Although I’ve never had full on insomnia, I’m not a great sleeper. I honestly can’t remember the last time I didn’t wake up at some point during the night and it seems to take me at least 45 minutes to an hour to fully drop off. As such, I’m a bit obsessed with sleeping tips and tricks and, as a result, have tried just about everything. Today I thought I’d share 5 sleeping tips that I’ve found to actually work.
Invest in an eye mask. Since discovering the Holistic Silk Sleeping Mask earlier this year I’ve become utterly dependent on it. I seem to have a much better sleep whenever I wear it. The scientific reasoning for this is two-fold. Firstly, when your brain senses pure darkness, your body begins to produce melatonin, which we all know is often referred to as the sleep chemical. Secondly, putting a light pressure on your eyes (nothing too tight, just a very delicate pressure) activates what is known as our oculocardiac reflex. When triggered, your pulse rate is lowered hence helping you to ease into sleep easier. As mentioned, I adore my Holistic Silk mask for reasons mentioned here, but any mask that completely covers your eyes and doesn’t drag the skin will do the trick.
Check the air flow. I’m a big believer in having the window open at night, but during the winter months this isn’t always as easy. Luckily we’ve had quite a mild December, but once the real winter hits I will still leave my window open for a good hour before I go to bed. The fresh air gets rid of any staleness hanging around and allows for a much better sleeping environment.
Set the scene. Your room should be a place of tranquility, so if you’ve got piles of clothes, messy surfaces and old glasses knocking about it’s probably not going to send the best signals to your brain that a good night sleep is on the cards. Apparently 1 in 3 people will sleep better in a luxury hotel room so try to recreate that vibe at home with a tidy room, good quality bedding and a relaxing colour palette.
Magnesium, magnesium, magnesium! I REALLY notice when I don’t take magnesium at night. For those that aren’t aware of magnesium’s miracle properties, it triggers a sequence of “wind down” processes to prepare you for sleep. This includes lowering your brain temperature, reducing the stress chemical cortisol, and most significantly, it’s a natural muscle relaxant so it helps to give you that soft, sleepy feeling so you’re ready for bed. I feel tired just typing this out! I take these ones from Lambert’s as they’re the most bioavailable form I’ve found to date.
I’d love to know any sleeping tips and tricks you have that I might not have heard of, so please do let me know by leaving a comment below.
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