Turn off your brain.
Are you finding it hard to switch of before bed? Do you wake up in the morning and think to yourself, I wish that I could feel refreshed? If you make a few small changes to your routine you may just wake up feeling fresh as a daisy.
Here are a few tips that I find useful to help me get a full nights sleep.
- Get ready for your day
By getting ready for your day, I mean, write down any important tasks that you need to do, choose the clothes that you will be wearing and prepare your meals for the next day. Through doing this it will prevent you from lying in bed thinking about what you need to do and when you have your clothes sorted, plus foods that you can pull out of the fridge ready to eat, it will simply save you time.
2. Don’t eat a big meal close to bedtime
Going to bed hungry isn’t ideal, however going to sleep on a heavy stomach also isn’t a good idea. Eating a big meal before bed can cause you to have a restless night. Also, foods that are high in saturated fat can cause indigestion. If you are feeling the hunger pangs before bedtime, try eating something light such as seeds or even try drinking a glass of milk.
3. Do not read emails/ finish work for the next day
Many people think that sitting in bed and answering a few emails in preparation for tomorrow is a good idea, however this is a big NO. By replying to emails you are still activating your brain because you have to think about what you are going to respond. If it is not a particularly pleasant email, the chances are you will be left lying in bed wide awake panicking about your next steps.
4. Don’t get into arguments
Arguments are part of relationships, but if they can be avoided then ensure that this is the case. When you get into an argument with your other half, a family member, or even a friend, it is fair to say that your mood will be affected. You are often left feeling on edge and tense after an argument. You lie in bed replaying the argument over and over again in your head which then leaves you staying awake longer.
5. Turn off your mobile phone
We all love to browse our phones, it has become a habit and part of our life however, one of the best things to do is to turn off your devices about and hour before bed. The light from our mobile phones has a negative impact on the production of melatonin which is the hormone that is responsible for sleeping and getting up.
You should be comfortable in your pyjamas and settled with a good book, along with a cup of calming camomile tea.
Your phone should be left across the other side of the room, or even in another room and you should invest in an alarm clock to wake you up in the morning.
Almost anything will work if you unplug it, including yourself.