I’ve shared sleep tips before, across various posts, but I wanted to group my ultimate good night’s sleep tips together, so that you have the ultimate sleep guide in one place. Getting a good night’s sleep is so important as it has major effects on your productivity, mood and mental health.
Create Your Bedroom Space
If you want a good night’s sleep, it’s essential that your bed is as comfortable and as welcoming as possible. Choose your favourite fabrics for your bed linen, and invest in an eye mask to help block out any light/distractions and tell your mind that it’s time to sleep. If your bed and bedroom is an enjoyable place that you can look forward to going to, sleep will come a lot easier to you. If you get cold at bedtime, think about an electric blanket or a hot water bottle, and if you get too warm at night, cotton would be the best fabric for you.
It’s important that you engage in the ritual of winding down before going to bed. As you are watching the last episode of that Netflix binge, stop using your mobile phone, tablet or any work activities. I’ve also found it really helpful to drink a sleep tea at this stage – when i’m just thinking that I should be heading to bed soon. Teami do a good loose Relax Tea (£19.99) and Teapigs have great Snooze Sleepy Tea teabags (£3.99). Both contain Lavender and Chamomile Flower, so they smell and taste very soothing and relaxing.
Learn how to make your own DIY eye mask
Use Sleep Aids
I have so many sleep aids that I love to use and that I rely on to calm me down at night and bring sleep easier to me. I like to spray my pillows, pyjamas and bedding with a relaxing lavender pillow mist – Neom Organics do a great one (£20). I also like to have a shower or a bath before bed. The only products I use before bed in the shower or bath are from Lush. I’m addicted to their Twilight/Sleepy scent, whether it’s in the form of a bath bomb, a massage bar, or the shower gel. It’s a malty lavender scent that’s totally dreamy and it instantly calms me down.
Read In Bed
I find it so relaxing to read in bed. It takes your mind off of the day’s events and the ‘To Do’ list for tomorrow, and it takes your mind away from the blue light emitted from electronic gadgets. Even if you just manage to read a few pages, it will still make a lot of difference. I like to use my Lumie light before bed to create a gradual sunset as I read, as this helps to convince my brain that it’s time to fall asleep.
If you have anymore tips for getting a good night’s sleep, i’d love to hear about them, as sleeping is one of my most favourite activities!
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