Posts tagged "aromatherapy"

A while ago I started having trouble to sleep. I think the main reason was physical pain - I have a connective tissue disease that’s now under control.

I wish I could say I have a magic trick that worked instantly, but I don’t think there’s one simple and fast method to solve this.

I’ve made some behavioural changes that helped me sleep better and for longer periods of time:

1) Go to bed early: I stopped pulling all-nighters and I turn off my computer after 10:30 during weekdays, no excuses. Having a schedule to go to bed creates a habit and your body starts to naturally respond to it.

2) Get ergonomic gadgets for work: I think a lot of people suffer from pain related to their posture at work. I put emphasis on this because of my disease, but I’m sure that back or neck pain are very frequent and it never helps when you’re trying to rest.

3) Aromatherapy: I have a bunch of oils and creams, lavender and chamomille are great to help you sleep.

4) Don’t go to bed angry or stressed: This one is probably the hardest. If you’re having problems, they come to you at night and it’s hard to get rid of them. Meditation can help a little bit to let go and relax.

5) Body temperature: During summer it’s hard to sleep with the heat, and in winter it’s hard to sleep with the cold. Finding the right temperature for your body to rest can get tricky, but all you need to do is observe your patterns of sleep with different factors that change your temperature, like wearing socks, fabric materials, the tightness of your clothes, etc. Try changing something during a week and see how it works for you.

I hope you find something that helps you have a better date with Morpheus at night.

-Daniela