Today I’m talking about sleep, you know that elusive body and mind resting thing we all so desperately crave? I’ve been sleeping much better this week and I can’t emphasise enough the difference it’s made to my mood, energy levels (obviously!) and general day-to-day wellbeing.
Are you getting enough sleep? Is the shut-eye you are getting good enough to give you the refresh you need?
I’ve got 5 top tips to help you nail a good night’s sleep once and for all. If you’re interested in leaving your zombie status behind (kiddos permitting!) then read on…
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— Try a hot, relaxing beverage before bed
…but avoid stimulants like caffeine (tea/coffee) or sugar (hot chocolate or a malted drink) and instead try a calming herbal tea or plain warm milk.
I always find that hot milk tastes better and has a more consistent temperature when you’ve warmed it on the stove and I swear by Clipper’s Snore & Peace tea bags which contain a blend of chamomile, lavender and lemon balm. They really do the trick!
— Limit your screen time
I am very guilty of turning off Netflix or shutting my laptop, doing the rounds to make sure all of the doors are locked and heading straight upstairs to brush my teeth and get ready for bed. I try not to check through my newsfeeds before going to sleep but I often do and if I can’t settle within the first half hour I’ve been known to knock out a couple of levels of Candy Crush until my eyes are watering and feel strained.
It’s recommended that you avoid electronic devices for at least an hour or two before going to bed but in today’s ‘switched on’ society I think most of us fall short of this. Especially when your latest boxset addiction is calling out for you to watch just one more episode, go on, you know you want to…
A good alternative is to read a few chapters of a book to wind down in bed before going to sleep so your mind has the chance to switch off and get ready to take you to the land of nod.
— Prepare the little things
‘Failure to prepare is preparing to fail’ — Benjamin Franklin
• Keep your bed linen nice and fresh. Is there anything better than getting in to clean sheets? Try and change them more often if you think it’ll make a difference to how comfortable you’ll feel.
• Develop a quick, easy-to-stick-to skincare routine i.e. removing your make-up, cleansing and applying night cream. It’s a signal to your mind every night that it’s time to get ready to sleep and your skin will soak up the cream overnight. I always find that it sets me up with a clean, refreshed face to start the next day with as well.
• Make your bedtime drink a regular thing. Again, it’ll form part of your usual routine and remind your body that it’s time to start winding down.
• Have a think about whether you’re comfortable in bed. I suffer from a bad back following an accident I had a few years ago and I’m really picky about my mattress as it can truly be the difference between waking up refreshed and waking up as if I’ve slept on a plank of wood. If you’ve got similar issues then try adjustablebeds.co.uk for orthopaedic beds and mattresses. They’ve made this video that’s really insightful about what’s best for you depending on which way you usually sleep. I’m a side-sleeper I think, what about you?
— Invest in blackout curtains
It’s no secret that we sleep better in darkness as exposure to light disturbs sleep and tells the brain that it’s time to wake up. You can pick up blackout curtains and blinds fairly cheaply and the difference they can make to your quality of sleep is worth every penny, trust me!
Pssttt…if your little ones are struggling with the lighter nights as well, The Gro Company make their Gro Blind which is essentially the same thing for kiddos and uses suction cups/comes in a handy bag so useful for travelling (you could also use it yourself, no reason why not?)
— Treat yourself to a sleep aid
If you use a sleeping aid consistently then, in theory, your body should get the hint that it means sleep is fairly imminent. You could try a temple balm, a room diffuser, a pillow spray or herbal tablets or melts amongst other things. All of these products can help your body to relax and calm down ready for a good night’s sleep.
Do you have any advice or tried and tested tips to add to the list?
What do you swear by to help you sleep well?