Sunday, 27 October 2013

Insomnia Tips

Insomnia tips
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I decided to go down a different root today for a post.
I got some good responses to my tips/trick posts so I decided to keep them going every so often. On the agenda of today I decided to talk about something we all get at least once in our life: insomnia, I thought this was a good post to write about as a few nights ago I had terrible sleep due to being back to Uni...

I have had insomnia before a few times, been to the doctors for it and tried other remedies which I thought may help any of you's out their who struggle to sleep with exams, presentations, deadlines just general stress! I thought now would be a good time to write this post as everyone is back to college/university :)

I am no way a expert in this but I do have some tips for you's that may help you out. A lot of you have probably already heard some or all but I am going to go ahead anyway's as it is nice to refresh your brain!
I never know how to get into these posts but anyway's insomnia: everyone will experience it once in their lives. It isn't anything serious or an illness it is just a problematic, stressful experience to have that has a lot to do with your brain that makes it difficult for you to get to sleep. If you are like me and stress out a lot with work, exams, deadlines etc it can be hard to get rid of those thoughts and go to sleep with ease. 

The signs of insomnia are:
difficulty fallen asleep 
waking up during the night 
waking up early in the morning 
feeling irritable and tired and finding it difficult to function during the day

My Story..
I suffered with insomnia badly when I had my GCSES and sometimes at A level. I started getting insomnia really bad when I was up working on Art deadlines at 11-12 at night. This wasn't the best of nights but we've all had those working up all nights on deadlines or studying! 
When going through my GCSES I had a lot of exams in the same week some were even the day after I just sat one. So my stress levels were really high and I struggled a lot with sleeping - down to nerves, anxiety that sort of stuff! 

...I used to stress myself out so much when I was in bed the night before an exam. I'd sit in bed thinking of how my exam will go, this lead me into staying awake, which lead me into imagining getting no sleep and fallen asleep in an exam - failing. So this panicked me and I would end up crying and tell my mam (such a drama queen).

But sometimes it helped just to know someone else was awake (even though I woke her up every time) but once I went and told my mam she would always say something like 'get a drink' or 'read a book' which weren't the best ideas but were comforting for me to actually get some sleep. Unsure how but sometimes you need reassurance at the weirdest of times.

Anyway's my insomnia got bad at times I was snappy (typical teenager) with lack of sleep so I travelled to my doctors to see what they would recommend.
Obviously with it being insomnia the isn't a lot a doctor can advise other than leaflets and talks. I read through the leaflet they gave me honestly didn't help at all.

These are the things I did find helpful though for me: 
Getting into a routine of bedtime around 10-11pm
Listen to music with an eyemask on
spray lavender scents on your pillow
stop doing work at 9 the latest
take your mind off work by watching tv, talking to a friend etc

Other helpful tips to help me sleep that doctor didn't advise:

Green Tea helped me get a better sleep and helped me wake up better
Going to bed when I was tired - nothing worse than going to bed and not being tired
Stop working an hour or more before bed it gives your brain time to relax
Just generally not thinking about exams or anything worrying coming up

Surprisingly I grew out of insomnia once my exams were over with, once it hit A level and I got it again I just realised to be calm about it all and relax. Don't think about your exams, be relaxed and just think of something exciting like your holiday abroad or Christmas etc when trying to get to sleep.
I obviously still at times get sleepless nights off stress etc but the only thing I can recommend is NOT TO THINK ABOUT WHATEVER IS STRESSING YOU OUT. I know it is hard to get rid of that thought but if you do that you'd be surprised as to how simple getting to sleep can be.

I do hope this helped anyone who suffers with sleepless nights with stress, anxiety do let me know if this helped anyone!



  1. my flatmate suffers with insomnia and I showed her this so she's trying out a couple of your ideas later! x

    alex /


    1. Aw that is brilliant! glad it helps :) xx

  2. I suffer really badly from insomnia and jet lag. I've tried everything and the only thing that makes me have a great night sleep in Night Nurse! Oops! :) xx
    Great post, those tips are really helpful and they do work xx


    1. I have never tried night nurse haha but different things work for everyone :)
      and thank you :) xx

  3. This post was lovely how you shared your experience with us I sometimes struggle to sleep when I'm just thinking about general stuff but I think that's just a normal thing but I do hate it when I genuinely can't sleep ! xx
    sarah :)

  4. I don't have insomnia, but I have something else which affects how much sleep I get, so some of these tips my really help! I really like it when people do posts like these, will always read them!!



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