Here are some real and actionable tips you might not have heard, how to sleep better, sleep deeply and soundly at night, some serious sleep hacks and tips to have better sleep and feel less stressed at bedtime. You know I love my ‘fluffy bunny’ posts but I wanted to include some real, unfussy, actionable tips to get you going and offer some real help to make bedtime a happier, more stress free experience.
Although, please note! These tricks aim to give you better sleep at night but do not replace medical advice or reflect the intensity and severity of symptoms that afflict those suffering with insomnia or severe sleep disorders!
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1. Trying a sleep mask or weighted blanket
These might just be the ultimate sneaky hack you’ve been looking for! Maybe it’s something about being able to pull fabric over your eyes (but still being able to breathe haha), totally shutting out the light or losing sense of your surroundings that helps to soothe you back to sleep when you wake in the night. I really recommend trying it! Some eye masks are even lined with silk to aid the skin in its restorative process and prevent signs of aging. A weighted blanket is also an amazing tool that can really aid sleep!
2. Stop going to bed at the same time every night
Yes you read that right! Listen to your body instead, do what your body tells you to do. Put technology away and grab a difficult to read book instead (think Shakespeare with all the tangled, archaic prose!) and read it downstairs until you can’t absorb it any more. Give yourself permission to only go to bed when your body wants to.
3. Embrace your anxieties
Welcome all your anxieties with open arms and let them stay as long as they need to, let thoughts fly about to their hearts content and then land and then fly about again madly and land and relinquish your control in that respect. You can’t control them, let them chill in the background, doing what they do. They will settle in their own time when they are ready. You can even write them down to embrace them, to talk about with loved ones later.
4. Have a shorter bedtime routine
Keeping your bedtime routine rough, simple and basic means you are more likely to catch yourself at your sleepiest, so can throw yourself at your bed whenever you feel the urge, plus puts less pressure on you to sleep or ‘perform’ well. A long and well developed bedtime routine can actually hinder us by putting more focus on getting to sleep, which can in turn produce a lot of stress. Keep it simple, just a pyjama and teeth kind of deal, casual and low effort, then throwing yourself at your bed.
5. Make your bedroom a place of indulgence
Make a little paradise to rest and relax in, with silky textures, plush hotel style pillows, think mood lighting, mood lighting, mood lighting and use mirrors to reflect the light and scatter it around, giving way to soft emblems of glow everywhere. A super light, soft and fluffy throw, or even a thick cosy quilt for winter will make bedtime a pleasurable experience and something to eagerly look forward to, maybe pop a pillow spray in the fridge beforehand, so your pillows feel cool and smell dreamy.
6. Enjoy lots of sun and activity
Throughout the day! Aim to make your daytime stimulating, complete challenges that are incredibly difficult and brainstorm and embrace sunshine and activity if you can. Something challenging like learning a new skill can create brand new pathways in the brain that not only slow down time a little (perspective wise!) but give your brain a need to rest at night.
7. Work in some little mementos from childhood
Or any time at all where you felt cosy, warm and safe. I have this funny memory of sleeping in my grandma’s art room in her old house and she peeling potatoes or apples in the living room next door, with the great dark wilderness outside and the smell of new and damp chopped logs near the fireplace.
It smelled of soot and warmth. Think about smells, textures and patterns, memories from childhood or what you automatically tend to gravitate towards when seeking out a place of rest and relaxation, where you feel safest, and try to incorporate those in to your space. Maybe a scented candle to recreate the smell of baking or even Zoflora, these soy wax melts that will genuinely make your room smell like a Lush store! Just be sure there are no candles still lit before getting in to bed.
8. Leave a window open
To keep fresh air circulating about the room, which can feel nice and soothing, especially if you can hear and smell the rain falling outside too.
9. Read an old fashioned book
Or novel from a different century, a Shakespearean play, like the Tempest, or even some good old Tennyson poems! Attempting to wrap your mind around the archaic language patterns or tackle the old fashioned prose can work the mind in to a sleepy state and help to lull you in to the arms of sleep.
10. Keep the bedroom nice and organised
Whenever you get a moment, take some time to declutter and clear out under the bed, the closet, make your drawers nice and clean and everything folded. It can help your space feel restful, organised and clean and also even increase and improve air flow about the room. I love to pop little scented melts in my drawers so my sheets and towels smell clean and dreamy; you can even find Miss Dior scented ones here!
