Sleep for optimal wellbeing

I think we have all heard and know that getting enough sleep is essential for optimal wellbeing. We know not to use screens before bed, go out in daylight and all the recommendations. That doesn’t help much when you wake up and are wide awake at 3 or 4 am. Especially now when many people are feeling the January blues. It’s even harder to feel positive when you are lacking in sleep. It’s tempting to reach for the iPad or phone, but that may wake you up even more. So, what to do? I have never been a good sleeper, but these are some of the things I do. Before going to bed I put a drop of lavender essential oil behind each ear. When waking in the early hours I do some relaxing techniques like start to tense groups of muscles one at a time and then relax with a deep breath from top to toe. Breathing exercises like counting down from one hundred while taking deep breaths. Another one is breathing in at a count of two and out to a count of four. If you have trouble falling asleep in the evening, then I find that sleepy time teas or melatonin can help you fall asleep. Do you have any great tips to share?