Thursday, 28 April 2016

5 Ways To Sleep Better

I've suffered from severe insomnia on and off for over 5 years now. I've put many techniques to the test, but only a handful have ever successfully worked. Today I have constructed a list of my most favoured ways to help me drift off. No counting sheep involved. 

GET UP | The first thing I do when I have been trying to catch some zzz's for some time is get up. Walking to the bathroom or grabbing a glass of water can help me re-settle better and has been the technique I use whenever I am struggling. 

JOT IT DOWN | One of main reasons why I toss and turn at night is due to an over-active mind. Making lists and jotting thoughts down into a notepad can help you prioritise your workload, relieve stress and ultimately make you worry less.  

CREATE A ROUTINE | Going to bed and getting up at a similar time each day can be a huge contributing factor to how well you sleep at night, but that can't always be achieved throughout the week so I like to create a routine in other ways too. Every night I like to make sure I switch off in one way or another; whether that's colouring in, listening to a podcast or watching a light hearted episode of my favourite series. Then, I follow this with a night skincare routine; a time when I can take a few minutes to myself before hopping into bed. 

TURN ON AIRPLANE MODE | Airplane mode switches turns of anything that requires data connection, meaning texting, Twitter and the Internet is off the cards. I like to do this an hour before I go to sleep just to ensure I am thoroughly relaxed and ready to sleep as soon as my head hits the pillow.

SELECT A SMELL | Lavender is the scent that helps me to relax the most as it helps to aid sleep and relieve tension. The This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray has been a must have product of mine for many years as you only need a couple of spritzes for it to work. If I need to up the ante then I like to apply a thin layer of the Aesop Resurrection Hand Balm* to my hands and a generous amount of the This Works Stress Less Rollerball to my wrists to release the aromas. 

How do you get a better nights sleep?

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