Infertility & the busy mind: How to catch some zzzzz’s

For a few years a full night of sleep was a very rare thing for me. I have finally been able to achieve this great feat. For anyone else who may have trouble sleeping, today I share a few tips from Dr. Marilyn Glenville.

My magic recipe involves lavender aromatherapy under my nose and listening to a meditation in bed, after the lights are out, every single night. I fall asleep and I don’t wake until the next day. It’s a miracle!

The Real Reasons You Can’t Sleep – Part 1

More than 25 per cent of the UK suffers from some form of sleep disorder which prevents them from getting the recommended six to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep that the body needs to function properly.  Studies show that physical and mental health rapidly deteriorates when you take sleep away.  Over the next 3 health tips I will be giving you a few reasons why you might not be sleeping properly.

Sleeping in the wrong position.  The position you sleep in can have an effect on your quality of sleep and according to research the key to a good night’s sleep is to keep your body in a midline position.  So if you sleep on your side try putting a pillow between your knees to help support your hips.  If you sleep on your back, place a pillow under your knees to offload your lower back and always try to avoid sleeping on your front.
The Real Reasons You Can’t Sleep – Part 2

Alcohol.  Although alcohol can act as a mild sedative it is one of the causes of poor sleep if you drink too much.  This is mainly because of the strong diuretic effect which will leave you with a full bladder and raging thirst half way through the night.  Alcohol also quickens the heart rate, which makes you wakeful and restless so instead of having a drink to wind down, why not try a tea made from soothing herbs such as chamomile, valerian and hops.  If you really want a drink, try sticking to and savouring one small glass of organic wine.
The Real Reasons You Can’t Sleep – Part 3

Being a woman!  A recent study from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy found that women were significantly worse at getting a good night’s sleep than men.  This is due to various sleep stealers such as snoring partners, restless children, and the inability to switch off from juggling the demands of family life and career.  The homeopathic remedies coffee and arsenicum can help when you feel sleepy during the day and anxious at night.  Alternatively, consult a qualified homeopath.


  1. Very interesting. By the way have you read Dr Marilyn’s book Getting Pregnant Faster” it is also very good.
    My gran used to make lavender bags to put under our pillows, you made me remember that now.
    Sleep well!

    1. Dr. Glenville’s book is definitely on my “to be read” list, it’s a big list 🙂 And I love the idea of lavender bags under pillows. What a wonderful Gran you have!

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