No one wants to have a poor night’s sleep. Many individuals struggle to get not only enough hours of sleep, but a good quality of sleep overall. There are many factors in your life that can have an impact. For example, your mattress, diet, and the screens you look at all play their part. That’s why it’s important to read up on these sleeping tips to see if you can improve your sleep.
I’ve shared sleep tips before, across various posts, but I wanted to group my ultimate good night’s sleeping 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.
Purchase A New Mattress – A Sleeping Tips Essential!
Some mattresses will suit individuals with certain ailments. If you have any back concerns, you should consider what type of mattress could interest you. It’s worth your time to speak to sleep experts to find out your options for the benefit of your health. This will help improve your sleep quality.
There’s plenty of research into back pain and the best type of mattress to use, but the results are often conflicting. Whilst it’s very much an individual choice, a medium-to-firm pressure mattress is a good place to start for those who suffer from lower back pain (the most common type of back pain).
Hip pain may be worsened by poor spinal alignment and pressure on the hip joint itself. A memory foam mattress may help relieve pressure and maintain a more natural alignment. If memory foam mattresses feel too warm (the foam tends to insulate heat), try a gel mattress with similar properties but feels cooler. Furniture Village mattresses are the most recent place to get good mattresses for me.
It’s also important to consider the fabrics that you sleep in as this is important for things like temperature control.
Wind Down & Put Away Digital Devices
Before you sleep, you should ensure you are looking at screens less. Staring at screens before you attempt to sleep will keep your eyes strained and prevent you from falling asleep. Therefore, if you want to improve your sleep levels, it will be best to enforce cut-off screen times. You could stop watching screens a couple of hours before bed, or you could look to turn on night mode on your devices, which dims the screen accordingly.
It’s important that you engage in the ritual of winding down before going to bed – a sleeping tips essential. 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.
I also find that doing my skincare routine before bed really relaxes me. Make sure you are using skincare products that will work while you sleep.
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). You could also use a scented candle or wax melts. Something I also like is to have a shower or a bath before bed – a personal sleeping tips favourite.
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. You could also try taking CBD from reputable brands such as Gold Bee – just make sure you seek a doctor’s advice if you take any other medications at all. Check out more of my favourite products to help you sleep.
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. Reading is one of my favourite sleeping tips.
Eat At The Right Time – One of The Sleeping Tips Often Forgotten
Your stomach and diet can play a major role in your sleep. You should ensure that you are satisfied with your hunger before going to sleep. With that said, you shouldn’t eat before you sleep, as this could be counterproductive. Basic sleeping tips 101.
Ensure you set regular times for meals. It allows you to get to sleep without being super full or really hungry. Timing is everything with sleep, and you should give yourself the best chance of getting a good night’s sleep.
If you have anymore tips for getting a good night’s sleep, i’d love to hear about them. Sleeping is one of my most favourite activities!
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