Sunday nights are pretty frustrating—if we're being honest. Having stayed up late Saturday and laid in both mornings, I'm often not sleepy enough come bedtime. Like a sort of weekend jet lag. Countless times I have asked myself, how do I make my self tired? With a full day at work on the Monday imminent, I don't want to wake up groggy from a restless night.
Rather than consult a sleep specialist, I decided turn to Facebook for help since it's basically a forum to ask beauty and wellness questions with no shame. I wanted to find out how other women tackle bedtime for ultimate success. What better place to start than with tried-and-tested tips that actually work? Keep scrolling to see how real women tackle their own bedtime struggles.
Get Yourself Some Lavender
"I put lavender on my wrists (spray or oil, not a sprig!) and then try to sleep on my side with my hands in prayer mode. I also keep my eyes closed and ban myself from opening them. I drift off pretty fast when I do that," —Leanne Bayley.
"Cuddling with my cat and putting a few drops of lavender oil on my pillow," —Cemre Sena Baykara.
"[I put] lavender on a tissue on my pillow and I listen to guided hypnosis and meditation tracks for sleep on YouTube," —Emily Farley Diamond.
Do The Double
There's Always Counting
"Counting backwards from 100 and regulating my breathing in time with the counting works for me." —Hannah Rought.
"Sex!" —Pamela Shahrad.
During sex, the stress hormone cortisol is reduced, which can help us feel sleepy.
"Read a boring book." —Lise Aasland.
"Reading a book, no screens!" —Anna Claudia Heaton.
"I actually tried hypnotherapy for a short bout of bad sleeping and found it fantastic." —Sara D'Souza
"My grandma always said if you can't sleep or [you] wake up in the night to focus on each limb, stretch it out then relax it. Start at your feet, and by the time you get to your head, your body is relaxed enough to sleep—and it's worked for me!" —Ellie Birkin.
Take a warm bath or shower one to two hours before bedtime to try to fall asleep faster.
Stick to a Routine
"I'm in bed by 9:15 p.m. (I have an early start) and read my Kindle with the night-light mode on. It works every time." —Amy MacFarlane.
"I have chronic insomnia and 'painsomnia' brought on by a couple of chronic illnesses. Sometimes the type of suggestions mentioned above work for me, and other nights, no matter what I do, they don't.
The best advice I can give is to try not to let the struggle to get to sleep stress you out or make you more anxious. That will only make things worse for you. When things get really bad, I put on a sleep playlist from Spotify or Amazon or use an app like Calm to play 'sleep' music, so even if I don't manage to get much sleep, I at least manage to get some rest." —Joanna Waszczuk.
Lastella M, O'Mullan C, Paterson JL, Reynolds AC. Sex and sleep: perceptions of sex as a sleep promoting behavior in the general adult population. Front Public Health. 2019;7:33. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2019.00033