For some people It’s hard to just switch off and sleep and I can be one of those. I’ve had many nights just lying awake with my thoughts racing away in my mind which then stresses me out as I look at the clock and see it’s 2am and I need to be up at 6am/7am, which then makes me worry about how the hell am I going to get up in the morning. Can you relate?
A few years ago whilst I was doing my A levels I suffered really bad with insomnia. I think this was caused by stress and pressure of getting into uni and I used to lie awake almost every night at 3am, just nothing helped me sleep and I used to cry about it because I’m not a morning person and I really need sleep to function well. Luckily I grew out of this once I had my life on track because I didn’t get into the uni I wanted it did all worked out in the end. I’m a firm believer of everything happens for a reason. If this sounds like you right now a good tip someone told me was to stay away from your bedroom as this is the room I practically live in so I only went into my bedroom to sleep not chill. I feel like I have gained enough experience on trying to get to sleep since then which is why I want to give you some personal tips on how I wind down for the night to avoid this nasty insomnia.
Having a bit of me time relaxing in the tub really helps the state of mind to calm down and start feeling sleepy before going to bed. I read that having a bath an hour before bedtime helps your body temperature drop faster and is more likely to put you in a deep sleep.
Turn off electronics before getting in bed
Okay, I am guilty of this one. As soon as I get into bed I was always on my phone when the lights were off checking Twitter, Facebook, Instagram as we all love social media and before you know it, it’s gone past 12 and I then hate myself for what’s going to happen in the morning the same applies to watching tv so I needed to change this routine by not going on my phone once I’m in bed.
Read a book, magazine or blogs
I’ve started reading my kindle at night again and I’ve noticed many things by doing this, yes it makes me sleepy which was the aim but by keeping my brain active I now think less at night and drift off much quicker and I’ve gotten back into reading books again which I love, especially when you get hooked and can’t put it down which then you need strong will power to call it a night am I right bookworms?
This is by far one of my favourite things when I climb into bed, I don’t know what it is about freshly washed scents off my sheets and how fluffed my pillows are just really help me feel relaxed and comfortable. Being comfortable is key to drifting off as there’s nothing worse than tossing and turning because you can’t get comfy
I don’t do this every night because I don’t want to get used to it but when I do use it, I wake up and can tell I’ve been in a deep sleep if that makes sense, because I’m a much heavier sleeper and find it harder to wake up. All I do is spray a few pumps of this on my pillows or my new favourite which is burning a lavender candle whilst reading and this helps you to drift off quickly and for some time I got put off the smell of lavender but now I love it again.
Either Mondays or Wednesdays I do Zumba sessions for an hour and because of this I feel really tired and achy afterwards which always helps me to sleep well, so by doing exercise weekly can be so beneficial for your body and mind not just to sleep well.
Use an sleep eye mask
I recently picked up a lovely new eye mask which was from River Island if anyone was wondering, what drawn me into to buying this was 1. IT HAS A CAT ON IT yes I’m a crazy cat lady and I literally ran to this when I saw it and 2. it’s black. I have so many flashing lights and things in my room at night whilst my life is on charge and this can be quite distracting, so by sleeping with an eye mask on at night blocks all light which can lead to waking me up this is going to be great in summer.
Hope these tips help you and let me know of anymore in the comments