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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