FIVE STEPS FOR BETTER SLEEP

Sleep doesn't always come easy, particularly for those in a stressful job, studying for exams or looking after children. If you're anything like me, you feel tired during the day and can't wait for bedtime, yet the moment your head hits the pillow you're wide awake. Thoughts of unfinished work, dirty dishes and family problems keeping you from nodding off night after night. Having suffered with insomnia but never wanting to try sleeping pills, I've found five simple methods that have worked for me.
HOW TO SLEEP BETTER
Read a book. I'm currently reading 'The Children Act' by Ian McEwan, one of my favourite authors. If you don't usually read, try flicking through a magazine or a lifestyle book with plenty of good photography. The important thing is to stay away from your phone, TV and laptop for at least an hour before bed, as the blue light they emit can disrupt sleep cycles. 

Invest in your bedroom. If you want to sleep well, invest in good quality bedding and blackout curtains. Even if you're on a budget, you can still find affordable high-end products at places like Homesense and Dunelm Mill. Buy a relaxing candle, some fairy lights and plump cushions that support your spine, and make your bed a place you look forward to resting in.

Get into a routine. It's not always possible, but try to wake up and go to bed at the same time every day. Even if you don't feel tired, getting into bed at ten pm and reading until you fall asleep is more beneficial than watching TV until you knock out on the sofa. Stick to routines that you associate with sleep, such as taking a warm bath, having a glass of milk or massaging in a night cream. 

Use sleepy scents. I like to spritz a little of The Body Shop's Deep Sleep Dreamy Body Mist around my neck, and on to my pyjama top and pillow as I'm getting into bed. It's formulated with date extract, as well as lavender and camomile essential oils to help you sleep. You could also try burning a lavender candle or drinking a cup of strong camomile tea at bedtime. 

Write it down. If you're a worrier like me, it might be helpful to write down whatever's on your mind before bed. Scribble down tomorrows to-do list, or any ideas for blog posts in a notebook and pop it to one side. It's easier said than done, but if you can learn to leave those thoughts in that notebook until tomorrow, you will find it much easier to get to sleep. 
What do you do to help yourself sleep better?

22 comments:

  1. Some great tips! Love the sound of the sleep body mist, I shall have to try that. I usually just read until I fall asleep :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's such a relaxing scent. I do that too, but sometimes if the book is brilliant I stay up even later reading x

      Delete
  2. I can so relate to this post, I suffer from insomnia but not willing to take pills yet and the body shop product sounds like what I need to help me

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Try it, it really worked for me and I was so reluctant to try sleeping pills too x

      Delete
  3. The best thing I have done for my sleep is to turn off all electronics at least an hour before bed.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I try and do this every day, but it's so hard. I always get the urge to have a quick check of my notifications when I'm in bed x

      Delete
  4. I can't sleep when there's light/noise, so I always make sure the TV is off and it's pitch black!

    The sleep spray is a great tip though, we use lavender occasionally :)

    Emilie
    www.eatlivebreathe.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It has to be really dark for me to sleep too, I have some great blackout curtains. Lavender is great for sleep, I always burn lavender candles in the evening x

      Delete
  5. Great post, thanks for sharing!x

    www.thestylishcupcake.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. I think my problem is technology, I'm a writer, I NEED my laptop! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I lfind it so hard to stay off my phone/ laptop before bed, but it definitely makes a difference to your sleep quality if you can manage it x

      Delete
  7. I love all the sleep scents on the market; but I didn't know that The Body Shop did one- thanks x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love The Body Shop one, it smells great and it's so affordable x

      Delete
  8. I definitely need some blackout blinds for my bedroom, it gets so bright!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's so much easier to sleep in a darkened room! x

      Delete
  9. Oh wow, the body shop sleep spray sounds amazing! I love Body Shop products so I'll have to test it out next time i'm in there. I definitely need to stop using my phone before I sleep - I always say that I will have an hour without phone/computer before I sleep but it is SO hard to stick to. I used to love reading but since being at uni, I haven;t really been doing this as much as I was always having to read work related books. Now that I have finished I really want to get back into it and just half an hour or so before bed is the perfect way.

    Sarah xxx || www.whatsasssays.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Definitely give it ago, it smells amazing and it's very calming. It's really hard to stay away from electronics before bed, that's something I'm really trying to work on right now.. I know exactly what you mean about reading, if you've been studying from textbooks and journals all day you never feel like picking another book up! Summer is the perfect time to start reading again xx

      Delete
  10. This was a really great post, I'm finding at the moment I'm having a lot of interrupted nights and it's starting to drive me mad. It always seems to be if I've drunk wine the night before, or occasionally the trains are waking me up because I'm not used to them outside my new flat. Definitely going to give some of these tips a go tonight to see if it works! xo
    LJLV | UK Personal Style

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Lucy, hope some of the tips help! Wine always disrupts my sleep too, but I'm lucky enough to live in quite a quiet estate. They are building some new homes on the next street but I've gotten used to the noise now, hopefully you'll be able to tune out the trains soon enough xx

      Delete
  11. Oooh definitely great tips there! I love a good sleep mist & camomile tea x

    ReplyDelete
  12. Great selection of tips here - I don't typically struggle with sleep usually but I do get stressed easily, when I do, some of these tips are great for my to adopt

    ReplyDelete