Every so often I go through unbearable phases of not being able to sleep. Its usually when I'm stressed, as you'd expect, but sometimes for no real reason at all. When I really struggle to clear my mind, I get myself out of bed and write a list or something to offload, but otherwise, here are a few simple things that have changed the way I fall asleep and how I feel upon waking.
The most important comes first! We spent just under half of our lives in bed, so its worth investing in proper support and a really decent bed. When I moved in with Dan, we both dropped so much money in Dreams UK - On a super king sized bed and individual pocketed mattress (so I can't feel him fidgeting at night), expensive latex pillows and high thread count egyptian cotton. That was over a year ago and neither of us have any regrets, and we both look forward to climbing into our huge welcoming bed, whereas I used to wake up with neck ache. Maybe thats just age, but if anything, the latex ones are worth forking out for, they're still exactly the same shape and firmness and so incredibly comfortable. My mum has just got a new Silentnight mattress too, its hypoallergenic (which apparently helps with acne too) and as well as being individually sprung, it has a latex 'pillow' top layer. I've tried it, and its an absolute dream. Her opinion matches mine, in that getting a decent nights sleep and getting up ache free is absolutely priceless, so worth spending money on.
I think candles really set an ambient mood for bed, and when I'm really struggling, this does help. Dan bought me a relaxing lavender scented yankee candle (£17) a while back, and I usually light it a while before we're planning to go to sleep to let off a nice relaxing scent (though the smoke when its blown out often ruins it).
This Works Pillow Spray £16 //
I'm not sure how well this really works, but the aroma is quite relaxing and I love spraying it all over the bed. I'm sure after a while you'd start to associate the smell with sleep which kick starts something up in the cortex, but either way, if it helps me fall asleep I'm all over it.
Other Tips //
// A hot bath, perhaps with one of Lush's yummy 'Dreamtime' bath melts (£3.25).
// Keep your room dark, quiet, and on the cooler side (Not as cool as Dan would like mind, who insisted on having the air con set so low whilst we slept on holiday that I got so terribly ill from it, haha)!
// Warm milk? Mmm...
// And if you're really struggling, there are a tonne of tips here.
Is this post making me seem like a full blown oldie?
Ah well, what are your tips for getting a good nights sleep?