Can’t Sleep? Try These 12 Sleeping Tricks To Be Your Fittest Self In The Morning!
Sleep is one of the most precious things, but do you sometimes struggle to sleep soundly? People can be either heavy or light sleepers, but either way we can find it hard in the morning to get up and get on when we’ve not slept our best. Experts have given us a great selection of tricks to sleeping and we’ve also to consider our diet and surroundings when hitting the hay. Get in the know of these 12 tips to your most perfect beauty sleep.
#1 Get yourself an eye mask!
It is well known that eye masks truly help with a good night’s sleep. Blocking out light and distractions will help your mind & body realize that it’s nighttime and that it’s time to relax. Silk masks are the best as they’re also great for your skin and gentle on the eyes.
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#2 Put down the phone and read a book
When you head to bed, pick up a book or magazine instead of your phone. In a world where we feel the need to be continuously connected, it’s important for your sleep, and your eyes, to go offline more often. Reading is great for your imagination and dreams too. Make it a new habit to avoid your phone when it’s bedtime, and use the silent or ‘Do Not Disturb’ function to have a distract-free sleep.
#3 Good sheets make for good sleep
A great trick to a good night’s sleep is genuinely with good sheets. One spends an average of six hours in bed, tossing and turning during the night, and if you do this more often than sleeping it could be due to lack of good sheets. Your undersheet, duvet & pillow covers should be of a high quality, cotton or silk materials and feel comfortable.
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#4 A little massage goes a long way
Massages are known to relax our muscles, bodies and minds, and expert Sanjay Gupta, M.D. explains that using our thumbs and pushing up on the bone at the top of the eye sockets will help relieve pressure, calm down and prepare for sleep. You can also opt for a little head & neck massage with gentle pressure to aid you to sleep.
#5 The classic hot cup of cocoa
Although science isn’t 100% in its favour, hot milk is a great way of unwinding at the end of the day. Try to avoid caffeine mixes like a cappuccino, mocha or latte, but instead heat up a cuppa and add some cocoa or hot chocolate powder. For a sweet taste without the heaviness, opt for a teaspoon or two of pure honey.
#6 Beauty eye masks
You know sleep masks are a great trick as mentioned above, but another great way to step it up on your sleep-o-meter is by using a beauty eye mask before you head to bed. Tara Stiles, founder of Strala Yoga, swears by heated eye masks. Relaxing your eye area will add to your sleepiness and prep you for noddy land. Optrex, This Works and Anatomicals all have handy products for this trick.
#7 Cut out the caffeine
Try to avoid caffeine-rich drinks a few hours before bed. Coffee is a big no no, and black tea is also best avoided, alongside fizzy drinks that contain caffeine (Coca Cola we’re looking at you!).
#8 Light exercise
In general, sports will tire the body so is it any wonder many people go for evenings jogs and runs? Though if this doesn’t tickle your fancy, a little light exercise at home will do the trick. Yoga is a great one for relaxing the body before bed, the Down Dog to Up Dog (Chatarunga) move is a nifty one, but also stretches that will benefit stress relief too.
#9 Cosy, cosy, cosy
Similar to point #3 about good sheets, keep your bed and the bedroom nice and cosy with soft furnishings. A furry rug, a plump set of cushions, a soft blanket, throws or candles. Keeping your space nice and chill is sure to help you relax, and on your way to sleep.
#10 Home spa… music!
Did you know that spa music is one of the most relaxing genres in the industry? There’s just something about those sounds you hear at the spa that help you drift off more easily, and for good reason too. Spa music contains natural elements used for meditation as the pure instruments and lack of vocals work to create serenity and tranquility, facilitating in the calmness and serenity by complementing the expectations of natural brainwaves. Music streaming services will have playlists for this, and YouTube is plentiful too.
#11 Dim the lights
If you can, use dimmer lights in your home or at least low-lit lamps. Research shows that it can really help, so if you decide to watch a movie or television in the evenings, this is the best time to adjust in preparation for bed, so switch off main lights and opt for dimmed lights. Candles also make a great alternative if you don’t have lamps – just remember to blow them out!
#12 Sipping that chamomile
Floral teas are a great way to relax and unwind, and chamomile is best known for its anti-anxiety remedies. Although it may not be everyone’s cup of tea… try it!