Today, believe it or not, is the Festival of Sleep. A whole day dedicated to getting a good night sleep. It just shows you that sleep is incredibly important if they name a whole day of the year around it.
I know I talk about the importance of sleep a lot on here and that mostly because I absolutely love to sleep and everything about my bed but your body really does need it to function correctly.
If you struggle to get to sleep sometimes, just like I do, then you have come to the correct blog. I’ve collected a whole bunch of tried and tested tips to get a really great nights sleep. Let me know how you get on and if any of these handy tips help you nod off.
Number one tip is to read a good book before you go to bed. By avoiding the television before bed and reading a book instead your avoiding white, bright light that stops your mind from slowing down and relaxing. I love to read murder mystery novels and if your looking for a great book I recommend any Linwood Barclay novels. Constant twists and turns that even the most experienced murder mystery reader can’t figure out!
Number two, go to bed feeling clean and fresh! Wash your face and brush your teeth. This is not only great for your skincare routine but also great for your dental health. I have found that finding a great cleanser really helps me to calm down and relax before bed. It’s like a mini pamper session. I love the Emma Hardie Morgana Cleansing Balm because it just melts make-up away. I also recommend Lush’s Sleepy moisturiser if you are looking to really fall asleep fast. It’s infused with lavender which is known to be a sleep inducing smell and it really does work!
Get ready for the following day is my third tip. Don’t stress about what your going to wear the next morning by sorting all that stuff out the night before. Pack your bag and check you have everything ready to go so that when your alarm goes off your organised. Stop the morning rush when you can’t find your other shoe! Nobody needs that on a Monday morning.
Tip number four is to set your alarm and then put your phone away. I charge my phone at the opposite side of the room from my bed so that I can’t touch it once I’m in bed and when my alarm goes off the following morning I have to get up to turn it off. Yes this take a lot of inner strength to set my alarm knowing I will have to get straight up when it goes off but it’s so worth it.
Instead of watching that extra episode of The Great British Bake Off just turn the television off and get ready for bed earlier than usual. This way you will probably end up in bed earlier than normal and get a few extra winks before your alarm goes off the next morning. You know you will thank yourself for it in the morning and those extra episodes will still be there tomorrow.
I recently got given a Himalayan Salt lamp for my birthday and it has got to be one of the best gifts I have ever been given. Tip number six is to dim the lights a wee half an hour or so before you go to be to start unwinding. The salt lamp gives off a lovely calming glow which really does calm you down and makes me get to sleep a lot quicker.
Last but definitely not least, get some black out curtains or blinds. When we first moved into our current house my curtains were awful. They let so much sunlight and streetlight in so you were always woken up really early by the sun streaming in through the curtains. Since I got some really great wooden blinds and curtains there is virtually no light coming through and its brilliant. If you can’t afford to get some black out curtains then maybe think about an eye mask because they work just as well.