Over the last few years, I have had really bad trouble with my sleeping. It would either be down to the fact that I couldn’t fall asleep and be laying there for hours not been able to drift off or I couldn’t sleep through the night.
There would be some nights where I used to lay there and cry because I was so exhausted and I want to sleep so badly but it just wasn’t happening.
Now I must say these last few months I’ve been sleeping the best I ever have in such a long time.
Now I want to share some of my tips with you on how I improved my sleep and hopefully, these tips will help you too.
ROUTINE & SWITCHING OFF
Making sure you switch off from the world and get yourself into a sleep routine is vital.
I started making sure I was into bed at between 9 pm – 10 pm each night. I was relaxed and my body knew I was in my sleeping environment.
This really helped with no longer having a TV in my bedroom. I used to watch TV till and expecting to go straight to sleep straight after turning it off, I wasn’t allowing my brain the slow down it needs.
I think it’s very beneficial that if you do have a TV in your bedroom that you switch it off an hour or so before you decide it’s time to sleep.
Reading can be very helpful to slow down the mind but obviously, if you’re reading a very engaging book there are times you can find it very hard to put it down, the next thing you know you reading till 12 o’clock at night. So, make sure you’re strict.
CUT THE CAFFEINE
I used to drink about five or six cups of coffee in the morning each day, justifying to myself that not having any after lunch would be ok and would be out of my system before bed, that wasn’t the case. I mean that much caffeine a day! No wonder I was having a sleeping issue. So I cut my intake down to 1 too 2 cups at maximum a day.
There are it no doubt that this has had such a beneficial impact on my sleeping pattern.
One hot drink that is good to have is herbal sleep tea. I always go for the Whittards Instant Dream Time Tea and one is a Loose-leaf Dream Time Tea. They have a lot of known ingredients like chamomile that are known to help you snooze.
SOOTHING THE BODY
Lavender scented creams and balms can give you that extra increase in relaxation. The Sleepy body cream by Lush had a massive hype around how good it was to help promote sleep so I had to try it and was not disappointed. It also smells unbelievable! It’s one of the best lavender smelling products on the market.
If body creams are not for you or if you think they would be a hassle to apply then you can try sleep balms such as the Champneys one which you massage into your temples.
Water is the key to everything. There’s nothing new to tell you there.
Sometimes the reason I wake up in the night is that I’m dehydrated so having water next to me rather than having to psychically get up and get some helps with quickly hydrating myself and falling back asleep.
BLOCKING OUT THE WORLD
Eye mask and earplugs are not just for when you are travelling. You will find these a live saver in all sleeping aspects, home or away.
We need total darkness and quietness to sleep. If your bedroom is prone to noise or street lights etc. then INVEST in an eye mask and earplugs.
I’ve had previously taken tablets like Boots Sleep ease before to help with falling asleep as they bring on drowsiness. The only thing is with these kinds of tablets is that if you take them too late at night you can wake up groggy in the mornings.
But if you have your sleeping routine down these can be a great help if your trouble is falling asleep.
I have also tried Valerian Root which is a natural herb that helps induce sleep. They do smell a bit funny (like wet dog) but they are a great natural alternative to the Sleep ease tablets.
Using these tips combined has 100% helped with my sleep. Being able to finally sleep well has had such positive improvement in my mind and body. As we all know it’s such an important key to maintain a healthy life.
I hope that these tips might help you out if you are struggling with sleep.
*Disclaimer – I am not a medical professional and these tips are purely from my own experiences. Please speak to your GP or medical professional before taking any medications or you have cause for greater concerns.
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