In our busy, ‘always on’ world, it’s not surprising that most people find it very hard to actually get to sleep at night. Seemingly, people today seem to be more tired than ever, it’s almost become a state of being. This is so unhealthy! And has such a negative impact on our mental capacities.
I have struggled with getting to sleep in the past. I used to lie in bed tossing and turning until I felt more awake than I did through the day! And most people say that they experience their worst anxiety at night. This is because our mind is slowing down, and so the subconscious has more space to roam around thoughts like “did I do _______ okay?”, “did I lock that properly?” and “I wonder if I made a fool of myself when…..”.
Nowadays, I fall asleep after 30 minutes of getting into bed. And it’s almost unbelievable, as some nights it could have been two hours before I fell asleep. Today, I’m going to share with you the techniques I’ve used to get a better night’s sleep.
There’s a reason aromatherapy has become so popular as a relaxation technique. It really works!! It’s best to start off with relaxing scents like lavender, chamomile and vetiver. But go with whatever you like and whatever relaxes you, sometimes I like peppermint before I sleep because it calms me down.
Meditation for Sleep
I know I’m like a broken record here. But meditation has so many benefits, and one of those benefits is that it can really help you sleep. Every single night, I do a ‘deep muscle relaxation’ exercise through the app Calm. A meditation dedicated specifically to getting you asleep will calm down your body and mind simultaneously resulting in you drifting off to sleep.
Turn off Your Phone
With smartphones, the world is constantly at our fingertips. When you’re half asleep and you hear your phone buzz with a text, tweet, or email, it can be so tempting to check it. I’ve started to set my iPhone to the ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode, which really helps in getting to sleep. I’m not distracted by a buzz or ‘ping’ that breaks your relaxation. You’ve no idea how much this one helped in particular!
Make Your Bed Somewhere You Relax
If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself occasionally working / studying on your bed. If at all possible, please try not to do this. It confuses your brain to go into ‘work mode’ whenever you’re at your bed. Try setting aside a space at a desk or table where you can work or study and keep your bed purely for sleeping (and whatever else relaxes you…)
If you’re one of those people who need complete darkness to sleep, sometimes during the summer months it can be really hard to drift off. If you don’t have black-out blinds or a very dark room, I would recommend using a sleep eye mask. These completely block out the light and personally, I would recommend trying out Space Masks. I did a review of them a week ago and if you enjoy using eye masks, you’ll love this one!
Get Up Earlier
This one is pretty self-explanatory. I get up very early at about 5am, but even if you set your alarm a half hour earlier than usual. This will make it much easier to actually sleep when you get into bed at night, in my experience!
A good mattress and proper bedding are hard to beat. You’re not going to get your best sleep until you have a mattress that suits you and your needs. Similarly, if you’re sleeping with the wrong weight duvet, or pillows that aren’t giving you the support you need, you’re going to wake up sore, stiff, and not properly rested. It seems like a big investment right now, but it will pay off in leaps and bounds, I promise you!
Establish a ‘Night Time’ Routine
You would be so surprised at how much a ‘night time routine’ can help you. It tricks your body into winding down when you do the same things before bed in a routine. Some things you could include in this routine are a bath or shower, doing your night time skin routine, lighting some candles, or even reading.
Those are all of the tips and techniques that I’ve been using to get a better night’s sleep recently. Do you have any tips? I’d love to hear from you!
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