I’m pretty sure that most of us have dealt with sleepless nights at least once in our lives – be it from newborns needing feeding, our minds analysing events of that or previous day, thinking about problems, etc. And we all know how important a good night’s rest is for our well-being so here are some tips:
1. Go to bed early. I don’t mean at 5 or 6, but somewhere between 8 and 10 would be perfect.
2. Turn off all devices in the bedroom – TV, computer, tablet, mobile phone.
3. Don’t drink about 2 hours before going to bed. This way, you won’t need to get up and use the restroom just when you are about to fall asleep.
4. Take a hot shower or have a hot bath, or go to a sauna before bedtime. This will make your temperature rise and then lower just when it’s time to go to bed.
5. Wear socks in bed. I know it doesn’t sound sexy, but keep in mind that your feet have the poorest circulation which makes us feel cold so we wake up in the middle of the night.
6. Make it dark. Use a sleep mask, close the window blinds or shades, close the curtains.
7. Stop working at least one hour prior (preferably two or more) to turning in. This will allow your body to wind down.
8. Have a routine before going to bed. Meditate, do aromatherapy, or deep breathing, relax.
9. Don’t work out close to bedtime, especially high-intensity exercise as this can be disruptive to your sleep.
10. Air your bedroom. It can be very hard to fall asleep in a stuffy room, so make sure you air your bedroom at least half an hour before going to bed.
11. Play some soothing music. It will lull you to sleep.