A perfect nights’ sleep is pretty non-existent, but a restful night is easy to achieve when you know how! A good sleep often starts the day before, find out more with my 5 tips and tricks below.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know I have suffered with my sleep for many years. I find myself waking up in the early hours of the morning, and once I’m up, I’m up! Stubborn brain.
BUT, this does mean that I have learned some fabulous tips and tricks over the years.
A Good Night Sleep Starts The Day Before
Those of you that work from home (probably most of you these days) will know that it can be hard to move from your desk and make the time for exercise or fresh air. This has a knock of effect when it comes to our sleep. Yes, your brain may be tired from a day’s work, but is your body? If you’ve spent 8 hours at a desk before moving to the sofa, it probably isn’t! The first step is to physically tire out your body so that it wants to sleep in order to recover and restore.
Let Your Body Know When It’s Time To Sleep
We have an internal body clock, so one reason you may not be sleeping is because your body clock is out of whack. This can happen if you don’t have a consistent bedtime! Whether you’re a night owl or love to be a bed early, it really doesn’t matter. Pick a reasonable time and try to stick to it as best you can. Give your body the time to adjust!
Build A Routine
The night before, it’s a good idea to create a sleep routine full of ll your favourite things – as long as they’re relaxing! Throw in a hot shower, good book, scented candle, and turn your phone on airplane mode. If you want to go that extra mile, you could use a journal to reflect on your day, make a gratitude list and do some meditation – whatever works for you!
Create Wake Up Signals For Your Body
Our bodies wake up naturally with light and heat, so an easy way to easily wake your body up is by turning on your heating. Set your heating system to turn on at 5 or 6, this should help you wake up naturally by 7, without being startled by an alarm! The Marimba ringtone still makes me jump every time… Anyone else?
Waking Up In The Night
If you struggle – like me – with waking up in the night and not being able to get back to sleep, here are a few suggestions:
Don’t touch the phone: our automatic response in life is to reach for the phone! Try not to, as the blue light can automatically wake you up, and the distractions will stop you from wanting to go back to sleep.
Turn to visualisation: Imagine your plans for the next day running smoothly in your mind from start to finish, from jumping out of bed in the morning to jumping back in it at the end of the day. Hopefully you’ll be drifting off before lunch time.
Write it down: If you struggle with mental chatter and feel like your brain is going round in circles, keep a notepad and pen next to your bed. Get all those thoughts on to paper.
Try meditation: Distract from the looping thoughts with a guided meditation. This one is great for all ages because meditation doesn’t have to be spiritual! It could be as simple as a storybook to send you to sleep, a mindfulness meditation, or a future-self visualisation. Again, whatever works for you is fabulous.
These are my top tips for sleep! Do you have any?
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