Getting the perfect night's sleep is a fantastic way to put you in the best mood, making you ready for whatever the day throws at you. I have to admit, sometimes I find getting a good night's sleep hard work. I stay up too late, replying to emails, sharing blog posts, engaging with readers, which all means that I often don't go to bed when I originally planned. Then I often get awoken by a two year old wanting a cuddle at 5am. You get the picture.
Here are a few ways, to ensure you switch off and get the best possible night's sleep.
Literally switch off
I think we are all guilty of spending a little bit too much time on our phones. For me, running a blog it comes with the territory, but once me and Jamie do get to sit down to relax, I always try to just put my phone away. It's good to disconnect from the world sometimes. Lots of people have tried "blackout" evenings where phones, laptops, social media are not allowed to be used, I think it would be nice to adopt that in the New Year. Having said that, one of my favourite ways to relax is to watch one of our favourite TV series in bed, falling asleep whilst watching something, always leads me into a relaxed and deep sleep.
Have a bath
I know quite a few people who would say "no thanks", and I just don't get those kinds of people. Having a bath, is one of my ultimate relaxations. I just let all my stress melt away, pampering myself or reading a good book. Perfect!
Create the perfect setting
Everyone loves that new sheet feeling, you always get that wonderful "ahh" moment when you slip into bed. I love to treat myself to new bedding every now and then, it can literally change the whole feel of a room. We keep thinking of changing our mattress to something a little more luxurious, to help us fall into a deeper sleep, which is so beneficial to your health and mental well-being. There are some amazing mattresses out there, Sealy has developed their mattresses to give greater support where it is needed and softer in other areas, such as the hips - all to help align your spine to reduce the aches and pains you can get from other mattresses.
It may seem a strange one, but sometimes if I'm lying in bed and I can't sleep, it's because I have lots of things on my mind. I find talking to Jamie, my Husband (never gets old calling him that!) can help me relax enormously. Just getting everything off my chest, talking through my worries, how I'm feeling at that particular moment or even just deciding what we are going to do the next day, really helps me to unwind. If you don't have anyone to talk to, like me when Jamie has to work a late shift, I find writing things down helpful too.
Ultimately, it's really important that you get the right amount of sleep. Too much or too little can both then go onto effect your day, I'm guilty of the latter. So now, as I have finished writing this post, I am now going to head to bed and read my book - I'm currently reading 'Gone Girl'.
Night Night folks.
Mummy B xoxox