Aaahhhh bed. My favourite place. I get in there every night hoping to sleep through the night and wake up refreshed. More often than not, I fall asleep too late, wake up very hour or two, and in the morning I feel even more exhausted than when I went to bed.
I don't think recent stresses, excitements and Christmas-related stuff has really helped, but there's no excuse! Let's all try to sleep better! Starting now!
• ROUTINE - you had a bedtime routine when you were a kid, so why not now that you're a grown up? I know it can be difficult, especially if you make your own schedule or work late, but try to MAKE time for it. Your body does react and adapt to routines - those of you who work 9-5 will know you often wake up at 7:30am on a weekend! Try to go to bed and wake up at a similar time everyday, and soon your body will just fall into the routine.
• RELAXING SPACE - make your bed a nice place to sleep! Make it clutter-free, comfy and dark. Make sure you have lovely, comfortable sleep wear. Try not to spend too much time there throughout the day, as tempting as it will be. It needs to be a tranquil place that you only go to when it's time for sleep.
• FOOD & DRINK - try not to eat your dinner too late, and don't have snacks (especially sugary ones!) too close to bedtime. We all know caffeine in the afternoon is a bad idea if you want to sleep well - if you have an energy crash, make a healthy snack, take a 5 minute walk outside to wake yourself up. Herbal teas like camomile are supposed to have a wonderful effect on your sleep too!
• EXERCISE - being active during the day will help you sleep better, fact. Try to get some exercise in as early in the day as you can - you don't want to work out late in the evening as the adrenaline will prevent you from sleeping until really late!
• NO SCREENS - I am so so so guilty of looking at too many screens during the day, and especially at bedtime - I often fall asleep with my phone in my hand, and a TV show on in the background. Although it can distract me from the noise in my head, it doesn't aid in a restful sleep. I need to give myself a curfew on the phone thing, and try reading instead.
• LAVENDER - I was sent this gorgeous Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and I love it. It smells amazing, and reminds me of when I was littler and couldn't sleep - my mum would put a few drops of lavender oil on my pillow. A few spritzes on your pillows, duvet or PJs and some deep breaths will help you drift off.
• GET UP! - in the mornings, get up straight away if you want to have a more productive day & feel more alert. Lazing around in bed will only make you feel more groggy and sluggish. Obviously, you don't have to do this everyday, as we all need a lie in sometimes!
• MEDITATE - this is still on my to do list for a better sleep and better mind in general. I find it so hard to switch off my mind, and I think this could really help me. I am already a great fan of concentrating on your breathing to relax and sleep, but I need to work on clearing my mind too. It's so hard to stop thinking about the never-ending to do list or upcoming exciting events!
What do you do to get a good night's sleep?
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