I'm a recovering people pleaser. For the first 30 years of my life, it was part of everything I did. Every relationship, every job and every time I said yes to anything my motivation was to please. I was a shy and sensitive child by nature and my personality disposition made it very easy to slot into the pleaser role. The age of 8 is when I can remember making conscious choices to 'not rock the boat' and 'keep the peace'. I have an older brother who made my parents life very difficult during his teen years. Being 5 years younger than him, I sought give my parents peace by never causing problems, keeping quiet and by not being emotional or dramatic. Societal expectations about women compounded this in me.
I don't know about you but there are many nights when my head hits the pillow exhausted but sleep eludes me. My mind races, I toss and turn and I just can't seem to settle. Sleep statistics over the years are showing that at almost every age, we are not getting enough sleep. Scientists agree that the average adult requires 7 solid hours of sleep, however we are averaging between 5.5 hours and 6. In the U.S. alone, 50 to 70 million people suffer from sleep disorders.
There are medicated alternatives often prescribed to alleviate sleep issues but if there was a natural alternative that was effective, would we not all choose that?