Struggling to sleep? You're not alone. In fact, one in four of us living in the UK have found their sleeping patterns disrupted in light of the current situation. Ahead of World Sleep Day on Friday 19th March, read on to discover four simple steps you can take to help ensure a restful night's sleep.
01. Set up a Sleep Schedule
Establishing a regular routine is one of the most effective ways to improve our sleep, as it helps our internal body clock transition between when to wake up and when to wind down. Try to ensure you go to bed and wake up early at the same time every day, aiming for between 6-9 hours of sleep each night. Although it might feel to enjoy a long lie at the weekend, doing this can actually make it harder to wake up on Monday morning!
02. The Evening Wind Down
It's important to help create some distinction in your day. Yet, with many of us working from home, it can be hard to switch off in the evening. That's why it's important to create an evening routine that works best for you - allowing you to relax before bed and ensure a better night's sleep. This is mainly a case of trial and error, but also creates an opportunity to try something new and find out what works best for you. It could be writing out a to-do list for the next day, drawing yourself a warm bath, practicing mindfulness or listening to relaxing music.
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03. Create your own Sleep Sanctuary
Once you've found the relaxation techniques that work best for you, it's also worth adjusting your bedroom to help create a calming environment. Having a space in our homes which our mind associates purely with rest and sleep helps to establish a sense of routine. Avoid watching TV or using your phone in bed, as the blue light emitted from the screen can disrupt our sleeping pattern. Instead, try swapping scrolling for reading a book or magazine.
04. Scents to Sleep
And so to bed. Before drifting off, incorporating scent into our evening wind-down can further strengthen the association our mind has with sleep. Certain fragrances, such as lavender or jasmine, are renowned for their sleep-enhancing properties. Featuring a calming blend of lavender and spearmint, try applying a spritz or two of our Glen Iorsa Pillow Mist to bedsheets to help promote relaxation and a sense of peace.