Can’t sleep? I need YOU!

Can’t sleep? I need YOU!

I had an awful night of insomnia last week.  The worst ever.  Probably due to my giving up caffeine for several weeks, and then succumbing to delicious espresso in Italy last week.  Ok, not just one espresso… four of them.  (But they tasted so good!)  I was up all night staring at the ceiling, willing myself to go to sleep, with no luck.  I was not a pretty sight the next day.

Luckily I rarely have problems sleeping.  But after an informal poll of my friends, I found that getting enough sleep, and getting good quality sleep, is something a lot of women struggle with!

We’d all like to get a good night’s sleep without taking medication and without feeling groggy in the morning.  I think this is possible through simple home remedies and lifestyle changes – but which ones work the best?   I’m launching The Sleep Experiment to find out!

Click here to join the sleep experiment!

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Amanda Cook is an author, entrepreneur, and alchemist. She helps successful women create lives of meaning & magic by connecting with the seasons. Her work has appeared on BBC Radio 4, The Sunday Telegraph, Natural Health UK Magazine, and more. Learn more at

Amanda Cook is an author, entrepreneur, and alchemist. She helps successful women create lives of meaning & magic by connecting with the seasons. Her work has appeared on BBC Radio 4, The Sunday Telegraph, Natural Health UK Magazine, and more. Learn more at

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  1. Thank you Rozenn, I have started taking bicarbonate of soda in water every night and am now sleeping through the night and no night sweats either. :-)))

    1. Hi Pam,
      how bad was your insomnia? how long have started the baking soda treatment? is it still working? thanks.

  2. Hi ladies! The only natural ways I know to fall asleep or to sleep well is, of course the basic of trying to meditate, stretch, or yoga before bed. But if those haven’t worked for you, have any of you tried Melatonin tablets? It’s natural in your body, but sometimes we just need that little extra boost to fall asleep or stay asleep. Works well every time! Also, I couldn’t sleep AT ALL right after I had my son…I know I know, this is totally different because of my hormones all out of whack from delivering. So my doula recommended to me about the Traditional Medicinals Chamomile with Lavender Herbal Tea, worked like a miracle drug! They also have a Nighty Night tea, but for some reason that doesn’t work as well for me as the Chamomile. Hope this helps!

  3. Hi Rozenn, thanks for the tips! I’m going to investigate this baking soda remedy as a possible one to test!

  4. My boyfriend has used a sleep gadget called Zeo. It’s a head band with a piece that monitors your brain waves while you sleep and plots it on a graph for you to see in the morning what kind of sleep you’ve had (there’s a score given by the machine), how much deep sleep, how long you took to fall asleep etc.
    It’s not cheap but my darling swears by it. It really helped him identify what affected his sleep (the day before) and what didn’t.

    There are intolerances that are too subtle to spot consciously but strong enough to disturb sleep. (That’s where bicarbonate of sodium comes in handy, by preventing intolerances). We’ve been able to test that theory with the Zeo.

    I hope it helps other people with their sleep.

  5. I’d like to share with you a ‘natural remedy’ that has revolutionized my sleep. It’s bicarbonate of sodium or baking soda (and not baking powder – different things).

    Because I have M.E. /C.F.S. (a condition considered incurable) my sleep was über light, waking up all the time, having the most horrendous nightmares all night, night sweats (totally drenched), and waking up in the morning feeling exhausted and drained.
    Because of my condition, I already had a near perfect sleep hygiene to no avail.

    But my darling, while looking at remedies for heartburn, stumble on websites that quoted the benefit of bicarbonate of sodium for sleep and for M.E.!!

    Since taking a teaspoon of bicarbonate with a glass of water every night before brushing my teeth, I sleep through the night, I don’t have nightmares (or very few minor ones sometimes) and my sheets stay dry.
    You have no idea the relief. Also, I cope with alcohol now – it doesn’t ruin my night and make me feel ill anymore! I can have a glass of wine with dinner and sleep just fine!! First time in 2 years 1/2

    Note that it doesn’t taste good and makes you burp. It’s also not recommended if your blood pressure’s on the high.

    It acts by making your body fluids alkaline, which is what they should be for optimum body function. That is what they give you in hospital to avoid risks of intolerance and allergies to what else they give you. They even inject it around cancerous cells because cancer cannot develop in alkaline environments!
    It also work with skin conditions if you take baths with loads of the stuff in it (for baths, you can use the bulk boxes you find in cleaning departments)

    More information here:

    1. Hi Rozenn,

      are you still drinking the baking soda nightly? thanks, i am searching for a cure for my insomnia.

  6. Hi Everyone, if you haven’t already, would you please sign up for the Sleep Experiment using the signup box in the blog post? Then you’ll be sure to get all of the info on how to participate. Thanks!! Amanda

  7. When I’m having trouble sleeping, I get up, have a hot milk, and that usually does the trick.

  8. Hi! I actually have very rarely sleeping issues, I tend to fall asleep in less than a minute, wherever, whenever. I know, I’m very lucky.
    However, I had some issues during bad periods of my life, and still wake up sometimes at 4am or so. On thing that really worked for me in those days was to use some relaxation technics I had learnt in hypnotherapy. It basically consists in focusing in the maximum relation of an extreme partof your body, say your toes. Then as you start feeling pins and needles in that part, you decide (I love the fact that you can decide it) to relaxe the whole end of feet up to the middle of the feet, etc. By the time I’m at knee level, I would normallybe aleep. I guess it focuses your thoughts and relaxes you? it can be done with parts of the face too, etc.

    Another thing, maybe for Sarah: when I was taking part to these hypnotherapy sessions, there was a clock, and I couldn’t “fall asleep” (ie. get into hypnose) because i was focusing on it. I talked to the therapist about it, and she just told me “maybe this noise is meant to go along with your sleep, be with you in your sleep (translation is hard here!)”. But somehow, it never bothered me ever again, and every time I’m in a room about to fall a sleep and starting to focus on a noise, I think of this sentence and the noise “goes along” my falling asleep, it’s fascinating. I wounder if it works with light? The thing is that the IDEA of being stuck being awake upsets you, and it’s the fact that you’re upset that stops you from falling asleep often, not really the light or the noise… I don’t know, just a thought.

    I would be a bad tester for te trial, knowing my current sleeping habbits that make me look like a stone as soon as I go in bed…

    Goood luck to thoses struggling with these issues.

  9. I would love to try it! I have an issue which keeps me from sleeping and i am now on medication, for something else, that helps me sleep. I am willing to forgo the meds in order to try some natural remedies. I wont be able to do it for the next two weeks solid, but i will keep a journal the nights i do try it.

    So count me in! and i will see if i can get some other people on board.

  10. I have trouble falling asleep, even if I am tired at the end of the day. I’ll get ready for bed around 9:30-10, read something for a little while, hoping I can fall asleep in about half an hour or so, but it’s usually around 12 or 1 am that I fall asleep. Part of it has to do with the fact that my boyfriend is on his computer in bed until the wee hours and the light keeps me up, because my sleep mask just doesn’t cut out the light. I have to wake up early, so this whole not falling asleep until early morning is not work for me.

    Long story short, I’ll volunteer!

    1. I was the same way for years… I don’t sleep until it is day time. If you have any allergies or similar breathing problems, and can’t sleep at night it might be becuase your body releases histamines around 4am and it may be waking you up. if i am not asleep before 2ish i wont be going to sleep at all. 🙁
      And for some reason over the counter allergy medz made it worse. I take a prescription now which is meant to help with sleep/allergies/asthma combined. maybe we should try some natural anti-histamines for this project?

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