I used to struggle quite a lot with getting to sleep easily and quickly – I used to work long evening shifts, usually starting at 5pm and often finish at about 1:30am. Then I’d still be wired and awake and struggle to settle down.
Nowadays I have a more structured working life, 9-6 or 10-7, 5 days a week. I’m eating properly and sleeping so much better! But for those of you who still struggle, I thought I’d share a few of my tips in what helps me wind down.
- Drink herbal tea before bed
This one is a classic. Decaffeinated tea is obviously preferable, as we don’t want to properly keep you awake. I personally like camomile tea to wind down and chill me out, and it has a very light taste. Another good one is perhaps a rose tea, or M&S does a calming detox one which is loooovely. In fact, M&S’s whole range of herbal teas is amazing. I would check it out if I were you!
2) Read something fluffy
I don’t know if it’s just me, but reading honestly makes me fall asleep, and quite quickly. It’s frustrating because it means it takes me forever to get through a book. I’ve been trying desperately to read Game of Thrones properly because I absolutely love it, but I just can’t stay awake long enough to get through 2 pages. A good genre to read to help you wind down is a fluffy one – a nice romance or even old fairytales. Waterstones do these stunning cloth books, where they’ve remade old classics into beautiful, vintage-style books.
3) Have a luxurious bubble bath
This makes me sleepy straight away. The amount of times I’ve had a hot bath and gone to lie down watching my partner play games and fallen asleep straight away… I can’t wait for when the weather is ACTUALLY fitting the month, and it’s chilly outside so we can all cosy up indoors. I chuck all sorts into my baths. At the moment I use Zoella Bath Latte, and the Let Them Eat Cake blueberry cupcake bubble bath. I end up washing my body with the Treacle Moon Marshmallow Hearts wash and finishing with a Lush Cosmetics soap. I make myself all different smells basically. Because I have my baths very hot, it makes me very sleepy afterwards.
4) Cuddle up
I’m not ashamed to admit that I do still have most of my old teddies. If my partner isn’t there, I cuddle up to one of those (the latest little friend is actually a plush of The Joker from Batman!) or even a big cushion or pillow. If you do have a significant other to cosy up to, one thing that helps us wind down is talking about our day and planning what we’ll do tomorrow. This will take your mind off any little niggles you have that might keep you awake thinking
I’m obsessed. I’ve got the worst obsession with scented candle at the moment. A good place to get them is either Homebase, or Primark. I’ve got loads of Primark ones for about £2/£3 a pop. Admittedly they don’t last forever, but the scents are never overpowering or too sickly. I personally have never owned a Yankee candle, or a Bath and Body Works one, but I have had a look into them. I have a lot at the end of my bed, and when I watch programmes or films I light them and it gives off such a cosy atmosphere that it makes me sleep rather quickly. My favourite Primark candles are the white tea and peony one, and also the blue Marrakesh one.
Hopefully these tips might help a few people settle down. I know they help me lots now.
Any more suggestions, please comment them on this post. I’d love to see what other methods people use to send them off to lullabye land!
Night night xo