Saturday, September 23, 2017

Tips For Getting A Good Night's Sleep

Sleep is seriously important, as I have learned the hard way over the years...If you're a long time follower of my blog you know I'm a little crazy when it comes to overcommitting myself to things.

Currently I work as a marketing manager full time, study my masters full time, run this blog / YT / social platforms and I'm working on some pretty big projects that will be announced shortly. Add to the mix health / fitness, a social life and wanting a little bit of down time...enough sleep is crucial for me to recharge my batteries and keep up such a busy lifestyle.

Despite tiring myself out all day everyday, it can be hard to unwind and relax in the evenings to get some deep sleep. So I thought I would share all the tips and tricks that I have found work for me and you might like to follow if you have trouble getting enough shut eye at night.

Have a bath
Or a shower...something about warm water is soothing and relaxing so gets you in the right state for sleep. I also think Epsom salt baths are very therapeutic and definitely help your muscles relax after a long day.  
Candles burning
There are so many therapeutic candle options on the market for de-stressing and relaxing> But if you don't know where to start, Kmart have just released an aromatherapy range and I'm impressed, even for a candle snob like myself.
Finish tasks before bed
Sometimes what prevents you from falling asleep are all the circling thoughts about things you have to do the next day. I find that finishing any time sensitive, important tasks before I go to bed means that I rest much easier.
No screen time
At least 1 hour before bed you should really limit how much you stare at a computer screen, TV or even your phone screen. There is science that shows bright screens prevent your ability to fall asleep at night so if you have a problem getting to sleep this could be to blame.
Since you are staying away from screens, opt for a good old fashioned paper book. Not only does this help mentally because you escape your reality for a bit, immersing yourself into a storyline but reading can help you get to sleep. At least I know for myself, I can be running around doing things late at night but once I sit down to read a book I'm much more settled.
So I know we aren't meant to be looking at screens but here's a good exception to the rule...head over to YouTube and put on a sleep meditation video just before your head hits the pillow. Guaranteed sleep - it puts you into a tranquil state and there are so many types of meditations to choose from.  
So I know this post might pain me out to be a bit of a crazy nutcase, running around my house late at night unable to sleep. But honestly since implementing these routines I have absolutely no trouble falling asleep at night...and I really look forward to having a bath, burning a candle and reading / meditating. Give it a try.

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