I know that sleep can be such a struggle for those of us with endometriosis, adenomyosis, or any illness! A solid 7-8 hours of sleep is a mythical fantasy for many, myself included. If I’m having a good night I can get 5-6 hours of sleep. On a not so good night I’m lucky if I get any. So, I thought in an effort to help us all get some more much needed shut eye I would share my current nighttime routine which seems to be working quite well!
- First and foremost, shut down the technology! This isn’t always possible but where you can switch off the TV and social media about an hour before bed. Use the time instead to wind down.
- I like to take a warm shower at night time before bed. There’s just something about getting into cozy pyjamas after a shower and tucking into bed. I also try to do everything possible to allow myself more sleep in the morning!
- Read! Countless times I have opened up a book and started to read…and woken up sometime later with a book on my face. If you’re already in a sleep state, reading a few page can help push you into the land of nod.
- I also have a few bits and bobs which to be honest, I’m not sure what they do exactly but I can say that I notice when I don’t use them! All products have been linked if you would like to learn more about them.
My Bedtime Favourites:
Heat pack – I don’t think there is any explanation needed for this one! I’ve had this one for a couple of years now so probably time for a new one!
Sleepy body lotion from Lush – This stuff smells SO incredible and it’s full of lavender so it’s almost like I can feel my neck and shoulder muscles relax as soon as I open the tub. I rub it on my neck, chest and shoulders as I’m about to tuck in.
Deep Sleep Pillow Spray from thisworks – Exactly what it says on the bottle, a pillow spray that I spritz on my pillow and sheets before I go to sleep. It’s another lavender based product which promotes rest and relaxation, and just smells damn good.
Bach Rescue Night Spray – This was given to me a little while ago by a friend and it’s a spray you just sprite a couple of times in your mouth before hitting the hay. It’s quite sweet and is supposed to help promote a natural night’s sleep..whatever that means!
Liz Earle Superbalm – This balm has Rosehip Oil, Vitamin E, and Neroli Oil as it’s main ingredients and I put it on my lips and any dry areas of my face every single night. I constantly have super dry lips and this definitely helps to restore them! (Note: product since replaced with Superskin Superlip balm)
Garnier Restoring Hand Cream – I also get quite dry hands throughout the day so always make sure to moisturise as the last step in my routine. Another hand cream I love is the intensive one from Aveeno which is great for sensitive skin.
- Last but not least I switch on a podcast and switch off my light. Unless I’m more sleep-deprived than normal I always need background noise to help me nod off. If you’re the same then go and check out my podcast recommendations!
I hope this was interesting for you, and has given you some ideas for your own nighttime routine. Please let me know if you have any recommendations of your own!