As a child we hate it.
I remember so many sunny evenings spent running around when I was supposed to be in bed... along with the constant 'but muuuuum. It's still light outside.
As a teenager, most spend too much time sleeping.
I will admit I did always find it a struggle to get up for school, but the weekends were a different matter. If I wasn't away on a course and waking up at 0500 to go for a march, I was going sailing with my local Sea Cadet unit and couldn't wait to leave the house.
As a student, I reached peak teenager and could sleep all day if I wanted... usually with a hangover.
Then, as I reached second year, sleep became an issue. My sleep pattern took a hit from nights out, late hours in the library, movie nights and probably a little too much alcohol. I'd stay awake until 0500 and then sleep til midday. However, in third year I had my dissertation to write and trying to do that with no sleep was nigh on impossible.
Now? I work full time. I adore my job. Maybe it's because I enjoy my work, but I find it hard to switch off. It's usually about ten minutes after my head hits the pillow that my brain goes in to overdrive and decides that now is the time to be thinking about things that aren't even happening for a week.
The thing is, now I'm 25 and working/gymming etc... I love my bed. I never want to leave my bed and if I don't sleep well during the week, all I want to do on Saturday is sleep.
I tried all the tricks in the book... Yoga poses, deep breathing, lavender oil (which sort of worked and if nothing else made my bed smell lovely) and none of them worked well.
Everyone raved on about herbal tea and my mum recommended Clipper 'Sleep Easy' Tea to me whilst I was up at 0300 complaining to her once. I kept taking Nytol but didn't want to be having to!
Clipper (link here) describe it as
"A refreshing and distinctive infusion with cinnamon, chamomile, valerian and other natural herbs enhanced with natural orange flavouring. Naturally caffeine free. Contains natural herbal ingredients that can help promote and maintain healthy sleep in conjunction with a balanced, varied diet and a healthy lifestyle"
I was dubious at first, but now it's my go-to if I'm struggling to switch off and sleep. It tastes lovely, knocks me out almost instantly and I sleep straight through. The best thing about it is that no medicine is required.
I've since recommended it to a few friends and they've all had much the same results.
If you struggle sleeping why not give it a go. I'm no Doctor and I realise some people obviously have issues tea cannot help, but if nothing else it's a warm relaxing drink for the evening!