Insomnia & The Natural Quest For Sleep

I posted a few weeks ago about my trouble with sleeping and my intention to explore natural methods in the quest for a restful night’s sleep.  I haven’t yet exhausted my quest and I’m still fighting for the elusive zeds!

The less sleep I get, the more difficult I’m finding it to function.  How my friends and family members are still talking to me is something of a mystery.  I’m irritable, forgetful, clumsy and incoherent.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve tried a variety of natural remedies.  Here is my progress.

? Pillow Sprays ?

Champneys Pillow MistAvailable from Boots  £11 (though currently £7.33!!  33% off!!) – I love the smell of this pillow spray.  It reminds me of high-end beauty spas and is a soft aroma mixed with tones of lavender.

champneys pillow mist

Avon’s Planet Spa Sleep Serenity Pillow Mist – Usually £4.50 but on sale for only £2.25!!  My daughter has been using this one.  She says it smells lovely and it really helps to relax her.

avon pillow spray

? Oils & Balms ?

Neom Organics London Tranquillity Intensive Deep Sleep Treatment £8 from Amazon  I was excited to try this one.  I’ve read lots about Neom and I love the look of their products but this is the first one I’ve tried.  I love the little glass bottle that it comes in.  The packaging is beautiful!  I find this oil really easy to use and the smell is so calming.

Badger Organic Sleep Balm £8.92 available from Amazon.  Again, this is one that Lissy has been using.  I love that it’s organic and it comes in a tin.  Great for those of us mindful of plastic waste.

badger balm

? Transdermal Magnesium ?

 Magnesium is a really important mineral and many people don’t get enough.  As our skin is our biggest organ, a balm/cream/body butter is a great way to get extra magnesium into us.  I actually make this myself using natural ingredients.  I made a magnesium oil and a moisturiser and amalgamated the two.  I’ve been making my own moisturisers and tinctures for a few years now.  I like to slather my feet in it because I can’t sleep if my feet feel dry and this way, I’m killing two birds with one stone.  Bonus!

If you’re not feeling brave enough, Better You is a reliable brand and they make a body balm that’s £8.58.

better you magnesium

? Melatonin Supplements ?

A friend recommended Melatonin supplements to me.  Melatonin hormone that is produced by the pineal gland that regulates sleep and wakefulness.  I asked my doctor about these are she highly recommended Melatonin to me and even told me she’d used it herself, with successful results.

SleepWell Melatonin I’ve been taking these ones.  They’re £10.49 for 60 gummies from Amazon and come with really good reviews.  I like them a lot.  They do help me fall asleep and they’re tasty.

sleepwell gummies

I still have lots more method to try, but for now, my favourite and most effective is the melatonin.  I think that’s the one that’s made the biggest difference so far.

I’ll keep you updated with my continued quest for a good night’s sleep.  I ought to get off to bed now.

?Goodnight ?

2 Comments

  • Reply April 11, 2017

    Anne

    Hello,
    Melatonin is a new one to me so thank you for mentioning that. I’ve used organic lavender oil from Banstead as required. Great quality and a little goes a long way. Gorgeous scent! http://www.mayfieldlavender. com. For night work, to stay wide awake, I use caffeine, sugar, protein and avoid carbs. To get to sleep quickly, I eat carbs (Sunday lunch nap feeling!). Good luck and sleep well! 🙂

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