Bed, lampshade, plant

Following on from my last post, where I talked about decluttering and making my bedroom a calmer space to spend time in, I wanted to focus on sleeping this week....Like many people, I've gone through phases of sleeplessness and insomnia. I find it so difficult when a sleepless night means I'm less able to function well the next day, it seems like such a waste, doesn't it? And of course, the more you worry about not getting enough sleep, the harder it becomes to get a good night's rest. With this in mind, I've teamed up with Indigo Herbs and some lifestyle blogger friends, to suggest some natural ways of getting a better night's sleep. 

I'm also reviewing the Herbal Tea Infusions gift set, which Indigo Herbs have kindly sent me. As a fan of herbal tea, and of simply taking time out to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, this was the perfect match. If you'd like to try the gift set, then keep reading to find out how you can enter to win a set for yourself or a friend. But first, some tips on how to get a better night's sleep.

Indigo herbs tea, flowers, mugs, cafetiere

5 Ways to promote natural sleep:

  1. Lavender is believed to ease anxiety and insomnia - sprinkle a few drops of lavender essential oil on a piece of tissue and tuck it under your pillow. Alternatively, use the essential oil in an aromatherapy diffuser. For a home-made touch, make little lavender bags and leave them on your pillow.
  2. Use the "night shift" setting on your smartphone. Blue light is harsh and can affect your sleep if you're seeing it before bed. Set this mode on your phone.
  3. Going one step further, using blackout blinds and unplugging all devices so it's really dark, can help. Relax by reading a book with a small lamp, instead. This should help your body adjust to night-time.
  4. Meditation can also be used as a means of improving your sleep patterns. Taking something simple like 10 minutes a day, to stop the mind whirling, can really help promote more restful sleep. If meditation isn't your thing, try spending some time by the sea; sea air is charged with negative ions that help us absorb more oxygen and leave us feeling more relaxed. Similarly, walking in woodlands/forest bathing is another way to improve your health and sleep patterns.
  5. Cut down on caffeine before bed. Instead try decaffeinated versions, warm milk with honey or herbal teas. Try eating foods such as bananas before bed; they contain potassium and magnesium, which helps to relax your muscles and promote a better sleep. 
Indigo Herbs gift set

Indigo Herbs Herbal Tea Infusions Gift set review.

There are many things that I liked about this gift set. Straight away, the loose leaf tea is presented beautifully in simple packaging, much of which can be recycled.

The gift box costs £14.99 and includes three varieties to try ◊ Super Cleanse ◊ Get Well Stay Well and ◊ Sleep Deep Tea. Also included with the herbal tea infusions gift set is a cute little strawberry infuser to make a single cup of tea. The teas are made from ethically sourced 100% pure botanical ingredients and have nothing added, which really appeals to me.

Whilst I enjoyed all the teas, the Sleep Deep tea was definitely my favourite and the one I was looking forward to the most. It has a lovely, light taste; and is fragrant without being overpowering. Containing ingredients such as chamomile, lavender and Valerian, which have been used since ancient times to promote sleep, it definitely left me feeling relaxed.

The Get Well Stay Well tea certainly worked wonders for me, too. It had a very unusual flavour; initially it had a warmth to it that then left a sweet aftertaste. I wasn't sure that I liked it at first, but then went on to drink two cups at my first sitting. I think it might have helped to shift my stubborn cold, too. I'm looking forward to having this natural remedy in my cupboard and seeing if it can help me cut down on the use of traditional pain relief the next time a cold hits.

The Super Cleanse tea is created using fennel, liquorice, nettle, dandelion, red clover and ginger. It makes a lovely alternative to caffeinated drinks and has the added bonus of cleansing your body, too.

What else do you need to know? 

Please do check the list of herbs included in the herbal teas before consumption; as not all herbal teas are suitable for everyone, for example if you are pregnant, ill or taking mediation.

If you enjoyed the review and would like to win the herbal tea infusions gift set, then please head over to my Instagram account for details on how to enter. The competition runs until the 20th August and is open to UK entrants only.

Please note, this post is in collaboration with Indigo Herbs. Indigo Herbs kindly sent me their herbal tea infusions gift set to review and give away.

Many thanks to the following blogs for suggesting ways to promote natural sleep:

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31 comments on “5 ways to promote natural sleep & Indigo Herbs review”

  1. These are great tips! Insomnia plagues me often and I’m yet to find a solution. I still stick to and love lavender though as it makes me much calmer at night time!

    • I’m sorry to hear you have such a problem with insomnia, it can be really draining, can’t it? Lavender is definitely a help, though, and getting loads of exercise wears me out, too x

  2. Some really great tips here. I always find meditation and yoga really help me. I also think lavender oils are amazing for helping me unwind.

  3. There’s nothing worse than laying awake, struggling to get to sleep. I am not normally a fan of hot drinks but a herbal tea is a fantastic way to relax and get off to sleep. I’ll have to hunt down the Indigo Herbs teabags and try them out next time I’ve got insomnia!

    • Oh my goodness, I’m sorry to hear that. I hope you’ve managed to get some rest. I hope trying drinks without caffeine helps, too x

  4. I love herbal teas and I love Indigo Herbs. They are such great brand. When my kids come down with a cold, I always drop a few drops of lavender on top of their pillows. It smells so nice! But the tea will be for me though. Haha Great post! x

    • It’s nice to be able to use natural remedies, isn’t it 🙂 They’re much kinder to our bodies. Thanks for stopping by x

  5. I too am a big fan of herbal teas, you can get some fantastic free ones from hotel rooms when we stay away! My favourite is camomile or mixed berries.

  6. I’ve never drunk herbal teas but I do have insomnia, I have had since my late teens. I don’t drink caffeine, I try everything that’s recommended, but still can’t sleep! I might have to give the herbal teas a try, anything is worth a shot!

    • I hope the herbal teas help … I think sometimes it’s just the process of taking the five minutes out to brew the tea, as well as enjoying the drink, that helps me to relax x

  7. Great tips. Someone actually mentioned the lavender tip to me the other day for our baby to see if it helped her sleep longer so I think I will try it for us all! I really need to use the night shift on my phone as I work at night and always feel wired when I go to bed, even if I am so tired x

  8. Aw I love herbs and herbal teas. I have my own herb garden at home and plenty of herbal teas. I’m also re-decorating our bedroom and I’m trying to decluter it as much as possible. Yours is a lovely place to relax 🙂

  9. Ooh that sounds lovely – I have loads of herbal teas and I’m always looking for something calming before bed. Thanks for the tip on the phone light, I didn’t know about night shift mode.

    • Thanks, Helen 🙂 Herbal teas are lovely, aren’t they? Sometimes I think that the process of making the tea is as relaxing as drinking it. I hope using the night shift mode on your phone helps, too.

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