To get to sleep each night isn’t easy for most of us. Sometimes I struggle to get to sleep for hours, only to realise that I’ve been scrolling through my phone, in bed, for an hour.. These sorts of habits are detrimental to my sleeping pattern and they take a while to get out of.
So in order to try and get out of my bad habits I’ve tried and tested the best ways to get me off to the land of nod, and created 4 simple tips that have worked extremely well for me.
1. Turn your lights down low
About an hour before you go to bed, turn all of the lights down low wherever you are in the house. Just before bed light a couple of candles in the bedroom so that there’s no artificial lighting at all. Just remember to blow them out before your head hits the pillow.
2. Have a bedtime routine
We’re secretly all a sucker for routine, like babies we need structure to send the right signals to our brain. To wind down, you can include things like getting into a lovely set of PJs, cleansing and moisturising and listening to some relaxing music. I always find a good book sends me to sleep quite quickly, just don’t choose a gripping novel!
3. Invest in a decent mattress
We spend so much of our lives sleeping. Would you sit for 8 hours on an uncomfortable chair, every day? Hopefully not. Your bed is the place where your body restores itself, so it’s important that you have something supportive and comfortable to spend ⅓ of your life on. There’s a great selection at Button and Sprung where they have everything from pocket sprung mattresses to beautifully upholstered beds .
4. Remove ALL technology
This point is the hardest to get across to myself! I use my phone as my alarm clock, still. I promise I will buy a good old fashioned alarm clock one of these days. Try not to bring your laptop, phone or any other screen to your bed. I would even go as far to say replace your Kindle with a real book, unless you have one of those low light screens.
Anything in your room as you sleep that is either charging or running off electricity, should be as far away as possible from you.
Did you find that helpful? Give it a go and see how you get on. If you’d like to see more tips on sorting your bedroom first, check out The Edited Bedroom.
This post is in collaboration with Button and Sprung. I only choose brands that I love and would recommend to my clients.