Wednesday, 17 February 2016

My Holland & Barrett #GoodSleep Challenge & Giveaway

When I was offered a sleep bag from Holland & Barrett crammed with products to help with sleep and relaxation I must admit I was eager to get involved in the challenge and see what I would find inside.  



According to the included press release 70% of Britons do not get the recommended seven hours sleep a night; I am definitely in that figure so wanted to investigate my options.  With it being National Sleep Awareness Week from the 6th of March I thought it would be worthwhile sharing my experiences with my blog readers and hopefully give you some guidance about what you could try yourself to improve matters.


I do tend to worry about my workload and the cost of sorting out our house so find it hard to nod off in the first place.  The children then help contribute to my disturbed nights with illnesses (fake and real) and nightmares/trips to the loo/requests for water (basically any excuse to get back out of bed!).  Then any time from the crack of dawn you have (un)welcome visitors back at your bedside coaxing you to get up when you finally feel like you’re in a deep contented sleep!  Then starts the progress to haul yourself out of bed and try and get through the day as best as you can on depleted energy levels.

It really comes as no surprise my blog is called Missing Sleep, but I was determined to try and change things and I certainly had plenty of choice to help me along the way.  The Lavender products were my first port of call, I found the fragrance very soothing and I do enjoy a bath as a means to unwind, then a spritz of the sleep mist finishes me off quite nicely and I am ready to be tucked up in bed feeling much calmer and ready to drift off. 

There were so many different items to test though that I gave a few to my mum who sleeps even worse than me!  It’s not unheard of for her to be awake until 5am quite regularly.  Between us we were resolute that we could tackle our sleep troubles head on.  I prefer going down the calming bath route with the lavender products but my mum was happy to try anything, so she has been popping back the supplements for me.  She has started with the Valerian Plus tablets (£9.99 for 30 tablets) but its worth bearing in mind it can take a couple of weeks to see a significant improvement, she has had a bit more sleep than normal so I think that’s a step in the right direction.  My mum also enjoyed the taste of the new Holland & Barrett’s Creamy Camomile Cocoa (£4.99), I think this is a great option if you like cocoa but are not normally a fan of the taste of herbal teas but want to benefit from their calming properties.

I never realised how comprehensive the range of available sleep products were, I would recommend heading to Holland & Barrett and seeing what you could buy to take the edge off, soothe away anxiety and encourage a deeper sleep.  I have another sleep bag (worth over £70) to giveaway so if you too have sleep problems of any kind please do enter this competition.  It will close on the 22nd of March just fill in the form below to be included.

Win over £70 worth of products to help you sleep

297 comments:

  1. i fall asleep listening to the tv

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  2. If I knew I would sleep better! I suffer from insomnia and have yet to find a cure!

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  3. I find that listening to the audio of a film or TV show I know really well helps me to nod off.

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  4. What helps you sleep better? . . .. . a hot drink and / or lavender on the pillow

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  5. I struggle to sleep because of spinal damage but a great mattress, cotton bedding and a good book certainly help.

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  6. i suffer with fybro myalgia so never get a great nights sleep and i have stress dermatitis so i am always awake,id drink herbals teas to settle me and i have a lavender pillow

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  7. Complete quiet and a dark room

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  8. Lavender Essential Oil seems to help if I put a few drops on my pillow x

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  9. I take one 3mg Melatonin at night

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  10. I have tried everything and still I wake at stupid o'clock .. see the time I wrote this. Will try anything :)

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  11. I always sleep better when I have fresh sheets on the bed.

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    1. Ah, fresh bedding is the best feeling in the world!

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  12. hot milk and honey and the windows open

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  13. I always sleep better with the window open even if it is just a very little

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  14. I have a sleep spray and I'm sure that makes a difference - and I really enjoy falling asleep with the herbal aroma

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  15. joanna butler-savage18 February 2016 at 08:35

    a good book

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  16. I suppose it would be frowned upon if I said wine...? ;)

    Seriously though, I more often rely on a long, warm soak in the bath followed by a chapter or 2 of a book.
    Lovely prize, I hope whoever wins really benefits from this cracking bundle x

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  17. Herbal tea is relaxing.

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  18. I use This Works Lavender Pillow Spray and I get to bed a few hours before I intend to fall asleep. I try to turn off social media (doesn't always work that) and read if I need to get up early the next day. @juju_carbo

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  19. Not eating too late before bedtime - and stopping looking at screens a long time before trying to sleep!

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  20. I have no idea, I'm still trying to get there! I make sure I keep the room well ventilated and I spray some lavender pillow spray, but my Fitbit still tells me that I only get 4 hours sleep a night!

