There’s no better feeling than wrapping yourself up like a burrito in your bed sheets and getting cozy, ready for a total switch-off after a long day. Getting a sufficient amount of sleep is far more important than people realize. It can help reduce stress and instantly put you in a better mood, which works wonders for your wellbeing! And on top of helping your happiness, it can help improve your memory, spur your creativity and make the brain more productive and effective.
But whether we like it or not, sometimes your work worries or that TV show cliffhanger before bed can flood your thoughts and you’ll end up having a restless night instead. If you often struggle to doze off, here are some of our top tips for getting a good night’s sleep.
Dial down cell phone use before bed
We know that the endless Instagram or Facebook scroll can be hard to stop, but the brightness of your phone can keep your brain stimulated for longer. Stay away from the screen to settle down! Instead, light some candles, sit down with a warm drink in one hand, your favorite book in another and let yourself unwind this way.
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Your mattress matters
Finding that perfect mattress to suit you is super important to guarantee a good night’s sleep. No matter how much incense you burn or whichever soothing music you’re listening to, if your bed isn’t that far from the comfort of a haystack, nothing will change it. From pocket sprung to memory foam, check out our mattress options to make a huge difference to the quality of your sleep.
What’s more comforting than lying in bed, knowing you’re out of the wind and cold? Listening to soothing sounds like the pitter-patter of rain against the window, or birds making their way through the rainforest can help to soothe your mind. Just lie back, close your eyes and imagine you’re elsewhere.
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Let the light in
We often forget that a good night’s sleep starts with the day, so maximize your time in the daylight. Bask and walk around in the sun, or if the weather doesn’t permit, sit by the window and let your eyes get exposed to the light. Spending time outside being active is a great way to tire yourself out and encourage a more restful sleep. Healthy activities can lead to healthy sleep patterns, so start your day off right!
Comforting scents can lead to a good snooze too. Rubbing lavender oil on your lightbulbs right before bed releases a relaxing aroma as the bulbs warm up that will induce you into a deep and tranquil sleep. You’ll feel refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to face the day in the morning!
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The perfect cuddling companions, pets are totally adorable and ideal for keeping you warm too! But if you’ve got one, you probably know the struggles of being forced to wake up at 3 AM from their scrambling paws, disturbing your rest and restarting your sleep cycle. Encourage your pets to sleep in their own bed, so that you can rest without any sort of disruption!
With our top tips, you’ll be fast asleep as soon as your head hits that pillow. Let us know your secrets for getting a good night’s sleep over on Twitter.