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.
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.
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.
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?