I explain in some detail in my new book 222 Ways to Trick Yourself to Sleep why a warm bath can help you sleep (spoiler alert: it’s to do with the drop in core body temperature when you get out of the tub). But what you put in your bath can help the process along nicely, too.
Really spoil yourself while you soak (plus send yourself sleepy) and try Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil. The gorgeous blend was created by the founder of the luxury brand to address her own insomnia and it’s packed with top quality essential oils which have been linked to helping send you to sleep – think vetivert, sandalwood and camomile.
Try massaging a capful of the deliciously scented oil to your body before sinking into a warm bath or stepping into a shower and as the oil mingles with the warm water, deeply inhale the scented steam. Bliss.
When you get out, pat yourself dry, then lavish your limbs with Aromatherapy Associates Relax Body Oil. Camomile and ylang ylang oils give off a supremely sweet and calming scent. Breathe deeply and slowly as you apply. Then spend two minutes inhaling the scent from your cupped hands. The oil is almost instantly absorbed so you can now pop on your pyjamas and drift off to dreamland.
For plenty of tips, tricks, strategies and tactics that can help you fall asleep and stay asleep, see my new book 222 Ways to Trick Yourself to Sleep