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If you know me, you’ll know that my favourite place on earth is my bed. And if you don’t, well you know now. There is nothing that can’t be cured by curling yourself up in a duvet burrito on a nice soft mattress and shutting out the world – I should know, I’ve spent most of the last month doing just that. So what do you do when you curl up in bed and just…can’t sleep?
I value my sleep far too much for a 24 year old woman. When I was little, I was unable to function unless I’d had a good 12 hours sleep and honestly, as I’ve got older I don’t think much has changed so you can imagine my horror when for the most part of the last 4 weeks I’ve been plagued by dreams that wake me up in tears, and generally disturbed nights.
May is #BetterSleepMonth and I’ve teamed up with the guys at Casper to give you guys tips for a better month’s sleep!
My main problem right now is that my mind just will not switch off, especially at night! I’ve found some sneaky ways around this, so if you’re suffering too, read my 10 tips below to help you with your slumber:
1. Meditation – I’m starting to get really into yoga and meditation and I find that 10 minutes meditation just before I go to bed each night is really helping me to clear my mind ready to sleep. There are some fantastic mediation playlists on Spotify which I would highly recommend.
2. Turn those screens off! I know how tempting it is to browse Twitter or Instagram just one last time before you head to bed, but an hour away from technology before you sleep makes so much difference.
3. Read. If you’re not a book fan, grab your favourite magazine and unwind for a while – not only does this limit screen time, it also helps to relax your mind and tire you out before you need to sleep.
4. Make a to-do list. An hour or two before bed, write down all the things you need to do the following day. Getting them down on paper before you sleep gives you time to deal with them in your head so that you’re not keeping yourself up worrying.
5. Pamper time. Have a bath, put on a face mask and relax with some music. Treating yourself to some much needed me-time can really relax you ready for a good snooze.
6. No caffeine before bed – I made the mistake of drinking diet coke before bed last week and even that tiny bit of caffeine in my system made a huge difference. For me I find that no caffeine after 7pm works best, but you might be different – substitute your coffee with hot chocolate or even hot water and lemon.
Let me know if you’ve got any tips of your own, I’d love to hear them, and make sure you check out Casper’s blog for more sleep tips!
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