Let’s face it: it’s almost impossible to go about your daily routine if you’re exhausted. There’s very little that can disrupt your everyday life more than sleeping badly. Luckily, there are some things you can do to make sure that you sleep well as often as you possibly can…
Redecorate Your Bedroom
If your bedroom isn’t a peaceful haven then chances are, it’s stopping you getting to sleep at a reasonable hour and it’s time to change that. Paint the walls a calming colour like pale grey, off white or light blue – you might think that darker colours feel more like night but they’re actually often a little claustrophobic. Make sure that your surfaces are free of clutter (otherwise you’ll just be thinking about everything you have to do when you get up!). If your bed isn’t particularly comfortable then maybe it’s time to consider investing in a new one. Check out brands like Vi-Spring Beds and make sure that you’ve tested plenty of them out to find one that’s comfortable for you. If your sheets are ancient, now is the time to get yourself some new ones. If you tend to get uncomfortably warm at night then why not get Tencel sheets? They’re moisture-wicking, which means that they’ll draw any sweat away from your skin before you wake up from it – which is, of course, perfect for summer. If you find yourself waking up with an aching back or neck, it’s time for you to invest in some new pillows to stop any aches and pains, and if you tend to wake up when the sunlight comes through your curtains, try out black out blinds.
Turn Off Your Electronics
It’s been scientifically proven that using electronics before you go to bed can drastically disrupt your sleep. The blue light that emanates from them is too similar to daylight, meaning that your circadian rhythms get disrupted as your brain gets confused and thinks you shouldn’t be asleep. This means that at least an hour before you go to bed, you should turn off your laptop and your TV and make sure that you put your phone away (and definitely not in the room where you’re planning to sleep!). This should mean that you find it a whole lot easier to drop off. Try reading or knitting before you go to sleep instead of watching TV.
Change Your Bedtime Routine
Before you go to bed it’s crucial to make sure that you’re feeling calm and peaceful. Drink a cup of herbal tea and make sure you avoid all caffeine after 5 pm. You should also do your best to avoid sugar after 8 pm as it could keep you awake longer than you’d like. Take a long hot shower or bath before you go to bed, using scents like lavender to make you feel fully relaxed, and make sure that you turn down the lights so they aren’t too bright – why not treat yourself to a nice fragrant candle? Before you fall asleep, try reading a few chapters of your book – just make sure it isn’t too exciting…