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.
5 Ways to promote natural sleep:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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: