Sleep is something I have a love hate relationship with, when I go to bed at night I know I only fall asleep quickly as I take medication that helps me, without it I suffer badly with insomnia. Then there is the fact I suffer with fatigue, take this Sunday just gone, I slept for over 14 hours which leaves me feeling sometimes like I miss out so much on life.
I was recently sent this article about how waking up early can help fuel your wellbeing and while waking up early might be something I can only dream of, perhaps the tips I've come up with to help me deal with sleep, will help some of you wake up with more of a spring in your step.
1. Switch Off
Electronics are great, it's wonderful to natter to your friends on the computer or if you so happen to like to, play computer games. However doing them just before you sleep can leave your brain running in circles, so switch off half an hour or an hour to before you head to bed.
2. Stop the caffeine.
I live on tea, but around 6 or 7 in the evening I switch to decaffeinated, personally I can't really tell the difference when it comes to taste and we all know how caffeine itself can help keep us awake.
3. Keep your room clutter free.
A peaceful and clutter free room can help you relax more, while for many it seems like a good idea to have a TV in your bedroom sometimes it can turn it into another living area, instead of a room for resting.
4. Use a room spay.
We all find different fragrances relax us, for me it is Lavender and so I often use a pillow or room spray before I go to sleep to help soothe and calm me.
5. Set a regular bedtime.
This is a hard one and one I don't stick to as much as I should, but we can and do get used to going to sleep and waking up around the same time, so getting yourself into a routine can really help in the long run.
So there are five tips from me, but what about you, what helps you get a better night's sleep?
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