I love sleep. It's my second ever favourite thing, after food, obviously. One of the best feelings in the world is waking up from a really good night's sleep, but sadly not everyone experiences this, and it definitely hasn't always been that way for me either. Time 4 Sleep found that a Sunday night is one of the most stressful nights of the week, with many of us experiencing anxiety about going to work, school or college the next day, and hence our sleep suffers. So to help, here's some of my best tips for getting a good night's rest.
Switch It Off:
I'm guilty of this, but I'm always reading we should switch off our tvs, phones and laptops for at least an hour before bedtime. Personally I've been known to fall asleep checking Instagram with my phone in my hand, but if you are struggling to get to sleep, switch it all off and read a book instead.
A sure fire way to get my relaxed before bed is a hot drink. If I'm being healthy then it's usually a green or peppermint tea, but the occasional hot chocolate works wonders too.
Use Pillow Sprays:
I can't exactly testament to this one quite yet, but I've heard nothing but great results from using a relaxing spray on the pillow to help people drift off. Some good ones are from This Works or Blended Therapies.
Talk It Through:
When I was suffering with anxiety one of the things I really struggled with was sleep. I was in a bad relationship at the time and living with people I didn't really like, so I didn't feel like I could talk to anyone about it, resulting in still being awake at 4am feeling awful about having to get up the next day. It's an old cliche but a problem shared is a problem halved, and you'll never recover from having anxious feelings by letting it all build up inside you.
Make It A Place To Enjoy:
One of the reasons I find it so hard to drag myself out of bed is that I love my bedroom. I invest in good quality bedding, comfortable pillows, candles, and fairy lights to create a really lovely environment to go to sleep in. Remember to keep it clean and tidy too, and of course blow out the candles before you nod off!
What are your tips for getting a good sleep?