Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Tips to help you sleep properly

For the past a year or so I've been going through phases of sleeping properly and then not sleeping so well. I've been given so much advice from everyone about how to deal with the problem but not everything has always worked for me. However, I thought I'd share it with you and give you some tips if you're struggling too. 



I'm going to be honest, the times I really struggle to sleep are because I have something on my mind. So, the main thing to do is to make sure you go to bed feeling relaxed, totally prepared for sleep and not have a million things running around your head. If you do feel like this I've very recently got into the habit of writing things down or actually speaking to someone, so they're out of your mind. 

Running a bath

I've always been one to have a bath to start my nighttime preparation. It just relaxes me and after a long day makes me feel clean before I actually do go to sleep. Using your best bath bombs, salts, scrubs, oils etc is a great way to treat and relax yourself.

Having green/chamomile tea

I've really got into having a cup of tea before I go to sleep. It's again part of my routine - not everyday but every few days - chamomile tea is supposedly the best due to it's calming properties. However, I always find myself reaching for a Pukka Teabag. They suit my taste the best - not too strong but strong enough.

Reading a book

I've also found over the past few weeks, reading a book is a great way to get yourself ready for bed. I've always been one to watch some TV to prepare myself for bed, which does work. But reading a book is of course better for your eyes and I've found it tires me out even more. My gran has a habit of getting into bed with a book or magazine and I think this wearing off on me too. 

Avoid using technology

Admittedly I've found this the hardest! It is really bad and studies have shown that if you're on phone until you fall asleep you still retain some of the light and so won't fall asleep fully and deeply. It's all about having that cut off point and no longer looking at your phone after a certain time, which believe me with Instagram I understand how difficult it can be. I'd recommend leaving your phone at least an arm lengths away from your bed, so it is an effort to pick it up if it does go off. 

Tire yourself out

Pretty obvious but if you're actually doing things during the day that will tire you out, you're more likely to get a better night's sleep. And that's what I've found myself doing for the past few weeks. Because I'm not working, I try to keep myself busy during the day by cleaning the house, cleaning my room, going for walks, exercise and volunteering at a charity shop. I find on a lot of days, I'm just ready to crash so falling asleep is no problem. 

Set yourself a time to start your wind down

Having a time when you say to yourself - I'm going to finish all my housework/evening work and start my wind down is so useful. If you're body knows this, it'll automatically get used to it. For instance, with me it usually starts once I've helped my mum clean the kitchen after dinner, I have my bath and start my wind down. It's just about calming your body down from maybe a hectic day and switching everything going on around you, off. 

Something that hasn't worked for me but worth trying...


Chamomile and Lavender spray

This was one of the first things I went out and bought - a chamomile and lavender spray for my bed. Supposedly the smells calm you down when sprayed over your pillow and bed... It did nothing for me. I could only smell the scent for a few minutes and it didn't really have any calming effect on me. But I know this could very well work for some people. 

No one likes having sleep problems but trying a couple of these things may make a difference. Everyone is different and what works for one person might not for another. So it's just about finding what suits you! 

Have you got any tips to help you sleep properly? 

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