Are you looking for a good night’s sleep?
Did you know, Netflix’s main competitor isn’t another TV streaming service, it’s sleep. We live in a 24 hour world, more than ever before. You can check your work emails at 1am, you can order your food shopping at 5am, you can look up that health problem that’s been bothering you before you go to bed. But, that doesn’t mean you should. Especially if you want a good night’s sleep.
Getting enough sleep may impact other areas of your life. When you are tired, things feel harder. Decisions are harder to make. Food choices are more likely to be poor. Mood can be low. Lack of, or poor quality sleep can even be linked to depression and anxiety.
If you are looking to get a good night’s sleep, then there are a few things you can do to help. In this blog, we are going to share our top tips. These are all tips that have directly worked for Rachel, our founder, who has struggled with sleep.
Get some essential oil and out a few drops on your pillow or in your bath. It’s an anxiety reliever and as a sedative, which can help increase relaxation and feelings of calm. You can even buy lavender tea, which is delicious!
Add a camomile tea to your bedtime routine. Avoid caffeine past lunchtime as this can stay in your system right up to the evening. Add a few drops of CBD to your tea for the ultimate sleepy boost.
A weighted blanket is designed to relieve anxiety and increase happy hormones. If it is helping you sleep then it should well increase feelings of happiness!
Avoid replying to emails in the evening, just because you can and have your work phone on, whatever it is, can wait. Try to step away from the computer or work phone at least two hours before you are hitting the hay.
Write a work todo list for the next day
Before you sign off for the day, write yourself a list for tomorrow. This will help you get your thoughts in order.
Write in a journal
Writing a diary can help you to get your thoughts clear. If you have lots of worries or things going on in your life, bullet write a bullet point list of them. Writing it all down is always a nice reliever.
Doing the same thing each night tells your body it’s almost bedtime, you probably do this without thinking but make an effort to stick to a routine. A bath, skin care, reading. We do this for babies and children, we should really be doing it for ourselves too.
Read a book
Just a few pages of a book is the perfect escapism before bed. Watching an intense drama or scrolling through the gram is only going to keep you up, or in my case, cause nightmares!
Download a sleep app
This may or may not work. Some people enjoy a little white noise, whereas others find it annoying. Check out Headspace or Calm. Both have sleep stories which are designed to send you off to sleep.
Is light getting in the way of your sleep, or causing you to wake up early? A sleep mask could help. Also, as someone who has worn one since she was 6, there is something comforting about having something over your face!
Are you having trouble sleeping? What has worked for you to help you get a good night’s sleep?