How to get a good night's sleep. Do's and don'ts

How to get a good night’s sleep – Part 1

Don’t do what my teenage stepson used to do – the one who complained he couldn’t sleep…

I walked into his room one day and discovered that he had his bed set up like this:

His pillow was at the foot of the bed and was bordered on either side by large speakers, out of which came some serious beat trance music.

On his pillow I saw his phone and an open bag with mixed lollies spilling out of it (nothing like a massive sugar hit right before you try and wind down for the night).

Hmmm. And he wondered why he couldn’t sleep?

Of course when I recommended he lose the music, the sweets and the phone, and tried going to bed earlier and turning his sleep around so his head was up at the head near the wall, he listened to all of my advice (not) and got a great night’s sleep. Ha! Sadly no.

For Christmas that year “Santa Claus” gave him a sleep CD, which never made it out of the packet. Ah well, we tried.

Dear boy. I have no idea what his sleep capacity is now as he left home some years ago, but I hope it’s improved.

Anything’s possible, particularly for the kid who wouldn’t let a single vegetable pass his lips then came home to visit aged 20 with his new girlfriend and had a great conversation with me about what kind of kale he puts in his green smoothies. 

Soooo, how’s YOUR sleep, and what kind of evening routine do you have?

Here are some of my tried-and-tested tips for a good night’s sleep:

  • Absolutely no devices in the bedroom while you’re sleeping (if you share a house and have no choice, turn them off at the power and put phones on flight mode)
  • Turn wifi off before you go to bed.
  • Dab a couple of drops of Lavender oil on a tissue or your pillowcase.
  • No screens an hour before bed
  • Gratitude practice – every night I write at least 3 things that I feel grateful for that day – this puts your mind and being in a positive place, which is really helpful, particularly if you’re going through a stressful time.
  • Read a few pages of a book – preferably something that’s not going to get your brain fired up and inspired.

If you are sleeping with a snorer, sleeping well can be an ongoing and extremely stressful issue and I sympathise with you. There are a couple of options that can be helpful, at least some of the time:

  • Try and go to bed before your snoring partner so you can at least get to sleep before they start.
  • Introduce them to the Snorer’s Friend, which is, as they say, “cheaper than a divorce”!  
  • Look into a CPAP machine if it’s really bad or they have sleep apnoea
  • Make sure you have a spare bed you can climb into if it gets really bad and none of the above work!
  • Good luck… ♥

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