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  21. Not a lot helps me to sleep well, just trying to 'switch off' sometimes helps but I really don't sleep well.

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  22. A bath just before bed and fresh sheets x

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  23. Having a warm bath & reading my book.

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  24. No worries or concerns. Quiet, peaceful, relaxing and comfortable place to sleep. Having had some exercise / activity earlier in the day. A nourishing snack before settling to bed. Something nice to look forward to the next day, find I tend to sleep better when on holiday.

    Rachel Craig

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  25. music playing softly or the tv at a low volume

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  26. Nothing! I am a terrible sleeper!

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  27. radio on low in the background has it helps with my tinntus

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  28. Making sure i have no caffeine after 12pm, and reading

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  29. In freshly washed bedding and with a beautiful scented candle.

    Laura xx

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  30. Sleeping tablets is all that is helping me at the moment :(

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  31. A hot bath and a book (as long as it's not too good!)

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  32. Camomile tea is very calming and helps me to sleep :)

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  33. Spending the day with my 3 yr old twin boys, very energetic! X

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  34. A touch of lavender oil on my pillow helps me sleep

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  35. A good read before I get down

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  36. A freshly made bed and a good book

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  37. I can get to sleep better if I go through the relaxation process that I was taught at antenatal classes many moons ago. I live with constant pain so my muscles tend to tighten and tense, going through a tense & release checklist helps me consciously relax

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  38. A cold bedroom and a warm bed helps me sleep.

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  39. Just found a lovely herbal tea x

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  40. Herbal tea and a pillow spray.. The next door neighbours being quiet helps too!

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  41. A hot drink and my lavender pillow spray :)

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  42. No technology for at least an hour before bed.

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  43. A hot bath and not looking at my phone before bed

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  44. Herbal Tea, i fall asleep quite quick, but i wake up several times of the night, i never sleep through, so when i wake up im so tired.

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  45. I read a book and use a silk pillow case

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  46. A nice cup of hot chocolate and a book before bed

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  47. I use Mindfulness to help me relax x

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  48. i like the smell of lavender on my pillow

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  49. Reading before bed
    Claire D

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  50. I don't get to sleep for several hours. Annoying as fiancé goes to sleep in minutes! Fee Nott

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  51. Rachel Stephenson18 February 2016 at 20:46

    Hot chocolate

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  52. I cant sleep with out my husband

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  53. An aromatherapy bath before getting into bed.

    @rachiegr

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  54. Reading a book with a mug of warm milk.

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  55. A nice relaxing bath before bed then complete silence & darkness when trying to get to sleep

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  56. Cup of hot chocolate before bed always does it for me x

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  57. Reading a book helps me although, it has been known to keep me awake all night as well if it is so good.

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  58. I read a book and drink a cup of horlicks. That relaxes me. I dont sleep very well though, probably just stress.

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  59. My children help me sleep, every now and then they wear me out so much I sleep like a log!

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  60. a nice hot bath before going to bed

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  61. I sleep better when I am in a bed on my own and have total silence. Unfortunately both of these are a rarity!!

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  62. I can only sleep in a really dark room with absolutely no noise ;(

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  63. having a good sleep mask on to block out any light and a nice warm drink about an hour before while reading a good book :)

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  64. I have a milk and honey room spray, I give it a couple of bursts of that before bed and it helps me relax.

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  65. A nice warm bath before bedtime, having said that, it only happens if the children sleep well too .x

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  66. I spray my pillow with lavender and chammomile .. then my hubby does reflexology on my feet .. This is the only way I can sleep as I have fibromyalgia and ME xx

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  67. A lovely relaxing bath before bed

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  68. Having the window open very slightly helps me to sleep x

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  69. I buy bunches of dried lavender and hang it near my bed works a treat

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  70. I really struggle to sleep, I fall asleep quite easily but wake shortly afterwards for the rest of the night. I find a cool room helps but not always.

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  71. An hours reading always helps relax me enough to fall asleep pretty quickly

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  72. Margaret Lee-Roberts Abram20 February 2016 at 17:59

    I've had sleep studies done in hospital. See a neurologist and get referred. It was found that my body jerks me awake all night so I have two sorts of medication and sleep a lot better, but still wake up in the night if stressed.

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  73. My husband being next to me when he is not there I find sleeping a nightmare

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  74. When I'm not stressed I find I sleep so much better!

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  75. Send the children to their nanas, lock the hubby in the shed, No technology and starfish!

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  76. I sleep better in pitch black, I really cant sleep at all if there is any light

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  77. I sleep better in pitch black, I really cant sleep at all if there is any light

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  78. Having a set bedtime and making sure I go to bed at the same time everyday.

