We don't know about you, but we've been having trouble sleeping lately.
Even if we drift away, we wake up in the middle of the night, our thoughts are buzzing, and we cannot return to our sleep.
Sound familiar? Then read on because we've put together a list of ways you can keep your sleep safe.
From the right atmosphere to a peaceful bedtime, there are many things we can do to help meet our eight hours. And none of them involve counting sheep.
1. Build a dormitory
The place where we sleep should be a haven, not horror.
If your bedroom is a mess of laundry, toys, clothes, and work-related paraphernalia, it will never be the sanctuary you need. If we just think about it, we get stressed.
So clean up all the things that don't belong there and maybe even take the opportunity to recycle or throw away items that you no longer use or love. This act alone will reveal both metaphorical and actual space.
Next, set some boundaries. Don't turn your bedroom into a playroom or work area. It is only used for relaxing and sleeping.
And when you've created a space that is free of excess "stuff" add inviting upholstered furniture and some scents that create a sense of calm and tranquility.
This Works scented candle is infused with relaxing lavender and chamomile essential oils to help you relax. This diffuser from The Aromatherapy Co. gives you a feeling of serenity.
L-R: THIS WORKS Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle (£ 26) at Very and The Aromatherapy Co. Therapy Range – Soothe Petigrain and Peony Reed Diffusers (£ 30) at Very
2. Make your bed
Sorry to sound like your parents, but seriously guys, make your bed.
First, it has been suggested that those who make their beds in the morning have more productive days. Second, it means that when you get to bed at the end of a long day, you'll find a neat place to actually get to, rather than a mess to clear up first.
And third, making your bed out of the linen you love has a calming effect on your psyche too. If possible, have matching duvet covers and pillow cases and a layer on top of a throw, blanket, and pillow to make it even more welcoming.
Use linen that will keep you cool and make sure you have the right comforter for the time of year. Being too hot or too cold are classic reasons why we should wake up when we are dozing.
L-R: Serene Dart Duvet Cover Set in White (from £ 25) and Sealy Posturepedic CoolSense Pillow (£ 69) at Very
This bedding set from Serene is stylish and looks fresh and fresh on any bed. And finding the right pillow could make a real difference too.
This Sealy Posturepedic CoolSense pillow prevents overheating, as the cooling material regulates the body temperature. There's also a soft memory foam pillow inside so you'll be comfortable and supported all night.
3. Set a bedtime
We know … you left bedtime many years ago.
The reality, however, is that having a regular bedtime and wake-up time can actually help you achieve a solid sleep pattern.
So try to be in bed at the same time every night and turn off the lights. And set an alarm at the same time every morning, even on weekends if possible.
Your body clock will start to take over and you should find yourself jumping out of bed instead of having to be pulled by it.
4. Go into a nightly routine
Similar to setting up a bedtime routine, a pre-bed routine can be very useful if we are hoping to sleep through the morning.
When we part with day-to-day business, we can relax body and mind before we go to bed.
This can mean different things to different people, but everyone should turn off all screens an hour before going to sleep.
Then try to calm down activities like soaking in a warm bath with scented bath crystals or bubbles to make you feel a little sleepy.
L-R: COWSHED Sleepy Bath Salts (£ 18) and THESE FEATURES Deep Sleep Body Cocoon (£ 25) at Very
These COWSHED Sleepy bath salts are just the thing. The Himalayan Therapeutic Sea Salts use a bespoke blend of Melissa and Lemon Myrtle essential oils to relax the mind and body.
Before you put on your nightwear, smother your body with the Body Cocoon Cream from THIS WORKS. When you smooth it out, you will feel your muscles relax.
Hop in bed and just try to turn off the lights and go to sleep without reaching for a book. And definitely not reaching for a phone!
5. Spritz = sleep
However, if you do one last thing before turning off the lights, turn it into a quick squirt of the pillow with a sleeping pillow spray.
THAT WORKS Sleep Plus Pillow Spray (£ 27.99) at Very
The legendary spray from THIS WORKS is proven to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer * so that you wake up like new.
6. The sounds of sleep
For some people, certain sounds can help them fall off.
But if you're not a fan of whale sounds, why not try a meditation app or a calming podcast before bed.
With luck, you might fall asleep before it even ends.
* Independently tested on 200 participants with sleep disorders aged 18 and over over a period of 14 days compared to a placebo.
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