Sleep Well: How To Have A Good Night Every Night

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…

27 thoughts on “Sleep Well: How To Have A Good Night Every Night

  1. I agree with you regarding the calming tea and no technology in the bedroom. I also recommend gentle stretching and meditation. I use meditation when I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep. Works like a charm.

  2. Good quality sleep is so important. I am guilty of using electronics in the bedroom and close to bedtime, and I really need to stop doing that.

  3. I admit that I am addicted to falling asleep with the tv on. I’ve been doing it since I was a teenager, and I have a really hard time sleeping in total darkness now. I’m sure it’s horrible for me, and I know it makes my husband crazy. It’s going to take some real effort to make that change!

  4. I’m far too guilty of going against these rules. And yet I know I should be doing this. I’m good with the no screens thing, and I love reading before bed. But coffee at 7pm, oops. And a late dinner. Erm. Also, my daily routine is awful, because I have an early morning, and a late night. Neither of which I can easily change. Maybe something has to give. I should take heed of your wise words.

  5. OF course I am totally reading this after a long day of work with little to no sleep and forcing myself to stay up to get all of my blogging stuff done. I used to take eucalyptus baths before bed and it was so calming and rub my body with some cooling lotion (but not so great in the winter). hahaha

  6. I normally am on my computer blogging or am on my phone right before bed, which I know is something I need to stop doing. This post also makes me want to go buy some new sheets 🙂

  7. I really need to turn off my technology and push myself to not use my phone just before bed x

  8. That’s really good tips. I am always having problem with my sleep. I guess I need to do more effort to make my bedroom more comfortable.

  9. I don’t get enough sleep at the moment but my 1 year old son is to blame. I keep reminding myself that they grow too quickly and he won’t be little forever. Need to try and make the most of the sleepless nights.

  10. This is so informative. Yes reading helps me sleep especially on nights when sleep is next to impossible. I try not to drink teas before bedtime though because waking up to pee in the middle of the night is a concern.

  11. I would say that also having a very good mattress it’s important in order to have a good night’s sleep. A good mattress can prevent back pains and can make your sleep restful.

  12. I’m practicing turning off my electronics! Sometimes I stay up thinking I’m not tirred, but if I just put my phone down I will actually passout!

  13. I always make sure I will have a good sleep. I drink milk at night, turn on some relaxing music to hear and reading a book makes me fast asleep.

  14. Very nice tips. I tend to sleep an average 4 hours a night. It doesn’t help that i sleep in the middle of a town center near a nightclub. 🙁

  15. I do love my sleep but don’t get half as much as I need since I had children. At least I fall asleep fast but that’s because i’m exhausted. Need to avoid the computer before bed.

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