Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial if you want to lead a healthy lifestyle. Whilst we're asleep, our bodies are fast at work, making sure our brain stores information, our cells repair themselves, and our energy is replenished. Thanks, body!
It’s recommended that you get at least seven hours of quality sleep each night, but this can be easier said than done. Especially if you’re a light sleeper.
If you struggle with getting a great night’s rest, don’t stress! You’re not the only one. Around 60% of Australian adults report at least one symptom of sleep disorders a week. If you find yourself tossing and turning at night or waking up feeling exhausted, here are six of our best tips that can help you secure a great night’s sleep and boarding the express train to dream town.
Find the Perfect Pair of Pyjamas
Part of getting the perfect night’s sleep is making sure you feel comfortable. Find a pair of pyjamas that allows you to move freely. Make sure you have a pair of light PJs to keep you cool in the summer and a warmer set to keep you toasty during those cold winter nights.
Make Your Bedroom a Sanctuary
Your bedroom should always feel like a sanctuary; a place where you can recharge your batteries and rest. Simplicity is key, so don’t over clutter the space. Include plenty of fluffy blankets, peaceful lighting, and relaxing candles.
Keep a Consistent Routine
Part of the reason why people don’t manage to get a good night’s sleep is because they don’t stick to a consistent routine. Your body works like a clock and keeping a regular schedule will help you go to sleep faster and wake up easier.
Use Essential Oils
If you really struggle to relax, you may benefit from using essential oils. You can place a few drops in your bathtub, in a diffuser, or even on your body. Oils like lavender, frankincense, cypress, and bergamot are the most effective sleep-inducing oils. It's a science! Pop on an eye mask, focus on breathing in the smell, and feel yourself drifting into a deep slumber.
Relax Before You Sleep
If you lead a hectic and busy lifestyle, you’ll want to make sure you block out some time before bed to relax. Whether this be reading, meditating, or engaging in some well-deserved sexy time, make sure to blow off some steam before you get to bed. No screens! Which brings us to...
Reduce Your Screen Time
Our phones are often the first thing we reach for as soon as we wake up, and the last thing we put down before we go to bed. This is a habit that can seriously interrupt our sleeping pattern and even trigger insomnia. Electronic screens emit blue light, and this in turn suppresses the body’s release of melatonin (in other words, the hormone that helps us feel drowsy). So, if you want to get some rest, put your electronics away.