10 Tried & Tested Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

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Dreary, weary and utterly exhausted. We all know the feeling well and man, does being tired suck or what? Urgh.

Aside from the overly energetic baby/toddler in the next room, there may well be some other reasons why you’re not sleeping or why your quality of sleep leaves something to be desired.

From late-night stimulants to an uncomfortable bed, today I’m taking a look at why many of us are struggling to stifle the yawns (which, by the way, are apparently contagious!) and are turning to coffee/energy drinks to coast through the day…

10 Tried And Tested Tips For A Good Night's Sleep


– You don’t need to know how drunk your cousin’s best friend is right now or how perfectly so-and-so has done her brows. It can wait until tomorrow surely? Mike and I are awful for this, often scanning through our newsfeeds in bed, no wonder we both toss and turn for half an hour! It’s just another stimulant to contend with. The blue lights emitted by electronics together with the bright screens are both particularly disruptive when trying to get ready for sleep.

I remember I used to fall asleep when I was younger clutching a good old-fashioned book. I NEED to start reading again (or stick with doing something a little more fun before bed eh? See 7 below!)

Could We Be Social Media Addicts?


– Is your linen old and bobbled? Is it not as soft as it once was? If you’re nodding your head, it may be that you need to invest in some new sheets/duvet covers. Switching to some more comfortable linen can do wonders for your sleep and there’s certainly no harm in indulging in some new bed covers to refresh your bedroom either. If the room is more appealing, sleep will be more forthcoming…

Do you get too warm in bed? Try picking cotton or linen over polyester as these fabrics are much more breathable. What’s the thread count? A higher thread count typically allows for softer sheets.

As we’ve just moved, I’ve been checking out what’s on offer to add a new spin to our bedroom. Yorkshire Linen* have a fabulous range at the moment with great value prices and only £3.95 for standard UK delivery. I’ve got my eye on the Palonia collection, patchwork always feels so homely 🙂 I’m also lusting after this gorgeous ‘Winter Floral’ bedding set from M and S, it’s beautiful.


You need to prepare your body and your mind for sleep if you’re really going to make the most of it. Have some time to relax, stop doing the housework, stop sending emails and just ahhhhh.



– I am SO guilty of this! As part of my efforts to wind down, I know that I should really remove all of my make-up and follow a good skincare routine i.e. night cream, lypsyl etc. Especially in these winter months when the cold really wrecks havoc with us ladies! Just like having clean sheets – a fresh, cleansed face is best for bed. Going to bed feeling icky isn’t going to help matters at all.

Read 5 reasons why you should ALWAYS remove your make-up HERE (and why I will be sticking to this religiously from now on!)

If you’re looking for a fabulous product to use I’d highly recommend Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water. Just grab some cotton wool pads and all of your make-up should come off super easily. You can thank me later! 😉

Fresh As A Daisy Don't Be Lazy


– It’s great to have plans and be on top of everything but at some stage we must switch off and allow ourselves to just rest and relax. Why not write your to-do list before bed rather than mentally trying to gather your thoughts later on? If you’ve got worries troubling you, talk it out with your partner/family/friends earlier on in the evening to try and free yourself of any problems that may take over your mind at bedtime. You’ve got to slow down and give yourself a break!

Obviously, I would seize this as an opportunity to buy more stationery like these gorgeous list pads/sheets from Paperchase. Too. Much. Choice – right?!


– It’s all about personal preference when it comes to mattresses. What works for one person can be hell for another causing aches/pains, restlessness and a reduced quality of sleep.

Our mattress often drives me up the wall. Mike seems to get on with it well but sometimes it can leave me feeling as though I’ve slept on a plank of wood. We only bought it recently and it was quite expensive so I think I’ll just have to learn to love it? Arghhh.


– Sex makes everybody sleepy. FACT.

How I hear you exclaim? Well, the hormones released during LM leave your body in a relaxed state making it easier for you to fall asleep. Also, your oestrogen levels increase which can enhance your REM cycle for a deeper, more peaceful slumber. Result! 🙂

Just Make Sure You Don't Fall Asleep Until Afterwards, OK?


