Sleeping is one of my favourite things to do at this time of year. Sometimes it’s easier said than done though. If like me you walk around half asleep, thanks to the long dark days, actually getting to sleep at a reasonable hour can be a complete pain. I’ve manage to nail making mornings easier and I’ve moved onto working on my sleep. Today I thought I’d share 5 ways to get a better nights sleep.
Routine – Perhaps it’s because I’m inanely organised but I love a good routine. It trains your brain to associate doing certain things with a certain time of day. It’s all personal choice but I know if I take my make up off around 9pm, get into my pyjamas and dressing gown. My brain will know that it’s almost bedtime and I’m more likely to sleep. If I’m not too tired once I’ve done this I’ll pick up a book or try to do something to tired myself out. So get that routine nailed and train your brain to thinking bedtime in the evening.
Atmosphere – If the room is messy, too hot, too cold or just not quite right, the chances are you’re not going to be sleeping well. If you’re anything like me you’ll be stressing about the mess. Just before I go to bed I tidy up my floordrobe and put things away. I make sure the room has had some sort of fresh air and then I turn the heating down. Hamish is like a radiator so if I leave the heating on I’ll be a sweaty mess all night. Clean and fresh sheets are always a winner too. I try not to do anything other than relax in my bedroom, which helps the brain associate it with sleep. So if you have the pace in your house, work or study in another room – I bet it’ll help you sleep.
Scents – For days when I’m awake right before bed I reach for the Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax bath and shower oil. I’m not normally a shower in the evening girl but covering myself and this and jumping in the shower completely relaxes me. Sometimes I just take the lid off of the bottle and let it work its magic. I know a lot of people are a fan of lavender pillow sprays so if that works for you go for it! Personally I can’t stand the smell of lavender. Finally, burning a scented candle helps me unwind and reading helps tire me out.
Clothes – Screw looking good… comfort is key to a good night sleep! Invest in a good dressing gown too (mines here) as it’ll make you feel cosy, warm and sleepy. Clean, fresh and super soft bed sheets will help you sleep too.
Stop stressing – If I can’t sleep and I’ve done all of the above – it’ll be because I have something on my mind. Write down or say out loud what’s bothering you. Then tense all of your muscles and slowly relax them one by one. This sends me off to sleep like a baby.