The message of the importance of sleep is everywhere, however for many it isn’t as simple as just dozing off. Studies have shown only 2 in 3 adults get the recommended amount of sleep each night – between 6 and 9 hours – which can be due to many factors such as busy schedules, stress, anxieties and young children.
We don’t have a magical cure that will definitely help you, but we have some tips that might put some of you on the right track to improving your sleep.
1.Keep a Sleep Routine
Routine is a great place to start when you’re trying to improve your sleep. First, figure out when you want to wake up, and work back from there – remember you’re looking for between 6 to 9 hours a night so find somewhere within that frame you feel comfortable with.
When thinking about routine, it’s important to think about your activities before bed and incorporate these into your sleep routine too.
2. Winding Down
Think about what you do before bed, do you normally scroll on your phone? Do you watch TV? Are you talking on the phone with a friend? All of these activities stimulate the brain and make it harder for your brain and body to shut down. There are lots of ways to relax, the key is finding whichever works best for you. Gentle activities like yoga, meditation and reading can do wonders for your mental health and wellbeing, along with improving your sleep and it’s a great place to start your sleep journey.
Another popular mode of relaxation is sinking into a warm bath which helps wash the day away, blocks out the rest of the world and allows your body to reach a temperature that pairs perfectly with sleep. To boost relaxation, you could try our Glen Iorsa Bath & Shower Gel, fragranced with lavender for the ultimate de-stressing effect.
3. Transform your Bedroom
A word that continues to pop up is relaxation, and your bedroom should act as a tranquil sleep sanctuary to keep the relaxation going. Avoid using any technology in your bed, especially phones that emit blue light, leading to disrupted sleep patterns. Instead opt for a book or some relaxing sounds until you fall asleep.
Creating the right environment for sleep can also be aided by scents. Lavender is proven to have calming properties and is a great way to introduce calming qualities to a space. You could try burning our Mountain Lavender Candle before you get into bed, the aroma will linger long after you blow it out and you can take in the sleep inducing scent around you. If you don’t like the idea of using Candles, our Calming Pillow Mist is a great alternative and can be used as a pillow spray, body spray or room spray to create the perfect haven.
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