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 to ask The British Beauty Line, our secret Facebook group. It's a place where everyone can ask beauty and wellness questions, so I decided to find out how other women tackle bedtime for ultimate success. I figure the best place to start is with tried-and-tested tips from them.
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
"Counting backwards from 100 and regulating my breathing in time with the counting works for me," — Hannah Rought.
"Sex!" — Pamela Shahrad.
According to a story published on Women's Health, during sex, the stress hormone cortisol is reduced, which helps us feel sleepy. A study published in the Journal of Women's Health also found that during sex, oestrogen increases, which results in better REM sleep, meaning we fall into a deeper more restful slumber.
"Reading a book, no screen!" — Anna Claudia Heaton.
"Read a boring book," Lise Aasland.
"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.
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.