How To Get Your Best Night’s Sleep
With the current crisis disrupting our schedules and daily routines, it’s only natural our sleeping patterns might be affected. Maybe the uncertainty keeps your mind racing at night. Or maybe now you don't need to commute, you’ve been waking up a little later. Either way, you’re not alone! But good quality sleep is essential for your mental wellbeing. So read on for a better night’s rest, from hacks for falling asleep to ways to sleep better.
Your Guide To Getting A Good Night’s Sleep
A Blissful Bedroom
Working from home? It's tempting to tackle email from the comfort of your snug bed – but if you can, avoid confusing work and rest for the best chance of a peaceful night's sleep. Try and keep your workspace away from your bedroom. Change out of pajamas each day, even if it's just to slip into just-as-comfy joggers. Turn your sleeping space into a sanctuary: regularly refresh your bedding, and dig out your softest sleepwear. Home fragrance, especially lavender, can help you fall speedily into slumber, too.
A Regular Routine
Try and stick to a routine, both for bedtime and waking up. It’s easy to disrupt your sleep quality by taking naps now that you have more free time – but be mindful of how this might affect how you sleep at night. One of the best known, but hardest to follow hacks to fall asleep is to try to take a break from tech around two hours before bedtime. If you can’t stop scrolling, at least lower the brightness of your screen. Struggling to switch off? A warm bath before bed can help your body unwind.
Wake Up Refreshed
Set an alarm and stick to it (that’s right: no hitting snooze!). Your body will naturally become tuned to waking at a certain time, making getting out of bed much easier. Open your blinds and curtains to let natural light in, and make your bed, so it's ready for that evening. Try to give yourself a little free time each morning to do a short at-home workout or meditation routine before a healthy breakfast.