We all need our beauty sleep to be at our best but sometimes it can be hard to come by. Follow these 5 simple tips to ease your body into sleeping and wake up feeling ready to face the day!
1. HIBERNATE BEFORE BED
Turn off laptops, tvs, notebooks and phones before bed (once you’ve turned your alarm on for the morning!) 2 hours isrecommended but try starting with 30 minutes. Screens, particularly when bright, wake up your brain, or science speak – they affect the hormones that make your brain alert. Read a book, get prepared for the next day or just be sociable and chat to your family/flatmate/dog/cat…
2. KEEP A NOTEBOOK AND PEN BESIDE YOUR BED
If you’re anything like me you have a hundred thoughts going through your brain when you lie down, sometimes I even delay thinking about something during the day because I know the only free time I have that day is when I get into bed. This really doesn’t help me get to sleep and it can be hours before I’ve thought through everything. Write everything down as you think of it and tell yourself you’ll think about it in the morning. There’s nothing you can do to change or fix anything once you’re in bed and you need your sleep so you can deal with anything you’ve written down in the morning, I promise, it helps me so much!
3. HAVE A HOT SHOWER
This will help your muscles and mind relax, feel all warm and cosy and help release some tension before getting into bed, just make sure you have a dressing gown or fluffy pjs ready or it might be a chilly dash to your room!
4. CONTROL YOUR BREATHING
This is a tip I got from a friend at university. He is not an experienced yogi (he probably doesn’t even know what that is) but a very stressed architecture student who found the only way he could block out his thoughts was to only think about how his breathing sounded, try it, it works!
5. ALWAYS GO TO SLEEP AT THE SAME TIME
This helps your body’s internal clock regulate and you’ll get a better quality of sleep. Much like a baby has to have a set napping routine, we should have a set bedtime routine. Also try not to sleep in, even at the weekend or after a late night as it will annoy your internal clock and you will eventually feel slightly jet lagged. If you’re tired have a nap rather than lie in… babies nap, why can’t we!?
Obviously there are lots of other things you can do to help – exercising, don’t drink caffeine or have huge meals just before bed – but the above are just a few that worked for me. Let me know how you get on with them or if you have any tips of your own!