I am one of those people who is always sleepy but when it comes to actually going to sleep, I’m wide awake. Trying to find a routine which works for me has taken a long time but I think I’ve finally got it down and now I find it quite easy to fall asleep.
I think we’re all aware of how important sleep is; it’s fundamental for us. A lack of sleep not only affects your mood and productivity levels but it can also be quite harmful as well.
Different medications can really alter your sleep. I remember being on prednisolone (a steroid) which would make me feel really tired but gave me insomnia at times, especially when I changed the dose.
Change in health, medication and routine can all affect how you sleep so if you are worried, it might be worth getting some medical advice. The lifestyles a lot of us lead, predominantly looking at screens all the time, means that it’s hard to switch off which makes it harder to sleep.
Here are 4 tips to help you drift off to sleep easy peasy
1.The sleepy & twilight range from Lush Cosmetics
When I started using the Sleepy lotion last year, I was blown away by just how good it was.
It has such a gorgeous smell; it’s a mix of lavender, oatmeal (but it’s good trust me) and tonka. It’s a really comforting smell and makes you feel all warm and cosy when you rub it in.
Not only does it smell good, it actually does help you go to sleep. I have become so reliant on it and use it a lot.
Now, Lush has released the same sent in a bath bomb, which is perfect for a pre-bedtime soak or a relaxing sunday night bath, AND a body spray which I insist on spraying on my bed every night so it feels cosy and sleepy.
2. Listen to a talking book
Whilst I do love my calm app and sleep meditation, sometimes I’m just not in the mood for it. I’d much prefer to listen to a talking book and put it on a timer for about 20 minutes.
Whilst I love Audible and have most of the Harry Potter books on there, it can be quite expensive. However, you can listen to talking books on your phone FOR FREE through your local library. The app is called BorrowBox and all you need to do is get a pin from your library to access it.
Just like with getting physical books, you loan the book for about three weeks and can extend it really easily as well.
It’s been such a game changer being able to loan talking books, I tend to go for books I already know or children’s/YA books which are super easy to listen to (plus it doesn’t matter if I fall asleep!)
3. Create a bedtime routine
Having a bedtime routine can really help you relax and unwind.
I’m trying to reduce the amount of time I spend on my phone after 9pm. iPhone users may know about the new feature which allows you to lock most of your apps so I *might* be brave and start using that!
My evening skincare routine is another way I relax; cleansing and moisturising and just making myself feel GOOD. I always opt for Botanics at the moment with my fave product at the moment being the polish which I use once a week.
4. Fresh bedding
There’s nothing better than the feeling of fresh bedding and fresh PJ’s. I’m not saying change your bedding daily because a) who the heck has time for that and b) that much washing is 100% NOT environmentally friendly.
BUT do try and get into a routine of changing them regularly – especially if, like me, you have pets who seem to think that your bed is also their bed!
So those were my tips for improving your sleep. I definitely need to take some of my own advice re turning the tech off! How do you like to switch off and get ready for bed?
Some of the products mentioned in this post were gifted however all sleepy advice and opinions are my own 🙂