While we all know how important it is to get a good nights sleep, however that's sometimes better said than done especially if you find it hard to switch off and wind down at night (and constantly being on your phone doesn't help).
It's important to take time out each night to relax and start prepping your body for sleep so you can fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow instead of playing bed karate all night long.
Here are some soothing tips to relax your body to prepare it for sleep so you wake up feeling refreshed.
1. A calming atmosphere
Make your bedroom your sanctuary where you can relax and escape from the world. Keep it clean and tidy, invest in a quality pillow, some gorgeous new sheets and a cozy doona. If you get hot at night, make sure you keep cool with a fan and have layers on your bed that you can take off during the night without getting cold. Also try making your bed every morning, just seeing that crisply made bed when you get home will put you in a good mood.
By turning your bedroom into your sanctuary, it will be easier to switch off and escape from the outside world so you can let go and relax from all your worries that may keep you awake at night.
2. Turn it OFF
Now we know this one will be hard, but no electrical gadgets inside your bedroom. This includes your phone, computer, tv and iPad. If you must have your phone with you, make sure you put it on aeroplane mode, but don't use it and don't sleep with it near you. Studies have revealed that exposure to electrical gadgets such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops before getting to sleep suppress the hormone melatonin (which is the regulator of your sleep cycle) which means you will feel less sleepy and less likely to fall asleep. We know it sounds simple, but try reading a paperback book instead.
3. A relaxing bath
Swap a shower for a warm bath before bed to help soak away the stress of the day and add in some bath salts that contain Epsom salt like our Salty Bath Soaks. Epsom salt contains magnesium which when dissolved in warm water, is absorbed through the skin to help give a feeling of calm and relaxation, soothes sore, aching muscles and can help improve your sleep quality.
If you are kept awake at night worrying about things you need to do or problems that might have, start journaling.
Keep a notebook beside your bed and before you go to sleep, write down everything that is worrying you and make lists of anything you need to do the next day. This way you won't be up all night worrying about forgetting something or stressing over your problems.