11. Notice which times in the day you feel sleepiest
Maybe keep a diary or just jot down when you feel sleepiest, whether at 3pm or 9am. Make a note of your surroundings and where you are, sensations around you and try to recreate them at home, even if that means the sounds of a photocopier haha! Or maybe you’re on a train or bus, in which case grab yourself a travel pillow and opt to take a longer route around to get to your destination, during which you can nap to your hearts content – just be sure to set an alarm to wake you so you don’t miss your stop!
12. Work with your sleeping patterns
Instead of fighting erratic sleeping times and hours, it can feel like a relief to be able to work with them and roll with them. Embrace what they want you to do. Often, fretting about sleeping can lead to more adrenaline and discomfort in the body, which can keep you up for longer. The trick is to not worry about it, it’s no big deal – and maybe set yourself a time for sleep in the day, even before tea, when you get home from work.
Maybe even see if you can uproot and rearrange your meal times to accommodate this, to give you extra freedom. A more relaxed sleep schedule will take pressure off getting all your sleep at night between a certain set of hours and you can relax a little more, helping to break the vicious circle.
13. A restful, relaxing yoga routine
In the daytime is a really cool way to just unwind, relax and rest, plus justifies buying cute yoga wear haha. A restful yoga routine can aid sleep in helping to adjust and improve your breathing and connects with mindfulness and meditation, which helps to slow down the body and brain.
14. A biphasic sleeping pattern is okay
And might work better for you day to day! It simply means a sleeping pattern broken in to two parts, where the sleeper awakes mid way through the night to accomplish tasks, to then settle back in to slumber for a secondary phase of sleep.
Funnily this is what we traditionally evolved to do, up to about industrial times. Before electricity, one might bed down not long after nightfall and often rise about 3am or so to get the fire going, before settling in to a secondary phase of sleep. We can adapt this in to modern working life by going to bed earlier, allowing for more freedom to sleep how we like.
15. Don’t sleep naked
Sleeping in clothing can actually work better to control and regulate your temperature so you don’t get too hot or cold, keeping you comfiest overnight! Opt for some light, breathable pjs that feel snug and comfy and soft.
16. Watch something comforting
A telly in your room is never often said to be a good idea where sleep is concerned but for me, having something comforting on that I’ve probably watched about 1187 times before can be a fast track road to sleep haha, especially if I completely dull the lights. Is it the white noise? Hearing the lines for the 1188th time I now know off by heart? The previous experience of having fallen asleep to this exact thing before? Who knows!
17. Bring a drink with you to bed
A tip that revolutionised my bedtime/sleep experience, keeping a drink at your bedside allows you to simply help yourself in the night, plus helps soothe any disruptive hunger pangs, without having to get yourself up and downstairs to get one and having to get to sleep all over again. You could even keep a stash of essentials in your bedside drawer like indigestion tablets so you can avoid having to get up in the night, switch on the lights and embark on a treasure hunt for said item. A million points if you can manage to keep some form of kettle in your room to make hot drinks/mugs of tea/refill hot water bottles on demand.
18. A hot water bottle
Is ideal for us people in the UK come autumn and winter, where coat wearing once again becomes compulsory haha. A little bit of warmth can be so soothing, just like having a hot drink. In a warmer climate where it might be uncomfortable to sleep in the heat, try a cool shower and refreshing face mist or freeze a flannel as a nice cold compress.
19. Apply a beauty treatment or lotion
Something non sticky, gentle and soothing maybe with a lavender, vanilla or chamomile scent, a delicious smelling facial mist, products that leave your skin feeling angel soft and work to transform it overnight… there are so many out there! Check out my ultimate sleep inducing bedtime body lotions here!
20. Make the room cold
It’s an oldie but a goodie! It helps us to sleep more comfortably and our instinct is to bundle up in our duvet. It can help us to feel rested, snug and soothed.
I hope you liked these real Sleeping Beauty inspired tips! For more posts just like this check out my dream girly bedtime routine, Marie Antoinette inspired evening routine and most soothing bedtime lotions. I hope you enjoy! Yeyyyy October! How’s your autumn so far? ♡
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