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Tips For a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep Tips, How to fall asleep fast

Simon Jones |

Tips for a good night’s sleep

Overthinking? Make sure you don’t lose sleep over it. Try these techniques from Bedroomking to catch some snooze

Hormones like cortisol keep you awake when you’re stressed which is why your goal should be to relax, not sleep. Try these relaxation techniques during your stressful times, for hours of deep and restorative sleep when you need it most.

Start a pre-sleep ritual

Whether you wash the dishes, shower or journal for 20 minutes, get in the habit of doing a certain task before bed you’ll soon associate it with sleep, preparing your mind for bedtime.

Think positive thoughts & pamper yourself

Spread fresh sheets over your bed and soak in a hot bath for 30 minutes, two hours before bedtime you could even use lavender bubble bath or moisturiser, with its slightly sedative effect. Reflect on good memories and happy events, while learning to forgive. Sometimes it’s no mean feat, but it’ll bring you joy, give you confidence and ultimately, relax you ready for sleep.

Take an imaginary holiday

If you could go anywhere, where would you be? Imagine every detail of it, what you see, hear and smell. Lose yourself in this imaginary world.

 Distract yourself!

Forget your troubles by focusing on literally anything else. Think of animals with a certain letter, calculate tricky sums in your mind or listen to an audio book. Bore yourself to sleep with monotonous nature sounds or white noise. Anything. Just avoid anything electronic, because the blue light from the screen will overstimulate you and keep you awake.

Learn when to quit

Cut your losses to save you from further stress. It’s better to get up and leave your bedroom to do something relaxing, than panic that you’re still awake. Keep the lights dim and brew yourself a calming mug of Chamomile tea, read a book and take deep breathes.

Snaffle a sleep snack

Eat 30grams of almonds, a tablespoon of almond butter or snack on fresh, frozen, or dried cherries all sleep-inducing foods. Wash it down with a glass of cherry juice or a calming mug of Chamomile tea.

Take your breathing more seriously

Take the edge off your day and relax, by laying on your back with your eyes closed and your right hand on your belly feel it expand when you breathe in slowly. Imagine it’s a balloon filling with air. And when you slowly breathe out, the balloon is deflating. Controlling your breath like this will slow your heartrate and calm you down, even when you’re stressed giving you a better chance of drifting off to sleep.

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