Monday, 14 December 2015

8 ways to get a more restful sleep.



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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13 comments

  1. Love this post, I need to work on an evening routine and getting out for some fresh air and exercise early in the day. One thing I've found really helpful is to set two alarms on my phone in the evening - the first goes off at 10pm, and is to let me know it's almost bed time and I should start finishing up on the computer, and the second is at 10:45 and in theory I should be in bed reading by then. It obviously doesn't always work out that way, but it's still a massive improvement on before, when I would often notice I was tired, glance at the clock and realise it was somehow 1am!

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    1. I've never really thought of having an alarm for going to bed! That is a good idea, because you can sometimes get so caught up and distracted that before you know it, it's 12:30am and you're still up doing stuff! x

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  2. I really need to try some of these things, I have struggled with sleeping well recently, thanks for sharing

    Steph x

    Inspirationsandme.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Love these tips!
    xx Alyssa
    visionsofnyc.blogspot.com

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  4. I bought some lavender pillows yesterday and am going to put them in bed, so hopefully they will help me get to sleep more quickly!

    Jemima x
    anotherrantingreader.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Those lavender pillows sound lovely! I hope they're working x

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  5. As someone who struggles to get to sleep I love reading posts like these. I am the worst for not having a proper routine and sometimes I am really bad for staying up late watching Grey's Anatomy (damn you Amazon Prime). I actually have that pillow spray which I love, I also have some camomile tea before bed as well which always relaxes me. xx

    http://www.daydreamsofsummertime.co.uk/

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    1. I'm the same - I get so involved in watching something or doing something! x

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  6. I'm sooo bad at going to bed early and getting up early too! I'd really like to make a proper routine for myself and a set time that I go to sleep - my bodyclock seriously needs resetting! Lovely post :) x

    Polly Cat Contemplates

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  7. Read this right on time for bed!!

    I am so guilty of the crazy amount of screens right before going to bed.. It's terrible and it does make a huge difference whenever I read before bed instead. Meditating also works wonderfully! I recommend it a hundred percent!

    xx
    http://landofpermanentbliss.blogspot.com.br

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    1. Will definitely have to try meditation. I'll do it in the new year, if not before! x

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  8. I really loved this post and these tips! Your room looks so tranquil and cosy! I am especially guilty of watching TV in bed and spending a lot of time in my bedroom!!

    - Holly
    x

    http://iblogthefashion.blogspot.co.uk

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