– You know how you let your little one run around and bounce up and down all day to ‘tire them out’? Well, the same goes for us big’uns as well. Many studies have shown that people who exercise regularly spend more time in the deep, restorative stages of sleep and are more energised throughout the day. We all know the health benefits of exercise, getting round to actually ‘doing’ it is the hard thing! Remember, every little helps – even a longer walk to the park/playgroup can improve sleep quality.

I’m currently dying to get my hands on a FitBit Charge Wristband, have you seen them advertised? They track your activity levels and monitor your sleep patterns so you can review them later. There’s even a silent, vibrating alarm which allows you to wake up ‘more peacefully’. Yes please Santa 😉


– Again, I’m going back to what we do with our kids. If we try and wake up and go to sleep at around about the same time every day then our bodies WILL get used to it and we should naturally start to rub our eyes and feel sleepy when bedtime approaches. When you wake up in the morning get those curtains open and bathe yourself in natural sunlight (or wait for the sun to rise, it is winter I guess…) and when you’re relaxing before bed, keep it darker with just some mood lighting to wind down.

It’s all about the melatonin. Darkness = more melatonin = our brain gets sleepy. Natural light = less melatonin = our brain feels more awake and alert.


– It’s not actually doing us much good at all. Did you know that caffeine can stay in your system for up to 12 hours? It’s definitely something to think about when you’re knocking back a Venti at 4pm! :/ I’m going to start switching to herbal tea for my afternoon mother’s meetings I think.

Goodbye My Old Friend

Have you tried any of these tips before to help with a better nights sleep? Have you got any of your own to add to the list?

Please do let me know, I’d love to hear from you!





  1. November 24, 2015 / 11:05 AM

    I’m guilty for messing around on my phone in bed. I always check emails and social media before putting my head down and if I don’t drift off in a few minutes I’ll check it again. I sleep terribly!

    • December 17, 2015 / 9:51 PM

      Hi Daniella,
      Ah I do this too, what are we like? No wonder we’re not sleeping well!

  2. November 24, 2015 / 11:33 AM

    I am guilty of a few of these, I am terrible when I go to bed, and do suffer for it sometimes.

    • December 17, 2015 / 9:51 PM

      I hope some of the tips work for you, it’s amazing how much better you feel after a good night’s sleep!

  3. November 24, 2015 / 11:49 AM

    I totally need to try some of this tips – I never seem to manage to get a good nights sleep. x

  4. Melanie Edjourian
    November 24, 2015 / 12:20 PM

    Great tips, I could do with quite a bit more sleep although baby doesn’t help much.

    • December 17, 2015 / 9:49 PM

      Hi Melanie,
      I know exactly what you mean, you can try every trick and idea in the book but if your baby gets up, you’ve had it! :/

  5. November 24, 2015 / 6:22 PM

    I am such a rubbish sleeper, Thanks for the tips. read and will try them out 🙂

  6. November 24, 2015 / 6:45 PM

    I am rubbish at sleeping, so i will try some of these tips. Thankyou

    • December 17, 2015 / 9:49 PM

      Hi Vicky,
      I hope they work for you, it’s not good when you’re sleeping badly!

  7. November 24, 2015 / 8:02 PM

    These are all fantastic tips for a better night’s sleep. I always read in bed with a nice hot milky drink with the light fairly low. works a treat

    • December 17, 2015 / 9:48 PM

      Hi Natasha,
      Ah that sounds amazing, I need to do that, have a nice, calm and relaxing hour before sleep just reading and enjoying a warm drink!

  8. November 24, 2015 / 9:07 PM

    I have cut out caffeine, but still have the occasional treat. I have to say it has helped me enormously x

    • December 17, 2015 / 9:47 PM

      Hi Rach,
      I could do with having a go at this!
      I use coffee to help me wake up properly after a bad night but in the long run, I know it’s not doing me any good really 🙁
      I will try this in the New Year I think, have a great xmas!

  9. November 24, 2015 / 9:30 PM

    Some fantastic tips here, I always struggle with sleep

    • December 17, 2015 / 9:44 PM

      Hi Rebecca,
      Oh dear, I hope it gets better for you soon. It’s awful when you’ve not slept well, I’ve been having trouble recently too and I feel like I’m running on empty!

