Like many of you, I’m sure, I often have trouble getting to sleep. We’ve all done the ‘if i go to sleep now i’ll get five hours sleep’ countdown and before you know it, you feel like you’ve been awake all night.
Tire yourself out. We are so often mentally exhausted at the end of the day, but it can still be hard to get to sleep. I often find that even though the last thing I feel like doing is working out, it can really help me drop off. Whether you’re a runner or yogi, or even just going for a walk to get some fresh air and clear your head.
Establish a routine, so your body associates certain activities with getting ready for bed time. So it could be taking a bath with relaxing bubble bath or one of Lush’s bath bombs as a treat. Follow with Lush’s Sleepy body lotion. It really does help, it smells amazing and is extremely relaxing. Then curl up in bed with your favourite book and a cup of tea (nothing with caffeine in it though!). I really love T2’s peppermint loose leaf tea and is great for digestion too.
Make a to do list. I find it really hard to switch off in the evening and can’t stop thinking about what i need to do. So you need to ask yourself if there is anything you can do about it now? If yes, do it so you don’t need to worry about it any more. If no, make a note of it and the time you can do something about it. If you can’t do anything about it all, then it goes on the forget about it pile!
Workout the kinks. There are plenty of great yoga in bed videos on YouTube to guide you through relaxing before you go to sleep. Can feel really great to stretch out before you go to sleep.
Resist temptation. It can be tempting to check your phone or laptop one last time but those bright blue screens stimulate your brain, keeping you awake and stopping you getting a good night sleep.
Make your bedroom a sanctuary, comfy bed and pillows, keep you room tidy and free of distractions and definitely don’t work in your room! You want to keep it a safe haven and place of relaxation.
Prepare for a good nights sleep. Try ‘This Works’ pillow spray or lavender pillow sprays can help you drift off. If the light bothers you get a nice silk eye mask or if you’re a light sleeper and the noise keeps you awake, wear ear plugs.
Don’t panic. Go to bed early so you, so if you have trouble drifting off you have plenty of time to try and get some sleep in. If you do wake up and find it hard to get back to sleep, don’t worry. You know you can survive a day with no sleep and once you get up and get going. If you find yourself tossing and turning, listen to a favourite podcast or soothing music.
Since suffering badly from thyroid disorders, I have had a lot of sleepless nights and so hopefully some of these tips will help you. But if lack of sleep is becoming a problem, I would definitely recommend you speak to your GP.
Anyone else have good tips for how to get that good nights sleep? Please add in the comments below!