Thursday, 22 October 2015

How To Get A Good Night's Sleep

On Sunday, the clocks go back which is great because you get an extra hour in bed (woohoo) but it also means the mornings feel a lot darker and gloomier which can make getting out of bed seriously hard work. I feel like the only way to counteract this is by getting a really good night's sleep to try and make the mornings a little more bearable. Here's how I do that...

1) Get a decent amount of sleep
Obviously this depends entirely on the person as some people can easily function on 6 hours sleep whilst others may need a solid 8 or 9. I usually, as a rule of thumb, like to get about 8 hours of sleep. I always try and go to sleep by about half 11 and feel really groggy if I don't and struggle to get out of bed the next day. You've just got to try and get into a routine of always going to bed at the same time and, once you're in a routine, falling asleep at a set time each night will tend to just naturally happen.

2) Switch off from technology before bed
This is something I really need to make the effort to try and do because I'm kept awake from aimlessly scrolling through Twitter and Instagram far more often than I should be. The bright light from our phones and TV doesn't help with shutting our brains down and, lets be honest, I'm sure we can manage to put our phones down for at least an hour a day, right?

3) Read before bed
I used to read for about 20 minutes before bed all the time and found it really helped me to properly shut off and fall asleep a lot quicker. Many of us don't get the chance to get lost in a book at any other point in the day so this is the perfect time for it!

4) Have a calming drink
I always have a peppermint tea before bed which not only helps to calm and relax me, but it also prevents me from reaching for any late night snacks! And falling asleep on a full tummy is never easy. Avoid drinking things like coffee and fizzy drinks late at night, though, because the caffeine will just keep you awake. 

5) Make sure you're super comfy
It's such a cliche but, seriously, nothing beats fresh bed sheets! But unless you're Monica from Friends it's unlikely you're going to wash them every single day so just try and make sure your whole bed set up is just seriously comfy. We recently invested in a new mattress and it makes the world of difference. have some seriously cosy looking ones that look like they'd probably feel like laying on a cloud. Or, y'know, something like that.

6) Clear your mind
Easier said than done, right? But when your mind is ticking over with thoughts and worries and what not it can be seriously hard to shut them out and drift off. This is why I find reading really helps with this one as it helps you to just escape reality for a bit and makes falling asleep, if you've got a lot on your mind, way easier. 

Do you have any other tips for getting a good night's sleep?

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