Sleep is something I absolutely adore! Most of the time I have no trouble sleeping, but there are some nights where I can toss and turn and not doze off for the life of me! However, some are not so lucky. According to Linen Bundle, 22% of people living in the UK struggle to fall asleep every night, with many being diagnosed with insomnia. I don’t need to tell you how important sleep is in order to actually function, so personally, I found it quite shocking that sleep deprivation was so common. But worry not, I have complied a list of my top tips to achieve a good night’s sleep naturally without any medication.
Use an eye mask
Sometimes the hardest part about falling asleep is actually closing your eyes. That’s why my first tip is to use an eye mask. For me, I find having something covering my eyes and aiding my sleep really comforting. It not only blocks out any light and helps my eyes to remain shut, but it also acts as a physical ‘do not disturb’ sign. Lately I’ve been absolutely loving using Spacemasks, a self heated eye mask which relaxes your eyes and body to help you gain a great night’s sleep. Check out Spacemasks here.
Let your ears do the work
Falling to sleep in absolute silence proves fairly difficult and is breeding ground for your mind to wander – my fellow over thinkers out there will know all too well that this is a major issue when it comes to turning off and relaxing! I find that listening to music, better yet classic or instrumental music, really helps to soothe me as it doesn’t require a lot of focus, and also distracts me enough to fall asleep without worrying. Some people may prefer listening to nature sounds, podcasts, or even just white noise.
Sleep meditation and hypnosis
Meditation itself has come a long way! I’s no longer about sitting cross legged on a mat in the mountains. Nowadays, there is a vast number of apps available which makes the practice easier to slot into your day. I’m a big fan of mindfulness, meditation, and taking time out of your day to focus on your mind and keep anxiety at bay. I especially think meditation and hypnosis is great for sleeping. I have been using the Hyptalk app, ‘Deep Sleep and Relaxation‘ and it really works well for me. I’m usually fast asleep before the hypnosis even finishes!
Read before bed
Before you ask, social media does NOT count as bed time reading! Reading a physical book can help to relax your body as well as your eyes. I only need to read a couple of chapters of a book and my eyes are already voluntarily closing, no matter how good the book is. They key is to not read anything on a screen, with the exception of a Kindle (and if you opt for a Kindle, make sure it isn’t set too bright) and also not to read anything too stimulating, like a book on top conspiracy theories from around the world for example!
Dim the lights
Atmosphere plays a big role in relaxation. As a rule, try not to use the main light in your bedroom before you’re planning on sleeping, and make your surroundings as comfortable as possible. For more tips on decorating your room to help you sleep, be sure to check out my post about making a room cosy
I don’t want to sound like I’m nagging you but you really do need to stop doing work, worrying about work or even thinking about work at night. Just shut it all out. I know anxiety suffers out there will find this more difficult than others, but tomorrow will bring what it will bring and the best thing you can do for yourself is to relax and get the best night’s sleep possible. There is nothing more you can do, just do you! If you work from home, try not to work past 8pm as a rule of thumb.
Do any pro sleepers out there have any more tips to fall asleep? Or maybe you’ve tried and tested some of these tips? Let me know in the comments!