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  79. Reading with a red hue light - sends me off quicker than anything else I've tried!

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  80. Unwinding by reading a book before I sleep :)

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  81. A hot bath and a warm drink

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  82. I have to read a few pages to get me to sleep although it doesnt always work.

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  83. when i listen to the wind & rain it makes me sleep better

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  84. Claire Elizabeth Noke22 February 2016 at 21:50

    when we have a "well" house. Someone in our house always seems to be poorly, we all pass it round each other.... I worry when my babies are poorly, so I dont sleep well xx

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  85. Reading in bed works wonder for me

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  86. No TV's in the bedroom and no mobile phones either,read a book,unwind and I always have a window open for fresh air,even on the coldest night,it really does help you gat a good nights sleep x

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  87. The children having a sleep over at grannies!

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  88. A comfortable warm bed in a cool bedroom

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  89. Room at the right temperature and peace of mind

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  90. I have terrible trouble getting to sleep but I find a hot bath followed by a warm milky drink and a good read snuggled up warm in bed all help me to drift off faster x

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  91. I am a terrible sleeper but a little reading and a spray of lavender and k alms I can nod off

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  92. I drink a bedtime or camomile tea before bed and read a few pages that usually does the trick

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  93. A nice relaxing bath then I like my bedroom pitch black and no snoring keeping me awake :-)

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  94. A nice relaxing bath then I like my bedroom pitch black and no snoring keeping me awake :-)

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  95. Music helps me.

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  96. Listening to an audio book helps me fall asleep.

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  97. I have terrible insomnia, but clean fresh sheets and a dark room with silence does help me relax.

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  98. I like to put the radio on. Radio 4 mostly.

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  99. I have trouble staying awake, pesky MS, but my partner has problems sleeping. She's tried all sorts, but nothing is guaranteed to work at all. I know she would love to try some new ideas.

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  100. Fresh air, a warm bath or shower before bed and an active day day

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  101. I find I drift off to sleep better when I'm watching television.

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  102. Hot chocolate before bed x

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  103. Relaxing by watching some tv or playing a word game before sleep

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  104. It has to be really dark and quiet in my bedroom, and not too warm.

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  105. I have a terrible sleep pattern. At the moment, I sleep at all funny hours and nothing seems to help me GET to sleep. I currently use essential oils on my pillow and these seem to help to relax more.

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  106. Going to be before partner and getting to sleep before it starts snoring

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  107. Michael Knappett5 March 2016 at 21:52

    I sleep better with a eye mask.

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  108. I use sleep spray on my pillow and play relaxing sleep sounds to help me switch off.

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  109. A regular routine and a milky drink before bed.

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  110. Magnesium helps muscles to relax.

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  111. I have real problems switching off to get to sleep, so I try to get any problems sorted out as quickly as possible so that I don't keep worrying about them, keeping me awake

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  112. no caffine or computer at least an hour before bed x

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  113. good old malt drink i.e horlicks

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  114. i cant fall asleep without an audio book, i love listening to books in bed, i have one of those pillows with a speaker inside, so not to disturb the hubby. only prob is i tend to fall asleep and wake up 5 or 6 chapters later :-)

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  115. I do struggle to be honest but I find falling asleep with the tv on stops me from thinking too much, I set the timer and just listen to the tv, it does help

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  116. Listening to guided meditation on youtube before I go to sleep

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  117. Clean bed sheets and a warm room :)

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  118. Reading a few chapters of my book before bed always helps me drop off to sleep :)

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  119. I read - I find it makes me drift off to sleep fairly quickly

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  120. I read in bed and when my eyes become tired I turn the light out and manage to drift off after a while.

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  121. I fall asleep listening to rain and thunder sounds...it really helps me!

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  122. Lynsey Buchanan20 March 2016 at 14:43

    Reading before bed helps me to drift off

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  123. I listen to "50 tracks: Music for sleep" - Massage tribe

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  124. Being warm. I use hot water bottles and bed socks. (@PeanutHog)

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  125. I always fall asleep with the TV on.

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  126. I've got one of those place eyemasks that does help a lot but it is always getting lost :)

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  127. A good long walk during the day

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  128. Practicing mindfulness helps me

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  129. A nice glass of wine!

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  130. Definitely sleeping on a good firm mattress and a camomile tea before bed also helps

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  131. I wish I knew! ;)

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  132. The colder the bedroom the better I sleep

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  133. Having a pen and paper next to my bed, so if I remember something I can just write it down and then try and expel it from my mind - rather than worrying I'll have forgotten it by morning and thus not being able to sleep!

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  134. Putting down the ipad and phone well before bed

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  135. Not very healthy, but a medicinal alcoholic drink when it gets really bad :/

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