Dear Jane, I’m Sleepless in St. Louis
We just had Daylight Savings this past weekend, which usually doesn’t really affect my sleeping pattern, but this time it was different. Over the past few months, I haven’t been able to have a decent night’s sleep. I toss and I turn and I’m constantly waking up throughout the night.
Throughout the day, I’m pretty non-stop which is business as usual, so I don’t feel particularly stressed out or that my lifestyle has changed, so I can’t figure out why my sleeping has become so disturbed.
It’s gotten to the point where I’m feeling sluggish, tired, and low-energy. Plus, I now have noticeable dark circles under my eyes. I don’t want to take over-the-counter sleeping pills, but I need to find a solution to restless nights.
How can I get a good night’s sleep and finally feel like myself again?
– Sleepless in St. Louis
I hate it when Aunt Flow comes to visit too, but there are a few things that we can do to take our power and proclaim, “Not this month!”
Dear Sleepless in St. Louis,
The recent time change definitely threw me off of my sleeping game as well, so I understand feeling a bit more tired than usual these days. But it seems as though your sleep and overall well-being are suffering a bit more than what would be normally expected for this time of the year.
First, I would go to your doctor for a check-up just to make sure that you’re not vitamin and mineral deficient. These deficiencies could be causing your dark circles and tiredness. It’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor when you have any prolonged symptoms of not feeling well for any reason.
Then I would stock up on some Nighty Night capsules. They contain 15mg of broad-spectrum hemp and 385mg of a signature proprietary herbal blend consisting of Valerian Root, Hops, Passionflower, and Lemon Balm, with 0.00% THC, for a peaceful and restorative night’s sleep.
It’s a natural alternative to sleeping pills and I would suggest taking one pill about 30 minutes before bed every night until you’re able to fall asleep on your own and rest throughout the night. Also, I would implement a nighttime routine. Turn off all screens and electronics about 30 to 60 minutes before bed and try reading, meditating, and drinking a calming tea before bed.
You might also be more stressed out than you realize which is manifesting as sleepless nights because your mind is still racing and unable to calm down from the demands of the day. I would suggest meditating in the morning and journaling.
This will give your mind and body a break and a chance to slow down. It’ll also give you some perspective on what might be causing your anxiety.
But if you’re ready to really enjoy a restorative night’s sleep, then treat yourself to the Do Not Disturb set which includes the Nighty Night capsules and a bamboo silk plant-dyed eye mask to keep out unwanted light that could disturb your rest and hinder you from falling into a deep sleep.
And last but not least, try taking some adult naps throughout the day. Recharging your battery and being intentional with your time can help you to get back into a healthy sleeping pattern.
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