This month, we’ve been focusing on how small changes can make big things happen with our #habitschallenge. Getting more sleep is a great healthy habit that can have such an impact on every area of our lives. We call this a key habit, as it can have a unique roll of effect to other great habits, which all-together can have an amazing impact on our lives as a whole.
Be inspired to get a better night’s rest and feel great with these simple ideas:
1. Create a device free zone
Your bedroom should be a calming oasis, free from any distracting digital devices. This way, when you get into bed, you’re already signalling to your brain that it’s time to settle down and get to sleep. Also, did you know that the artificial light from our phones and tablets actually confuses our body into thinking it’s still daytime, so we’re less likely to switch off. To combat this, stay away from using your devices for at least an hour before bed, even to check the time. Why not use a gorgeous Desk Clock as an alarm so you have no excuse to sneak your phone into bed with you?
2. Cut out caffeine and sugar after 4pm
It might be tempting to reach for dessert, or a cup of tea after dinner but any sugar or caffeine in the evenings is going to give you energy, rather than help you unwind. Instead switch to a calming herbal tea to help you switch off. Serve it in your favourite teapot and love incorporating this beautiful routine into your evenings.
3. Set a routine
We’ve already mentioned some small things we can do to signal to our brain that it’s time to sleep, but there are so many ways that changing your daily routine can help. Things like going to bed at the same time each night, reading a book for 15 minutes or having a bath all act an indicators to stimulate sleep.
Focusing on calming, relaxing activities in the evenings will help bring a sense of peace that is essential to a good night’s sleep. If you love to exercise in the evenings, why not switch to doing this in the morning instead? The endorphins will help energise you for the day and you can use your evenings to do calming meditation or yin yoga instead.
4. Don’t stress
For many of us, when life gets busy, it’s difficult to banish stress and anxiety from our minds at night. Rather than fighting this feeling, turn it into something positive by writing down any thoughts and reminders in a notebook. Keeping a 3AM Journal and a pen by your bed means you can simply jot down any tasks and thoughts that pop into your brain. You’ll love the calm and in control feeling that comes from knowing you have a plan in place to action everything in the morning.
5. Use an eye mask
If your room isn’t perfectly dark, sleeping with an eye mask can help your brain produce melatonin, the chemical that helps us sleep. It’s also a great way to cut out any other distractions so you can clear your mind and drift off easily.
We hope these tips help you get a better night’s rest. Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below.