Sleep is amazing for your health and I’ve recently spoken about how important it is to put some night-time rituals in place to enjoy a fantastic night’s sleep. I’ve felt particularly tired recently, the stresses of preparing to move and a toddler who seems to be going through a sleep regression phase hasn’t helped. Suffering from sleep deprivation means that any bit of time that I manage to spend in slumberland is precious and I want to make it count.
It’s one of those simple and very easy things that we would all like more of, but always struggle to get enough shuteye on a regular basis. I always feel like I can take on the world after a decent night’s sleep and with a young child, it’s an area that I’m constantly in battle with. Knowing that it’s wonderful for my body and the amazing restorative properties of sleep encourages me to always get the best quality of sleep that I possibly can even if it’s only for a short amount of time.
PRIORITISE YOUR REST
Making catching some z’s a main priority in your day will no doubt ensure that you get the best night’s sleep ever! Try to resist the temptation of putting your favourite box set, work or book first and make room in your day for at least 8 hours of solid uninterrupted sleep.
HAVE A BEDTIME ROUTINE
The majority of us has a day-to-day routine that we like to follow for our day to run smoothly, but why not introduce a bedtime routine in your day. Going to bed around the same time every night or having certain rituals before bed will prime your body for sleep and in the long-term help you to drift off into a deep slumber more easily.
INVEST IN A GOOD MATTRESS
Even though it may not seem like it, we spend a huge part of out lifetime in bed. With this in mind, it’s important to invest in a really good mattress as your budget allows. The more comfortable you feel in bed the longer you are likely to doze and may not even want to get out of bed at all!
AVOID HAVING A HEAVY STOMACH BEFORE GOING TO BED
I’m not sure about you, but if I eat too close to my bedtime I have a really heavy stomach which makes me feel uncomfortable and I struggle to get to sleep. Instead, I try to leave a couple of hours between eating my last meal or snack in the evening before going to bed to give my digestive system a rest.
NO MOBILE DEVICES BEFORE BED
Learning to switch off before bed is something that I’m constantly struggling with. It’s always so tempting to check what’s going down on Twitter and Facebook. I’m slowly trying to wean myself off night-time social media check-ins to allow my brain to unwind before sleeping.