Sleep is one of the most important and best things we can do for ourselves. Yet with our stress levels rocketing, our days getting longer and our intimacy with our mobile phones at night time, it’s no wonder so many of us aren’t getting a good nights sleep.
I am relatively good with making sure i get my eight hours, otherwise i’m cranky and unpleasant although it isn’t always easy. I have however, picked up some tips along the way, i hope some of these help you!
My first tip is make your bedroom the best it can be. Create a safe, comfortable environment for you to settle down. Try and keep your bedroom tidy and clean, it should be your safe space and you should feel settled when you’re in your bedroom. I live with my family so my bedroom is the only room i have creative control over the interior and since i’ve started taking so much pride in my bedroom, i feel more content in it.
Equally, indulge in your bed. Make sure you have good quality pillows and a duvet. I bought myself a goose feather duvet and it’s one of the best things i’ve ever bought. If you feel like you’ve not been sleeping great, treat yourself to new pillows or a new mattress topper. Chances are you’ll be excited to sleep that night, to try out your new pillows.
Speaking of feeling safe, you’re more likely to get a good nights’ sleep if you lie on your non-dominant side with your dominant arm draped over you. For example, if you’re right handed, sleep on your left side with your right hand over your side. Subconsciously you will relax because your dominant hand is ready to protect you.
Set yourself a time where you will be in bed and a time your light will go out.
Stick. To. It. On a weekday, i’ll be in bed for 9.45 and my light goes out ,at the latest, 10.30. It doesn’t matter what i’m doing, it can wait until the morning. Doing this makes it so much easier to get into a routine and your body will be ready to rest at those times.
An average humans sleep cycle is 90 minutes. To get the best nights’ sleep possible, you will have completed your first cycle by midnight. In theory if you go to bed at 10pm and wake at 6am, you’re going to have a better nights sleep than someone who goes to bed at 11am and wakes at 9am.
You can get apps to track your sleep cycles. I used to have an alarm app which woke me up when i was in my lightest sleep. So i’d set an alarm between 6.30am-7am and at whatever point in those thirty minutes i was at my lightest sleep, my alarm would go off. This is a great one if you struggle to get up in the morning but you need that extra half hour, give or take.
Then there is the good old advice that you’ve heard a million times before. Have a bath before bed. I absolutely love the ‘Sleepy’ moisturiser from LUSH. It’s enriched with Lavender but it’s not too strong, it’s rich and indulgent but does take a long time to soak in to your skin!
Lavender is supposed to help you sleep, why not burn a lavender candle or get a room/pillow spray to help you sleep.
My last piece of advice is the one that no-one wants to hear. Put your phone down. I read that all social media icons are blue because blue keeps you awake. Not sure if that’s true but we all lose hours, bouncing from one social to another when nothing is actually happening. Twitter is much more interesting in the morning if you don’t check it half an hour before you go to bed.
That’s my tips for how to get a better nights sleep. Let me know if you try any of these out and they help you. I really hope you get a better nights sleep and wake up fresh and ready to smash this week!
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– Gemma Lynsey
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