But back to me. And sleep. Or more specifically, the fact that I don't get any.
This has been an issue for me since early childhood. On and off for my entire life, I've battled sleep issues. When I was maybe six or seven, I went to a therapist who gave me a tape (for those too young to remember, a tape was what you listened to pre CD) that I played in my little tape recorder each night as I went to sleep. It was this very hippie dippy monotone voice that was all "breathe in, breathe out, imagine the night sky and the stars...." The idea was that I would fall asleep a portion of the way into the tape. Instead, most nights I would reach the end of the tape, get out of bed, hit rewind, and start that puppy all over again.
I will say that my most severe sleep issues come and go. There are seasons of time when they are worse than others. And stress seems to play the largest roll in this little game of Who Needs Sleep. (Answer: Me. Always me!)
Until very recently, I thought nothing of the matter. I mean, it's been more than 30 years. This issue is just so much a part of my being that it doesn't even feel like an issue most of the time. I'm very unaware of it and just sort of expect that I will feel tired more often than not.
However, my friend The Good Egg has taken on this (in my opinion) non-issue as her major concern in life. Which is incredibly sweet that she seems to so genuinely care about my health and well-being. But given my 30 year acceptance over the matter, I'm less than motivated to try new ticks. I mean, I've made it this far, why change things now?
That said, a few weeks ago Butler Bestie, Belle, sent me a package of essential oils to try (more on that coming soon), including the much raved about Lavender. So many friends have sung high praises for it's sleep inducing abilities. And now The Good Egg has me convinced I need to go to the store to pick up some Melatonin. Suddenly I am more aware than ever before that I should perhaps take this life-long battle more seriously and I'm reading up on various recommendations.
So here's my question for y'all, do you have any tried and true tips and tricks to getting your mind to quiet enough to get a good night's sleep? Or have you tried anything in the past that just doesn't at all work that I might want to avoid? Have you tried Melatonin or lavender oil? I'm sincerely interested in your insights here. I realize that I typically write posts explaining what I've already done or how to do something. But today, I'm simply seeking advice from friends. Help a girl get a good night's sleep!