When it comes to catching the Zs, we like to make it a whole experience – here are 12 do-able tricks to sleep better.
If sleep is for the weak, then we never want to be strong. Getting good sleep is of utmost important to us because secretly we all want to be morning people (plus a good breakfast is a nice incentive). But there’s the science-y part too, like how good sleep results in increased energy and productivity, improved heart and immune system health, a better mood, clearer skin and hell yeah, we want all of that too! If you’re always tired in the mornings, try these tips…
Bed, bedsheets and beyond
First things first, you have to get the setting right. A nice bed, a mattress with the perfect soft-firm balance, and cool, crisp sheets will definitely get you snoozing in no time. Time to get shopping!
Fluff up your pillows
Are you a fluffy pillow type? Plump them up, switch off the lights in my room and make sure it is very, very dark, plug in your earpiece for some relaxing music and make sure I have some extra pillows (fluffed up, of course) around me.
Stick to a schedule
Hate routines? Well, if anything this is the only one you should stick to. If you do only one thing to improve your sleep, going to bed at the same time every night and getting up at the same time every morning (even on weekends!) will help your body stay in sync. The science behind it is that a regular sleep routine keeps your biological clock steady so you rest better. Set those alarms…
Keep a sleep journal
If you have trouble sleeping, keeping a sleep journal is a good way to track your sleeping habits. Sleep doctors already make their patients with insomnia keep a sleep log. Although it is a subjective tool, it does help find objective problems. Whether it’s a hard-to-kick caffeine habit or a late night exercise routine, there’ll be something there to show you why you’re awake at an ungodly hour every night. For sleep journals, shop from kikki.K’s dreamy sleep stationery collection.
Yes, tech can be your friend at nighttime. Check out the app A Soft Murmur: play ambient sounds to help you focus or relax, whichever mood you are going for. Our tip? The ‘birds + wave + wind’ combo is rather conducive to naps, and appreciate the white noise and singing bowl options.
After you’ve set the mood with the pillows and sheets, it’s time to let the power of aromatherapy work its wonders. Whether it’s a scented candle or a diffuser for essential oils, we’re true believers that scents and smells can affect moods. Take lavender for example: it slows the the activity of the nervous system, improves sleep quality, creates more stable mood and better concentration and reduce anxiety and bergamot is known to be a powerful mood booster.
We’re particularly into Nightshade Sleep Mode Roll On by Mmerci Encore. Roll on this dreamy concoction loaded with lavender and patchouli and taking a deep breath to get into wind-down mode.
Spritz the mist
Reach maximum levels of chill with calming pillow mists. Scent up the whole room, and your pillows too with your choice of pillow mists. Out favourites are the L’Occitane Aromachologie Pillow Mist that has Provencal lavender, with a hint of rosemary, This Works’ Deep Sleep Pillow Spray with vetivert, wild chamomile and lavender and Utama Spice’s Lavender Pillow Spray. Now sleep your way to Nirvana.
Take a chill pill
On sleepless nights, try Swisse Sleep supplements, which contain Valerian root – known for its ability to help you drift off into sleep…
Lotions and potions
This cult product has magically managed to prove skeptics wrong. The Lush Sleepy lotion definitely smells like a dream – it’s made with a gentle oatmeal infusion, calming lavender flower and comfortingly sweet tonka absolute. Drift away.
What’s the tea?
For years, chamomile tea has been used as a natural remedy to reduce inflammation, decrease anxiety and treat insomnia. And while it’s an acquired taste, there are a lot more options for sleepy time tea out there. Just remember to keep it caffeine-free!
Turn down the light
Light at night (especially before sleeping) is bad for your health and blue light has particularly adverse effects, from poor sleep quality to more serious illnesses. So put away all your phones and laptops far from your bed to avoid the bad habit of using your devices right before you snooze off. Tip: try using an actual alarm clock instead to wake you up!
Shut out all noise
Noise plays a huge role, especially during the early stages of sleep. Pop on a pair of handy earbuds or even better – invest in a pair of noise-cancelling earphones. QuietOn’s earbuds are great for blocking out snoring and other ambient sounds that stop you from getting enough shut-eye.