Sleep, sleep, sleep. I just love it. When I was a child, I used to hate sleep. Sleep was boring and you never really want to miss out on anything as a child, do you, especially the second episode of corrie on a Monday night. I used to beg my Mam to let me stay up later and later every night. When it was half term, I hit jackpot when I was allowed to stay up an extra hour later then on a school night. Little did I know back then how precious sleep was. Until you can’t sleep one night, you don’t really realise just how precious rest and relaxation is.
I’ve never really had any issues with sleep, I can’t nap unless I’m ill or hungover from a heavy night. But never the less, I have unfortunately endured a sleepless and restless night before. You just feel so stressed, physically shattered and your mind’s doing overdrive as you try to switch off your brain. I literally fall into bed on an evening after a day at work and gym session, just how I like it luckily but for those who don’t find it so easy I’ve decided to share my 5 top tips for a better nights sleep.
- Stick to a sleep routine
That’s right, devise a schedule. It’s easier said than done, but you really should go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. This will be hard, especially on weekends but generally, unless I’m going out I go to sleep roughly around the same time every night. This has really helped regulate my body clock.
- Read a few pages of a book
I love reading, I read books, after books on holiday but when I’m home I just never have the time… until I decided to read a couple of pages before bed. Reading when I’m tired makes my eyes even sleepier and really relaxes me, it’s also a lot better than reading Facebook for 15 minutes before bed.
- Exercise daily
Heavy cardio is best but even light exercise is better than no activity. When I first started hitting the gym I noticed a huge difference in my sleeping pattern. Not only is my sleep deeper, but longer too. I pretty much go to work, gym it, eat and sleep. I’ve given up late night reality TV shows effortlessly, I’m simply too tired to stay awake. (Thank God for catch up though!)
- Invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows
Sleep really is about relaxing and having some ‘you’ time to refuel so you kinda’ NEED to be comfy. My pet hate is bad pillows, especially feather pillows… my neck aches with feathers, I seem to sink into the pillows! I have a memory foam mattress which is just AMAZING and so comfortable however I have had it a few years now and you know what they say, you should always get a new one every 8 years. I’ve been looking at Adjustamatic, an airflow mattress which has lots of benefits.
- Evaluate you room
Design your sleep environment to establish the conditions you need for sleep. Your bedroom should be cool but not too cool, I love feeling cosy. Your bedroom should also be free from any noise that can disturb your sleep, remove clocks… I hate the sounds of ‘tick tock’. Finally, your bedroom should be free from any light. Consider using blackout curtains, best thing I’ve ever gotten for my room as I have a really lightroom.
So there you have it, my tips! What about you, do you have any tips on getting a better nights sleep?