Harry Potter powers to knock myself out.
Eventually I fell asleep but boy, was that night not fun.
This is more of a call out for input because this is not a unique situation for me. My go to strategies for sleep issues are:
-I’ve created a ‘spa’ music channel on Pandora that I put on very low volume and focus on breathing/relaxation exercises
-I also have a white noise app in addition to a humidifier that sits about 4 feet from my bed that helps me drown out my thoughts. Seriously, humidifier? Yes, I felt like an 80 year old because I was so excited when I bought it. Who gets excited over buying such an appliance? This girl.
-I try to limit use of cellphone/laptop/tablet an hour before bedtime. I am hit or miss at being successful here.
-Sleepytime tea! (I haven’t been compensated or even approached by the makers of this tea for mentioning this, disclaimer to make sure I’m being ethical .) Sometimes it works, sometimes it just wakes me up to have to pee. It does make initially falling asleep easier which for me is the biggest challenge.
-Heating pads- I own a variety and they do help me to relax
-Tiger Balm (again, not approached or paid to endorse, just mentioning for ethics reasons). I don’t know if it’s the sensation or the smell that helps, but something with this calms me down.
But even with all of these tricks up my sleeve, I sometimes still struggle with sleep. No, not sometimes. Often. I often struggle with sleep.
What works for you?