I’ve realised I’m blessed in this department because as soon as I hit the pillow I sleep, and wake up rested, but I’ve also experienced sleepless nights which drove me insane, and it got me thinking of the importance of a good nights sleep. Here are some ideas, whether you have serious trouble sleeping, or just want to make use of the night as part of a healthy lifestyle. They are all well known, but just like people need a constant reminder to drink plenty of water every day – to keep their body and skin hydrated – this is simply a push in the right direction for a good night sleep.
- Start by looking at your day- if you are stressed or worried it will cause tension which makes it hard for the body to relax and fall asleep. Work-related thoughts need to take a step back until the next day, as there is nothing you can do about them in that moment. Worrying about someone or something will only seem bigger the day after if you are not rested. Tell yourself you need to be re-charged in order to face whatever troubles you may have. Picture yourself in a more stress-free environment and work towards finding a balance.
- Spend as much time as you can outside in daylight, take a break from computers and office light whenever you can, or let in natural light, this will make you naturally tired as oppose to staring-into-a-screen- tired.
- Prepare your bedroom for a good nights sleep – clean sheets, cool temperature, dark and free from noise. Invest in a proper pillow and mattress if they are causing you to feel stiff and tensed when waking up.
Find a ritual before going to bed- take a warm bath or shower using relaxing bath oils, light an aromatherapy candle or use essential oils in a diffuser, listen to calming music or nature sounds, read a book/listen to audio-books or relaxing talks. Using a sleep mask also helps to remove any light.
- Avoid alcohol or limit your intake to 1 glass/day, don’t drink anything that contains caffeine after 2pm, avoid time in front of the computer or TV (or any screen) and smoking.
- Chamomile tea and a handful of almonds will also help. Almonds are a source of melatonin and the sleep-promoting mineral magnesium, two properties that make them a great food to eat before bed.
A calming pillow mist is another way to calm your senses and find peace before drifting off to dreamland.
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