Products marked with a * have been gifted.
I made it no secret that I used to really struggle to get to sleep, or stay asleep. I’d spend hours wide awake scrolling social media in the early hours only to find myself groggy and tired the rest of the waking hours. But once it was bed time, could I get to sleep? Nope.
Yet since changing up my routine, that’s all a thing of the past.
We all know that sleeping well directly affects you both mentally and physically, so getting a good night’s sleep is something that we should all be looking to achieve. But, even with knowing this, the majority of us just can’t seem to get a good kip.
I wanted to share today a few tips that have helped me find a healthy balance in sleeping and ways which have helped to stop me tossing and turning all night, and my choice of bedding has been a major part of that. As well as a brief review of The Gx Suspension Pillow* which has been wonderful for aiding my sleep.
Keep in a routine
I can’t stress how important this is to help you sleep at night. I know people think I’m crazy for setting an alarm, even at the weekends, but sleeping in and losing that routine makes me feel so groggy the next day. I definitely know when I’m out of routine.
Much to Alex’s dismay, I’m not a napper either. Napping can be a good way to make up for lost sleep, but all I find they do is make me feel wide awake at night. If you are a napper, keep naps to no more than 15 minutes in the early afternoon.
I’ve also found having some sort of routine after dinner has helped too. Instead of crashing out on the sofa and watching telly, I tend to do something a little stimulating. Something that keeps my brain active just before bed. Whether that’s the washing, cleaning up or trying to solve a candy crush level, it keeps me from drifting off and losing routine.
Control light exposure
I don’t actually know how I slept before being sent a Pure Silk Sleep Mask. The mask provides the ultimate softness and it’s comfortable to wear, whilst blocking out all light sources. Having a room that’s dark can be hard work when you’ve got the sun shining through at the crack of dawn, but the mask really does help keep you asleep much longer.
I even took it to America with me because I knew I wouldn’t get sleep without it.
Alex tends to scroll on his phone before bed, usually looking at some sort of sports news, so even the light from the phone can seem so bright when it’s dark, but I don’t even see it with my silk mask on. Once the mask is on, I’m usually asleep no longer than 10 minutes later.
Now, getting to sleep so quickly wouldn’t be as easy if I wasn’t resting on a comfortable pillow.
If you’re tired of waking up in the night and punching your pillow back into shape, then I have the pillow you’ve been looking for.
The Gx suspension pillow contains innovative internal tie technology which pulls the pillow in and up to cradle your head and neck, whilst holding its shape. It is a dream to sleep on.
I’d recommend getting your hands on The Gx Suspension Pillow in Medium-soft (also available in medium-firm for those who like a firmer pillow) retailing online at £27.00 for one, £49.99 for 2 or £108 for a family pack of 5. I do think they’re great value and offer fantastic support throughout the night.
Exercise during the day
I know, exercise kinda solves everything, right?
I always try to get in my steps everyday, and with Disney recently I’ve really been racking them up. Nonetheless, I always aim for around 10,000 steps a day, which I usually achieve by mid-afternoon.
If you do struggle, yoga or light exercise around an hour before bedtime could be beneficial.
Wind down and clear your head
I’m in my head far more than I’d care to admit, and much more often than Alex would prefer, but here we are.
No matter how you look at it, stress is one of the main reasons for regularly waking up in the night. Taking steps to manage the stress levels and learning how to keep your mind at rest is one of the biggest challenges of getting to sleep, but once you find a way, it will do you wonders.
Playing a few games on my phone takes my mind off of other things and keeping away from social media at least an hour before bed too. Though, I’m not always so good at not opening social media. But, I notice when I’ve been on social media before bed and it’s not always the best sleep.
I do love looking through our photos though before bed, especially ones where we’re on holiday.
I also love listening to relaxing music and have recently started listening to a Disney piano collection on YouTube, either when I’m writing or when I feel like I need to switch off. It’s actually what I have on now, whilst I’m typing away.
Prepare for bed
I like to let my body know it’s time for bed by maintaining my skincare regime and that is always Bioderma Micellar water* followed by Bioderma moisturising cream. The weirdest thing I do to prepare for sleep though is to spray a spritz of perfume. I’m not sure whether it’s psychological, but I’m letting it run its course. I find that when I can smell myself smelling nice, I get comfier far quicker.
In a strange way, it’s probably the same as having a comfort blanket. I associate the perfume with good memories and positivity and cleanliness, so it just helps me get a better night sleep.
It might sound crazy, but it’s worth a try!