How To: Get A Good Nights Sleep

How To: Get A Good Nights Sleep

Creating a ritual for myself for bedtime, allows my body to recognise the signals and begin to wind down. I find that following a few simple steps before I go to sleep, is especially important for me at the moment, as I am currently in the midst of my third year of University so the stress of my dissertation is certainly building up! I find that for me, I need around 8 hours of sleep a night to help me function the next day, get the work done (and not be cranky in the mean time). So here are five of my top tips to ensure that you get a good nights sleep.

Sip A Herbal Tea

Of an evening, I love winding down and drinking a warm, de-caffinated drink such as a hot chocolate or a herbal tea. Having a herbal tea before bed time is a great way to allow your body to relax. Recently, I have been loving using the 'Diplomat Jasmine Green Tea' before bedtime. 

How To: Get A Good Nights Sleep

How To: Get A Good Nights Sleep

Light A Candle

If you can, university halls permitting and all that, light a candle in your room before you go to bed to create a warm and cosy atmosphere. I love watching the flicker of a candle light burn, it instantly makes me feel relaxed. I'd suggest burning a soothing scent such as lavender or chamomile to help you wind down. As you can see by the photograph below, this one in particular has been well loved of an evening by myself, although it is very strong so I wouldn't recommend it for everyone. Try and think of scents that make you feel safe and relaxed and go for one of those!

How To: Get A Good Nights Sleep

Have a warm shower/bath

There is nothing better than getting out of the bath or shower, putting on fresh pyjamas and crawling into fresh sheets, am I right? Just thinking of that as I'm typing makes me feel instantly relaxed and cosy...

For me, having a warm bath or shower of an evening is the perfect way to let my body know that it's time to put the uni work away and start my evening. I think again it's something in the action of doing so that makes you feel relaxed. I love getting to bed feeling clean and refreshed, hearing the flicker of the candle burning, filling my room with its scent and sipping ~my now~, tepid tea.


Use Pillow Spray

I've recently hopped on the bandwagon with the hype of 'pillow spray'. At first, it seemed at bit of a gimmick to me. I didn't see the point in it and thought it would have no effect on how people sleep. The Psychologist in me tells me that it's merely the action of using this that makes me think it's working, which that could be the case but nevertheless, this pillow spray in particular smells A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

 This is the only spray that I have used so I'm no expert on them but I do find that winding down of an evening and wanting to get in bed is made so much easier by this product, as the scent just draws me in and makes me eager to crawl into bed. I do find that since using this, I have been waking up more refreshed, but that could just be a collaboration of all these steps that I have been following, so I can't quite say this is a miracle worker just yet but I certainly do love using it!

How To: Get A Good Nights Sleep

How To: Get A Good Nights Sleep


Read A Book

I always tell myself to read a book before bed but the temptation to reach for my phone instead often overrides that. However, on the occasions where I do read a book for around half an hour before I go to sleep, I find that I fall asleep much quicker and have a better nights sleep all round. This tip takes willpower however, to resist the temptation of 'one more chapter' as you watch that 30 minute allotted time quickly doubling. Currently, I am reading 'The Couple Next Door' which has me hooked! I find that reading a book before bed, alongside my green tea, helps my brain to relax and make my eyes sleepy. 

Have you got any tips yourself that I may have missed?

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HP Sprocket Photo Printer Review

HP Sprocket Photo Printer Review

As someone who loves scrapbooking, a portable printer couldn't have been a more perfect 21st birthday present. After having my fair share of trouble with the Polaroid Snap Touch photo printer (I'll come onto that more in a second), I thought I would share with you my thoughts on the HP Sprocket Photo Printer. 

 The HP Sprocket Photo Printer is a super easy way to print out Polaroid-style pictures from your phone, anywhere at any time. The HP Sprocket comes with a USB charging cord and a 10 sheet pack of the 2x3 Zink paper. The zink paper is sticky back, so you can peel off the back and stick the photo down on any surface. For Christmas last year, I popped a Polaroid picture of my nan and I in her Christmas card and she absolutely loved it. I was instantly impressed with how easy this printer is to use as it came with a modern and sleek app and instructions, unlike the Polaroid camera...(throw that shadeee).

The quality of the pictures are great and they are fully printed and dry within seconds, so you dont have to wait for it to dry or worry about the photo smudging. The HP Sprocket app that you need to be able to use this, is also really great as you can add text, borders, emojis or stickers to the images. For example, in the picture above of my mum and I which was taken in Berlin (see post), I added some heart stickers to the picture by using the app.

"So whaT WAS WRONG WITH THE POLARIOD SNAP TOUCH?"

The idea of the Polaroid Snap Touch portable printer is fantastic as you are able to not only print Polaroid pictures from your phone, but the in-built camera also allows you to take pictures on the spot. However, the camera quality of the Polaroid Snap Touch is shocking so I only ever took the pictures on my iPhone and printed them out afterwards anyway. It is also a lot harder to use and more bulkier than the sprocket, as well as it reminding me of a 90's style app and not coming with instructions. To top it off, the Polariod Snap Touch is around £20 more expensive than the Sprocket, so it's safe to say I would recommend steering clear from that one and opting for the HP sprocket instead, if you are looking for a portable printer.

 Overall, I'd say that for me, the HP Sprocket is totally worth the money as I find it so easy to use. I'd recommend it for anyone who likes to document their travels and their life, although I'd be cautious as the zink paper is usually around £12 for 20 sheets

Have you got a portable printer? What do you use yours for? Let me know in the comments below! 
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