I know from experience that having anxiety can really affect your sleep, and it sucks. Feeling tired throughout the day and not being able to fully concentrate on the things you need to do is not a great feeling, and it definitely increases my anxiety.
Recently, I’ve found a few things that have really helped me sleep better – and so I thought it would be good to share with you!
Lush Sleepy Body Lotion
This product had been popping up all over the place, and it was something I’d been meaning to get my hands on for a long time.
My colleagues at work bought me a Lush voucher for my birthday, and I finally picked it up on a day out in Brighton last month.
In all honesty, this product has worked wonders when anxiety has kept me up at night – whether it’s helped me get to sleep in the first place, or helped me get back to sleep when I’ve woken up! I’d definitely recommend this if you struggle with getting to sleep.
And, if you need something a little extra, you could use the Sleepy Body Wash in your before-bed bath or shower, and follow up with the body lotion to get extra sleepy.
Go to Sleep Early
Back in high school, I never used to go to sleep until the early hours of the morning, in college, I managed to get to sleep around midnight, and now, I sleep nice and early – any time between 9pm to 10pm, and I feel so much better because of it!
Being well-rested is so important when you have anxiety, as tiredness can make it a whole lot worse, so an early night is always a good idea.
Have a Routine
I tend to wake up and go to sleep at around the same time every day, no matter if it’s a work day or a weekend. There are of course some exceptions to this, but for the most part, I’m pretty set on when I go to sleep and when I wake up.
I’ve found that having a routine has made me feel much less anxious, as I worry less about how much sleep I’m going to get, how much time I’ll have in the morning to get ready, etc.
Establishing a sleep routine can be a life saver.
Lavender Essential Oil
I’ve been using my Tisserand Rollerball Lavender Essential Oil for so long now, and I absolutely love it. Now, I use this in a similar way to using ‘Sleepy’, but I interchange between the two of them.
When I can’t sleep, I simply roll a little of the essential oil on my temples, wrists, and wherever else I feel like, and it has me asleep before I know it.
Extra tip: this is also great for period pains!
Watch / Read / Listen to Something Calming
As random as it may be, a few of the things I find help me sleep are: watching Bob Ross on Netflix before bed, listening to “Chill” playlists on Spotify, or reading a poetry book.
If you have an hour or so before bed set aside specifically to do something calming, you’ll find yourself in a much better headspace to go to sleep than you would if you jumped straight into bed after being on your laptop or phone. Having time to wind down before getting ready for bed makes a huge difference!
What helps you get to sleep?