5 Great Bedtime Habits To Help You Get A Good Night's Rest

Hey everyone! Do you know what I love?! I love a lie-in just as much as the next person, but did you know that being inconsistent with our sleeping hours can actually effect our minds and bodies negatively? I didn't know either! This sparked my interest in the subject of a good nights sleep, finding out these awesome tips that I want to share with all of you.



Keep Up A Bed Time Routine

This is one of the more important points in the list, hence why I wanted to cover it first. Modern day life can keeps our brains active, stopping us from settling in for a well earned rest. That's why it's important for us to make, and stick to, a healthy pre-sleep routine which can include; taking a bath or shower, brushing your teeth, or curling up with a good book to read, it's always best to stick to relaxing things when it gets close to our bed time. This can help us to calm down our busy brains and get us used to thinking "Right, after this we're sleeping." 

The Bed Is A No-Work Zone

I know it can be hard to stop yourself when you've got a deadline to meet or you're on a really good productive streak. Surly a few more emails wouldn't hurt? Unfortunately, that's not true.
As kids when we went to bed it was just that, bed time. It should be the same now as adults and we should keep the bedroom associated with sex and rest, not stress.

Take A Luxurious, Long, Hot Bath

A relaxing hot bath helps to soothe our muscles and prepare us for a lovely, long night's sleep. It's always good to just take a little time at the end of the day for a warm soak and really get our bodies ready for sleeping. For a bonus effect try adding epsom bath salts and just a couple of drops of lavender oil to help trigger relaxation in the brain, this really works for me!

Put Down Your Devices, Even Your Phone

Loads of us are guilty of getting into bed, snuggling under the duvet, putting our phones or tablets on charge.... and then going on and spending the next half an hour or so scrolling through Facebook or Twitter. This, is a big no-no. The lights from our phones tricks our brains into thinking that it's not yet time to sleep and reduces the production of melatonin, a hormone that helps to make us feel tired and regulate our sleep. Another thing that can help melatonin production is a nice glass of milk, and for those of us who don't have dairy, milk alternatives such as oat milk work too.

Make Sure To Keep It Cozy & Comfortable

Make sure your mattress and pillows are comfortable and supportive. Firm mattresses are widely recommended and most good quality mattresses have a life expectancy of around 9 to 10 years, so make sure to keep that in mind. It's important to make sure the room is tidy (you wouldn't want to trip over anything on the floor if you had to get up during the night) and inviting, I use cozy blankets, pillows and teddy bears. 

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Sleep is like our secret productivity weapon. Our mental, physical and emotional health can be effected by either a good or bad nights sleep. I hope this post helps you out, thanks for reading and sleep tight.

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  1. My whole student life I lived in just a bedroom, so eating sleeping showering all happened in the same room... I think it's the same for a lot of people. Literally, no wonder out sleeping patterns are all over the place!

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    1. I swear student life messes up the sleep patterns of almost everyone I know! It's crazy!

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