Sweet Relief From Sleepless Nights
by Charles Holing
(Port Elizabeth, South Africa)
No Sleep = Big Yawns
I lie in bed at night and cannot sleep! And... No! Wait!
I used to lie in bed at night waiting and wanting to fall asleep...
I am 33 years old (still young enough for bedtime stories), male, and suffered periodically from an overactive mind when it was time for dreamland.
No matter how much I told myself to stop thinking, thinking happened!...
I can think about the same thing over and over again for up to three hours whilst I toss and turn in bed!
Alan (he of diy-stress-relief.com) encouraged me to try some visualizations about "closing up shop" in my mind and combining this with some deep breathing relaxation exercises before I go to sleep. My non-stop mind-acrobatics only responded slightly. And I imagined a life doomed to restless nights!
And then a breakthrough happened... Alan suggested that I put 2 - 3 drops of an essential oil on a tissue next to my pillow at night...
The magic oil is NEROLI...
I found that the smell of the oil encouraged me to concentrate on my breathing and the fragrance seemed to slow me down. Just what I had been looking for!
To me it seems as if the deeper breathing, due to the smell and some element in the neroli helps to quieten my mind.
I must say that I now look forward to the neroli at night and it has even improved the general atmosphere of my very male bedroom.