Four tips for better sleep

May 7, 2021

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.

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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.

Reed diffusers or candles are another easy way of transforming your bedroom in a calming space. I love White Barn Eucalyptus Mint or Sea Salt and Balsam for this.

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.

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