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5 tips to help you sleep better

In honour of World Sleep Day I am talking all about sleep and I have to say, sleep and I are definitely frenemies. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I just wish I could wake up. Over the years I have come up with ways to help me sleep better, I mean we all know the rules of thumb; turn off screens 30-60 minutes before going to bed, don’t drink caffeine and make sure your room is a relaxing zone. But when all is said and done, we often come up with ways ourselves, that work for us personally and these are five of mine.

1) Pillow Spray.

I love a good pillow spray and I seem to swing between Avon’s Planet Spa Sleep Serenity Pillow Mist and This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray; depending on the amount of pennies I have spare when I need a new one. This Works, out of the two, definitely last longer and needs less pumps to really make your pillow smell amazing, but Avon’s one does the trick when needed and to be honest, switching between a choice of two means I never get overly used to one.

2) Reading,

This one helps break one of those “main” rules – no screens before bed. For a number of years after Kindles came out I told everyone I am never changing from books, how can you replace one with something electronic. Then I got one and realised that it wasn't so bad, I was no longer left worried about creased spins and dog eared corners and it took up so much less room. But back to reading before bed, this is something I have done for as long as I can remember and it definitely helps me to relax and drift off and to be honest, if I don’t manage to read, I don’t seem to get quite such a good night’s sleep.

5 tips to help you sleep better

3) Music.

This is probably another big no no for some, but I don’t do silence, never have and I am sure I never will. I try not to play new music at night, it either has to be something I have listened to many times over or the most boring radio station you can find. It also has to be turned down low so I have to try and tune into it, as focusing my mind on it seems to help me drift off.

4) Breathing.

If things are going badly I sometimes need to resort to thinking about my breathing, this is because I am more likely to succumb to bad thoughts once the night has drawn in (perhaps this is why I am more of a night owl as being awake and doing means I am less likely to be thinking). So if an anxiety attack hits as I’m trying to relax for the night, I try to work on square breathing to calm myself back down.

5) Let my imagination run wild.

This is really an if all else fails plan and its where I make stuff up or plan crazy holidays, I would never in a million years be able to afford but would oh so love to go on it and don’t tell anyone but it can actually be quite fun and I always seem to drift off just as I’m getting to the juicy details.

I'm not the only person celebrating World Sleep Day, in fact the lovely people at eve Sleep have so much going on, including giving away a mattress over on their twitter feed, all you need to do to enter is tweet them a friend, family member or even a pet having an unexpected snooze and tag it with #SleepSpotting to be in with a chance. But that's not it, they are also offering a huge £100 off all mattresses on their website, till midnight on Sunday 20th March, just use the code WORLDSLEEPDAY, to claim your discount now.

How are you going to be celebrating world sleep day?

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This article has 42 comments

  1. Charli

    I need to step away from my phone at night and reach for my kindle instead!

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    I’ll have to give pillow spray a try. I’ve tried a lot of different things to help me sleep better, and I’ve noticed that it takes several approaches working together to make it work.

  3. Rebecca Smith

    Some great tips here. I always try to read before bed x

  4. Catherine S

    Thanks for the great tips. I have a hard time going to sleep, I will try playing music tonight.

  5. Heather

    I just bought a really expensive pair of pillows from qvc. It seems to be working.

  6. Betsy SEgars

    Those are great tips! I love my pillow spray but always forget to use it!

    • Catherine S

      I agree, they are great tips. I am going to try reading and music to try and sleep better.

  7. Monica

    Sleep is so important to our health, and when things get super busy I need to focus on getting adequate rest. Great solid tips!

  8. Nayna Kanabar

    I am having some sleep issues lately so the pillow spray sounds great.

  9. Emma White

    I read a chapter a night at leats but I am a terrible sleeper and to date nothing helps at all not even medication

  10. Zoë IKIWN

    Oh I needed to read this today! I can be a terrible sleeper and sometimes I feel like I’ve tried everything. However I haven’t heard of pillow spray before but it sounds like such a simple, but effective, idea. I must look into it a bit more. x

  11. Ickle Pickle

    Great tips – I use lavender a lot – it is safe for little ones too, on a pillow. I need quality sleep! Kaz x

  12. Liz Mays

    I’ll have to remember these tips for tonight. I’ve never really tried listening to music before bed.

