Top 5 tips for a good nights sleep

There is nothing worse than waking up feeling unrefreshed, or you're wide awake tossing and turning all night. I, myself have trouble getting to sleep, and trust one wants to meet me on no sleep!

Here are my top 5 tips for a good night's sleep that'll have you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

1. Relax! Sounds so simple, right? I always get into the mood by having an evening shower, put on my LED lights on a subtle setting, a mug of earl grey next to my bed and I get in and it just feels so good. Try and do something that will help relax you, can be writing before you go to bed, and evening stroll. Whichever it is, go ahead and do it.

2. Put your phone to bed. It is so hard to just not do your evening scroll on TikTok, we always tell ourselves ‘I’ll have a quick look’ then next thing we know 2 hours has gone by, we’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of finding out what happens at the end of a series we’ve never even heard of and we’re grouchy the next day. Have a little scroll before you get into bed, your bed should just be for sleeping (and in my case snacking with cups of tea) 

3. Routine. This helps children and babies and it works for us adults too. I used to just look at the time and realise it’s 1am and I should’ve been in bed hours ago. Create a routine that works best for you. If skincare is involved, a shower/bath, some chilled music, whichever it is set one that’ll help you unwind.

4. Watch what you eat and drink. I’m not going to sit here and tell you what you should and shouldn’t be putting into your body because I’m guilty for a glass of wine and some chocolate. However it’s true that certain foods and drinks do not help towards a good night sleep. Some being spicy foods, foods high in sugar, alcohol and of course… caffeine. Perhaps opt for some alternatives and see what helps and what doesn't.

5. Quit daytime napping. This is so hard, I’m a big believer in listening to your body and what it needs however this can affect the quality and duration of your sleep when it comes to going to bed. Try and not nap throughout the day if you can help it and see if it helps you at all.

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