sleepFrom personal experience, I know that it can be hard to fall asleep at night when a million and one things rush through your mind as your head hits the pillow.

Before you resort to methods such as sleeping pills, take a look at my own tips to help you get your beauty sleep.

STAY AWAY FROM SCREENS FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES BEFORE GETTING INTO BED

Nowadays it is very easy to slip into the habits and grasps of your smartphone, console or Netflix account! Try your best to not look at bright screens for some time before bed as it keeps our brains more active than say if you were to take a bath or read a book.

WRITE A TO-DO LIST BEFORE YOU GET BENEATH THE COVERS

If you’re a busy person with a hectic schedule, your jobs for the next few days, weeks, or even months can run through your head, stopping you from relaxing. What helps me is to keep a diary or even a scrap of paper to write all my thoughts and errands. It helps me feel organised and ready for the next day so that my mind can slip away…

STAY REGULAR

It can be very difficult to keep to a regular sleep schedule but if you can, it really does help you get to sleep AND wake up on time. If you constantly have late nights then all of a sudden attempt to get an early one, your body won’t be used to it and you will just have too much energy. Try and go to bed and wake up at the same time, getting at least 8 hours.

TAKE A LOOK AT PODCASTS ON THE INTERNET

It may feel strange, almost like being told a bedtime story as a child but I found it has helped me a lot. I personally recommend www.sleepwithmepodcast.com. ‘Scooter’s (his name) job is essentially bore you to sleep with a story that is interesting enough to distract you from your stress or worries but boring enough that you can drift off. Plus, he is an insomniac so you can relate to him on a level.

CREATE A NICE SLEEPING ATMOSPHERE

It may seem silly but comfortable pajamas and fresh bed sheets really do make a difference. Just like the to-do list tip, if you have something irritating you such as your pajama leg twisting around you it can stop you from relaxing! I also recommend this spray I have been using for years ‘Avon Sleep-therapy Goodnight Pillow Mist’. You can also buy it from Amazon and eBay. A couple of sprays of it on your pillow or in your room really does help you catch up on your rest.

Melissa-Grace Taylor

Daily Zen.

 

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