Getting a perfect night's sleep: top tips

18.2.13

The excitement of Christmas means that many of us will have returned to work feeling tired.  We should all be trying for the recommended eight hours sleep a night, and this is even more important during the winter months when our immune systems are often weakened. Hectic schedules mean that switching off at the end of day can be tricky, and sleep patterns often suffer as a result. However, getting in that eight hours a night can be achieved by sticking to a few simple guidelines.

Perfect pyjamas
Being uncomfortable in bed can lead to tossing and turning, and being over – or under-dressed may cause you to wake up feeling too hot or cold. Wearing comfortable nightwear is therefore the first step we should all take. Women’s pyjamas in natural fabrics are ideal for regulating body temperature and feel soft on the skin too. You’ll find a fab range at Very.co.uk, including traditional flannel shirt and trouser combos and three-piece sets with matching robes.

Routines and habits 
Drifting off to sleep is a problem for many, so getting into a regular routine before bed can help your mind de-activate and leave you feeling relaxed. Different routines and habits will benefit different people, but look into doing something that de-stresses body and mind. Taking a warm bath,reading a book, or listening to relaxing music may all help. Lavender oil is said to have sleep-inducing effects, so try a couple of drops in your bath or on your pillow.

Things to avoid
A good night's sleep may be just as much about the things you don’t do, as the things you do do. Caffeine is a stimulant and can leave you feeling energised and awake – not what you want when trying to nod off! Swap coffee and tea for decaff or herbal versions in the evening, and steer clear of fizzy drinks, which can contain caffeine. Working at a computer can also keep the mind active, so set a cut-off time for using your computer or smart phone; a couple of hours before bed.
Stick to these simple guidelines to up your chances of a restful sleep, and you’ll wake in the morning feeling refreshed 


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16 comments

  1. I need this in my life. Job stress insomnia is torturing me!

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    1. I drank a Red Bull before the gym the night I published this...I couldn't sleep until 1am! Never again x

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  2. Avoiding computers (and phones)just before bed is a big one for me... I know it'll benefit me but I always end up using them anyway! I often scroll through twitter on my phone when I can't sleep and it's such a bad idea... xx

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    1. Yes! Sometimes when I can't sleep I end up Wikipedia'ing the most random things, and then it keeps me awake all night! x

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  3. I really need to turn off the computer in the evenings before I'm practically snoozing on my keyboard! x

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    1. I'm quite good with the laptop...it's the phone I'm addicted to in the evening! x

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  4. I need these tips! I've slept so badly lately! Great post x

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    1. I've got into the habit where I have to have YouTube playing quietly to send me off to sleep. I don't know whether that's good or bad, because before I could have slept anywhere! x

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  5. I'm obsessed with sleep so do most of these things already, however, it was nice to read a blog post devoted to my favourite subject so thank you xx

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    1. I sometimes think it would be nice to do little routines to help relax me, but in reality I'm such a sleepy person that it doesn't really matter! x

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  6. haha! I was thinking about writing a post like this!!
    Wonderful tips!! Lavender is always a lovely idea for drifting off to a sweet sleep!!

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    1. I've never tried it! I have a Sleep Balm from Avon that I use when I can't drift off x

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  7. Fab post, some great tips!

    - keyta

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    1. Hopefully you found them useful! x

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