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6 Simple Ways To Get A Better Night's Sleep.
We all know that getting a good night's sleep is really important when it comes to mental wellbeing and our ability to function in the morning; but it's not always that easy to achieve. When your mind is racing and you just can't seem to drop off, the impending sound of your alarm clock can feel scarier with every minute.
Luckily for you, we've put together some of our top tips to increase your chances of drifting off and counting sheep on a night. Now, lie back, get comfy, and get ready to snooZzZzzZe...
No screen time before bed
Look, we're all guilty of being on our phones WAY. TOO. MUCH. But if there is one time to put the mobile down, it's before bed. Having time for a digital detox before bedtime is one way you can increase the chances of getting to sleep much quicker. Switch your phone time for a book to tire your eyes, or even try some meditation or journalling to get your thoughts in order for the next morning.
Lavender is your best friend
Lavender has long had the reputation of being a super soothing flower, which is why it's great to incorporate into your nighttime routine. Whether you treat yourself to a lavender scented candle or room spray, having this relaxing scent in your bedroom before you drift off is a great way to ensure a deeper and less disturbed sleep. You can even grab our lavender scented soap bar for a chill out in the tub before bedtime - trust us, you'll be struggling to keep your eyes open.
Get some fresh air during the day
You may finish work feeling mentally exhausted, but this may actually keep you awake much longer on a night (see above for how to switch off, mentally). One way to physically tire yourself out is by ensuring you include some fresh air in your day. Whether you take your dog for a walk, or just stroll round the block for ten minutes, that fresh air will help to tire you out before bed.
Coffee in the PM is a big no-no
Caffeine can feel great when you're getting ready for the day, but it's definitely to be avoided before bed. Caffeine can stay in your system for 6-8 hours after consumption, so it's best to ensure your last cup is before this. If you're a sucker for a hot drink at bedtime, make sure you opt for a decaffeinated alternative, like a herbal tea - your body will thank you for it later.
Maintain a regular sleep cycle
When you've had a super late night, it can be really tempting to lie in for as long as possible the next morning. The problem with this is that it will totally throw your body clock off, making it much more difficult to maintain a regular cycle when it comes to your sleeping pattern. Do your best to get yourself up at a consistent time in the morning - you'll thank yourself in the long run.
Your bedroom is just for sleeping (and sex)
Your bedroom should be your sleep sanctuary. As much as you might fancy working from bed some days, it's important that your subconscious doesn't start associating your bed with a place to have an active mind. Ensuring that your bed is only used for sleep (and sex!) is a really great way to help mentally prepare for a sounder sleep.