I’ve always been able to fall asleep of a night-time fairly easily, but a few weeks ago I started waking up in the early hours of the morning. I’d toss and turn and doze off occasionally, but never go back into a proper sleep and would be jerked into a hazy reality when my alarm went off at 4:45am.
After a week or so of wandering around in a trance I decided I needed to take action…
I had a fairly good idea what was leading to my broken sleep – there are two people, one older and one younger, whom Adam and I both love dearly that are fighting cancer at the moment; I’ve had some unexpected challenges thrown up at me at work over the last few months; and there is still a lot of work to be done preparing for our wedding in November.
I decided to needed to set myself a good night-time routine, to allow my body and mind to wind down.
Here’s what I’ve been doing:
- Drinking a small glass of water before getting into bed
- Instead of scrolling through my phone, trying to catch the last social media updates of the day, I’ve been reading a few pages of a book I’ve been carting around with me since before we left England (and really need to finish!)
- And I’ve started using a meditation app – I know it’s still on my phone and you should try and avoid using your mobile before bed, but hear me out.
I stumbled across Relax Melodies, purely by chance. It had great reviews, so I thought I’d give the free version a go. Essentially it provides a series of sounds, which you can mix together to create a soundtrack of sorts. There’s electronic white noise, music, as well as sounds from nature.
Adam, with his background in sound engineering, quite enjoyed putting together a mix of elements to create a track that we both liked the sound of – it consists of white noise, urban rain, thunder, cavern, storm, rainstorm, rain on roof, wind in trees and fire crackles.
We’ve been using blue tooth to connect my phone to a little speaker in our bedroom and taking advantage of the app’s timer and running our ‘meditation music’ all night.
It’s been so dry in Wagga Wagga over summer, so it’s been lovely to fall asleep to the sound of rain (even if it is fake rain!) and the few times I’ve awoken through the night, I’ve quickly gone back into a deep sleep lulled into slumber by the background noise.
Adam and I are conscious of not getting too addicted to the app – we don’t want to get into a situation where we can only sleep with the help of an aid, but for now it’s helping ensure we’re both rested and ready for the day ahead.
Have you ever used an ‘aid’ to get to sleep at night? What did you do?
Sweet dreams… and have a wonderful weekend. x