  10. November 24, 2015 / 9:42 PM

    My mattress is terrible – I really must change it! I have a certain Ickle Pickle hopping into bed with me at any time of the night from about 2am onwards – but I love that – we have tons of sleepy cuddles! Kaz x

    • December 17, 2015 / 9:44 PM

      Hi Kaz,
      Aw that is lovely, cuddles from teeny people are always amazing!

  11. November 24, 2015 / 11:46 PM

    I know what you mean about scrolling through newsfeeds at an hour where you should be sleeping. I am terrible for that.

  12. November 25, 2015 / 12:52 AM

    I definitely don’t have enough of a routine and its something that I wanna work on going into the new year xxx

    • December 17, 2015 / 9:43 PM

      Hi Laura,
      Best of luck, I am hoping to do the same when Lily settles down at night 🙂

  13. November 25, 2015 / 6:10 AM

    Great post Lucy. I am guilty of most of these point.

    • December 17, 2015 / 9:42 PM

      Hi Stella,
      Ah I think we all are!!!
      Thanks for your kind comment 🙂

  14. November 25, 2015 / 2:01 PM

    I am terrible for not winding down on a night, and then spend ages trying to get to sleep. I try to avoid caffeine but I like cherry cola too much!

    • December 17, 2015 / 9:41 PM

      Hi Jenni,
      Mmm cherry cola is lush, I’ve not had it for ages but now I’m craving it 🙂
      Have a lovely xmas!

  15. November 25, 2015 / 2:44 PM

    This is a great post. It made me think of all the things I do which help me not have a great nights sleep. Some great points made. Thanks.

    • December 17, 2015 / 9:41 PM

      Hi Helen,
      It’s easy to say that you didn’t sleep well but if it happens often and you really think about it, there are LOADS of things you can do to try and change it 🙂
      What you can’t change is when your little one decides to wake up or when your partner decides to try and blow the house down with his snoring eh? (or is that just me!)

  16. November 25, 2015 / 4:08 PM

    Oh I am guilty of nearly all the ten points, but it’s a lot better now. I am very addicted to my phone, so I wake up when somebody texts me at night and I’ll reply then too. In the morning, I have trouble to wake up when the alarm goes off. I am moving soon and in Switzerland I will try and get better with my sleeping routine.

    • December 17, 2015 / 9:40 PM

      Hi Nadine,
      Aw yes, new start and all that! 🙂
      Best of luck in your new home (and new country, wow!)

  17. November 25, 2015 / 9:29 PM

    I’m guilty of all of this! I just need more time to sleep! More hours in the day would be nice!

    • December 17, 2015 / 9:39 PM

      Hi Ali,
      Yep, I second that, more hours in the day would be AMAZING! 🙂

  18. November 26, 2015 / 3:27 PM

    Great tips, I am one of them people that are on social media at sillyO’clock. I do notice when I stop using social media about an hour before bed I have a better sleep.

    • December 17, 2015 / 9:39 PM

      Hi Leesha,
      It’s just so hard in such a world so dominated by technology isn’t it?
      You’re not the only one, we are guilty of this too!
      Have a fab xmas 🙂

  19. November 26, 2015 / 7:15 PM

    I always struggle with a good night sleep. I might try some of your tips and let you know if they helped.

    • December 17, 2015 / 9:38 PM

      Hi Agata,
      Please do let me know and if you have any to add I can slot those in to the article as well?
      I’m always open to feedback!
      Have a wonderful xmas 🙂

    • December 17, 2015 / 9:37 PM

      Hi Jacqui,
      Oh dear, I hope you’re sleeping much better now?
      Have a lovely xmas! 🙂

  20. November 28, 2015 / 8:15 PM

    I’m guilty of playing with my phone until all hours. It completely wreaks havoc with my sleep routine. I need to spend more time unwinding more

    • December 17, 2015 / 9:35 PM

      Hi Zena,
      I know, Mike and I are always sat in bed on our phones too! 🙁
      We need to stop but we’re always ‘just checking’ this or that, it’s hard isn’t it?
      Have a fab christmas!

  21. July 13, 2016 / 6:45 PM

    I could not agree more with this, I’m really bad about avoiding my computer before bed. In fact, most nights I’ll fall asleep with the computer on my lap. So bad!

    • July 15, 2016 / 9:52 PM

      I know it’s hard isn’t it?
      I’ve just started to read before bed and it seems to be helping a little
      X X

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