Sleeping is something that we spend a lot of our lives doing and it’s something that we all crave if we don’t manage to get enough sleep at night-time. We all know that sleep is such an important part of our health. In order to function that we sleep long enough and well enough so that we avoid the dreaded tiredness. However, actually being able to sleep well every night takes time, practice, and a few tips and tricks to help to ensure you sleep better at night!
Turn off the Technology
I’m quite bad at following this one but it does make a difference! If I turn off my laptop and put my phone away at least 15-30 mins before I go to bed then I tend to sleep better at night. I have such a bad habit of constantly checking Twitter and the news before sleeping but it tends to make me feel more awake and active so I’ve started to try and put the technology down if I want to sleep better. I’ve found it’s made a difference as my mind isn’t constantly whirring and staring at a screen all evening.
I used to always read before bed but it’s something I got out of the habit of doing as I got older. Especially as an English student, I have a lot to read all the time so I’ve been trying to put my phone down, get into bed and read for as long as I can before going to sleep. This means I actually get some reading done so it’s semi-productive and it always makes me feel sleepy so I fall asleep quicker too so it really is a win-win! I’m so bad at actually reading the books I need to, it’s almost like if someone tells me I have to read it then I instantly don’t want and put it off for as long as possible. But, since I’ve implemented this habit I’ve found I’ve been sleeping better and have been reading some amazing books!
I’m all for fairy lights and mood lighting and I find it makes a big difference in how tired I’m feeling. I hate sitting in a room at nighttime with the main light on as it just feels wrong to me. I like how you can use lamps and other lights to really change the mood of a room and to make it feel cosier and ready for bed. It helps to get me into the mind frame of ‘it’s time to sleep now’ and I always find I have a better night’s sleep if I gradually reduce the light levels before going to bed
Keep a Routine
I’m a stickler for a routine and try to go to sleep and wake up at roughly the same time every morning and evening. It can be difficult to adjust your body clock and it does take time but if you know roughly how many hours you need to sleep for and when you need to wake up you can start building a sleep routine that works around this. I’m such a morning person and I know I need about 8-9 hours sleep to be fully functioning so I always try to be asleep by 11 so that I can wake up when I need to and still feel refreshed. I know some people really struggle to function in the mornings and if you need to become a morning person I’ve got some handy tips so trying to create a routine for you can also have a positive impact on your sleep quality and help you to sleep better too.
Avoid Caffeine and Sugar
This one might be fairly self-explanatory but avoid having anything full of caffeine or sugar before sleeping as these will stimulate you and make you feel more awake. I’m not a coffee drinker anyway but if you are avoiding drinking it at nighttime will have a big impact on your sleep quality. Similarly, sugary items will give you energy and make you feel more awake so try to avoid anything too sweet if you want to start sleeping better.
This can often be the hardest thing to do but taking time out in the evenings to well and truly chill out will work wonders for your sleep quality. Try to set aside a time to start winding down your activities and taking time just for you. Some things I like to do if I’m trying to relax is to have a pamper evening with a bath, watch something or read. Whatever you like to do to make you feel relaxed try to implement it before you start thinking about going to sleep and you will automatically start to sleep better if you’re already feeling relaxed.
Sleeping is something we all need to do for almost half of our lives so ensuring that you have steps in place to make sure you sleep better at night is key in order to feel awake during the day and are able to get things done. I hope this post has given you some tips of ways to sleep better and you found something useful!
Do you struggle to sleep? What do you do to make sure you sleep better at night?