Sleep is amazing. No matter how bad your day has been, you can sleep it off and wake up feeling refreshed and much better. It is important to look after yourself, and not going to bed late will reduce stress and prepare your body for a more productive day ahead. Here are our top five ways to help you get to sleep earlier!
When playing peaceful songs, your body starts to desire sleep. Lie down in a dark, comfortable room, and listen to some binaural beats and delta waves. You will feel your body relax and slowly you'll fall to sleep without even realising it.
Say no to caffeine
Cut out all caffeine and alcohol before sleep. Caffeine can trigger you to become overactive and therefore, less likely to sleep. A study by researchers from the Henry Ford Hospital showed that even drinking one cup of coffee in the afternoon can cut sleep by an hour. We recommend sticking to water and getting a good rest - you deserve it.
Eliminate screen time
Don't watch any TV, go on your computer or play on your phone when you're in your bedroom ready to go to bed. The use of technology in bed has a reverse effect on your brain when trying to sleep and actually causes you to become more awake - yes really! Leave tech out of the bedroom and go to bed in peace.
Create a comfortable environment
Fresh bedding is a must when in dire need of a good night's sleep. Kit your bed out with the most comfortable quilts, pillows and throws to keep you warm and tucked up like royalty. Did you know that you spend nearly one third of your life in bed? Why not do it in style!
Take slow, long deep breaths as you lay in your bed. Deep breathing exercises can serve two purposes: they calm the central nervous system and act as a meditation to quiet the mind. Think about a relaxing place and breathe in and out deeply. This will get your mind and body into a state of relaxation, perfect for a good night's sleep.
If you follow these tips you will find that it will be easy to go to sleep early. You will wake up feeling motivated and more happy within yourself. Treat yourself to an early night if you've got a heavy schedule the next day, you'll feel amazing for it!
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