Four tips for better sleep
Getting some shut eye, nodding off, taking forty winks.
I've always been a super early bird, which means come 10pm, my bed is calling me. A few months ago though, this completely changed, and the worst thing is that I didn't realise it was happening. I was still waking up early, but going to sleep later and later, which meant my quantity and quality of sleep was suffering. I then realised I wasn't as on the ball and was probably operating at about 70% capacity.
Since then, I've implemented a few changes that have made a huge difference.
Create an evening routine
Whether that's writing in a journal, some gentle yoga, or reading a book, following a routine will signal to your brain that it's winding-down time.
Some of my favourite evening yoga routines -
Keep your bedroom as a sanctuary
Avoid doing anything in your bedroom that isn't sleep or getting-ready related. Keeping your bedroom clutter-free will also have a calming effect, whilst making your bed each morning will make it even more inviting that evening.
Be deliberate about bedtime
Use "bedtime mode" (available on iPhone and Android) to be notified when your wind-down routine should begin. You could also ask your partner or roommate to gently remind you to start getting ready for bed.
Make a "going to sleep playlist"
If your thoughts feel like ping pong balls bouncing around your brain, try a sleep playlist. Explore the Sleep genre on Spotify or make your own. One of my favourite sleep tracks is Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie; 8 minutes that never fail to relax me.