  13. Life as Mum

    I totally agree with Avon’s pillow mist! It’s lovely

  14. Marcie W.

    I love my sleep and I am all for anything that helps improve the quality I get. I never considered trying a pillow spray, but it sounds interesting.

  15. Seattle Travel Blogger

    There is some good sleep advice here!
    Sleep is so important for good health.

  16. Theresa

    I was put off with electronic books when they first came out too. However, I also find them to be excellent for taking to bed so I can read without disturbing hubby. Reading helps me fall asleep better before bed too.

  17. Annemarie LeBlanc

    I have never had problems sleeping, but my husband is the one who has trouble with it. The best thing we’ve tried so far is playing soft classical music all throughout the night. It does help!

  18. Leanne

    These are some good tips. I try to put my phone away and read my book instead whilst getting into bed at a reasonable time!

  19. Rhian Westbury

    I need to grab myself a pillow spray as sometimes I really struggle. I still read physical books as I just don’t like kindles, but this helps me relax loads before bed x

  20. Natasha Mairs

    I love to read before I go to sleep, helps be drift of quickly and I also use Avon’s sleep serenity lavender mist, but never thought about alternating with another brand, great tip!

  21. StressedMum

    There are some great tips here, my husband can not go to sleep without noise, he usually puts some boring documentary on that really does send you to sleep. I tend to have no problem going to sleep but do wake during the night so it is staying asleep which is my problem x

  22. Miles L.

    Lately, I’ve been having a hard time staying asleep. These tips are truly helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Jeanine

    Sleeping has become pretty hard for me at the stage I’m at. But this is all so helpful, hopefully I can nip it in the bud asap!

  24. Ann Bacciaglia

    These are great tips for getting a good sleep. I always sleep better in a cool dark room.

  25. Jessica McDonnell

    Really good tips, I will definitely try these. I’ve been struggling to sleep a lot lately.

  26. ana

    I didn’t know there was a National Sleep Day until last night! I wish I had better sleep and I like the idea of using pillow spray.

  27. Margaret Gallagher

    Great tips for sleep
    If I follow my routine I sleep well
    It’s when I start to ignore what I should be doing that I don’t sleep well thanks for your advice

  28. Fashion and Style Police

    I use pillow sprays sometimes and I read a good book as well. That helps me drift off.

  29. Rosey

    Reading does put me to sleep. I used to try and do homework before bedtime and I was knocked out cold before I finished the first page, every single time.

  30. Lisa Rios

    Being a working mom & having 2 naughty kids around, I have been always poor when it comes to sleeping. These are some great tips that could help me utilize it when I get some time to relax. Music in a less volume is something I have always preferred when I need some sleep right away.

  31. Idaintyit

    I am a terrible sleeper! My mind tends to run away and it keeps me awake so the last point won’t work for me but reading does make you tired! I need to try a pillow spray I have heard good things

  32. Toni

    The one thing I know about sleep is that I don’t get enough of it. Great tips!

  33. Shannon Gurnee

    These are definitely some great tips for sleeping better! I need to try some of these because I haven’t been sleeping very well lately. Thanks for sharing.

  34. Tracey

    So needed this post! I have been major issues with sleeping lately.

  35. Nicole Escat

    Sleeping is so hard to get every night, this is a huge help for me. So glad you shared it.

  36. Amber NElson

    I think I would definitely sleep on world sleep day. That would be my dream! I don’t get enough sleep, period.

  37. WhatLauraLoves

    This is such a great post, I really love these tips because I suffer with anxiety and it can get worse at bedtime. You’re so right about breathing. I learnt that as a trick in a meditation/mindfulness class xxx

  38. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Lots of great tips!
    I find that switching off all technology a few hours before bed really helps.

  39. Olha Parker

    Thank you for the tips. I sometimes have hard times trying to fall asleep, can spend about and hour counting my sheep.

  40. Sandra Fortune

    As a sufferer of generalised anxiety disorder I can either oversleep or undersleep makes no difference as I am as rough as pan scoured in the mornings. I don’t get into action properly until midday. I can recommend deep relaxation exercises when you get into bed. I use a CD player and headphones and have gone off and woken with the headphones on in the morning. I did a couple of aromatherapy courses some years ago & can also recommend an oily massage too. Getting your partner to do it though if like mine he’s too heavy handed. ! A saucer or container with grapeseed oil , a few drops of lavender & Roman chamomile oil in is really relaxing. I put lavender oil on my pulse points too.

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