Sometimes it can be difficult to switch off and get to sleep quickly. Having positive night-time habits can help you to wind down and relax before hitting the hay. There are a few things I try to do a couple of times per week to make sure I’m getting the best nights’ sleep.
Switch off before you sleep
Take away technology whether it’s your phone, turning off the TV or games. I must admit, this is probably the one I do the least but would like to do more of. Curt and I have a TV in the bedroom so we’re often watching a tv show or film before going to bed. I also have a bad habit of scrolling through social media whilst lying there which I really need to stop. Switching off your tech can be relieving; you don’t have to worry about what others are doing or how many likes you have. Just grab a book, turn everything off and sit and read for even just fifteen minutes before bed.
Once or twice a week I love to do this just before bed with a facemask or by doing my nails. I use my Tropic Smoothing Cleanser every day so that feels like a mini pamper to take my makeup off anyway. Let yourself indulge in some skin treatments; a face mask, a scrub, anything to give your skin a bit of a boost. Run yourself a bath with some great smelling products and have a soak.
Have a non-caffeinated hot drink
One of my favourite night-time habits to get to sleep quicker is to have a hot drink. Avoid caffeine in the evening and opt for a herbal tea or even a hot chocolate. I like to have a peppermint tea or a random fruity flavoured one from the cupboard. My favourite herbal teas are from the Pukka range, especially the Night Time and the Peppermint, Vanilla and Manuka Honey. They help me to relax at the end of the day and get ready for a decent night’s sleep. If I need a bit of a sweet pick me up, I’ll opt for the chocolate Ovaltine. It reminds me of being a child and hits the spot perfectly.
Make your sleeping area relaxing
I think this is one of the most important things to have as a positive night-time habit. If I have a busy sleeping environment, it can make me a little stressed going to bed surrounded by mess. I’ll always have a tidy round first; putting dirty washing in the basket and taking any mugs from the day downstairs and in the dishwasher. A few throws and pillows on the bed coupled with candles and some soft lighting helps to create a relaxing atmosphere before going to bed.
Reflect on your day
Whether you’ve had an amazing day full of laughter and happiness or a day that’s made you feel a little down in the dumps, reflect on your day. Put aside any negativity or reminisce in the joys you’ve had. Go to bed with a clear head, get a decent sleep and wake up refreshed. If you’ve had a bad day, tomorrow is a new day. I’ll sometimes plan what I’m doing on the following day so that I can feel productive and ready to go when the alarm goes off.
I hope these have given you a bit of thought about how you can make positive changes towards your night-time habits to help you sleep better. Putting my phone down before bed is the hardest one for me to stop doing. Not scrolling before bed a couple of times per week really does improve the quality of my sleep though. I pretty much always try and have a hot drink before bed. Peppermint also helps digestion so if you have any intolerances, it can help to make you feel better overnight.