A Restful Nights Sleep

We spend 1/2 our life in bed, but for some, it's not always the most pleasant experience. Struggling to maintain a beautiful sleep pattern is not that uncommon, and I have definitely been there myself. 

While we are sleeping our body refreshes and rejuvenates. From your organs, to your digestive system, and skin - it all rejuvenates while you sleep, and if you don't give it enough time to do it's job, you aren't allowing your body to function at it's best. 

Here are my top tips for ensuring you get a great nights sleep. 

  • No caffeine after lunch time, or better still, none at all. This isn't just coffee either. You will also find caffeine in green tea, chai tea, most black tea, cola soft drinks etc Make sure you do your research. 
  • Exercise. Some form of exercise during your day with not only help you feel tired in the evening, but it has so many other benefits for your health too! 
  • Watch your meal size. Eating a massive meal before bed, can cause a restless sleep while your body is trying to break down all of the food. Keep your portion size under control, and opt for mostly veggies. 
  • Switch off. We've all heard it before, but switching off your iPhone, computer, tablet etc and leaving it out of your bedroom, will help to calm your mind before sleep. Buy yourself an alarm clock, and leave your phone in the kitchen. 
  • Brain dump. Retreat to your bedroom, grab a pen and paper, and write all of the thoughts running around in your head down on paper. It doesn't need to make sense, you just need to get it out of your head. 
  • Meditate. 'Ahhhh it's that word again!' -That's because it works! After your brain dump take a seat on your bedroom floor, with the lights either off or a light lamp on, shut down through your eyes, and turn inward. Take long slow deep breathes, and focus on your breathing. If a thought comes into your head, acknowledge it and then let it go. You may also like to play some gentle relaxing music as well. Do this for five - ten minutes. Then hop into bed. 
  • Regular bed time, regular wake up time. Don't fluctuate too far from your regular sleeping pattern. I like to try to be in bed by 10pm, and up around 6am. (In Winter I sometimes sleep a little longer) If you get to sleep later than usual, make sure you wake up at the same time. This will mean that you will be tired and ready for bed at your usual time again the next day. 

I'm a shocker for my iphone in the bedroom, so I'm putting it out to you guys today, that I am going to have no iphone in my bedroom for the next week. I'll let you know how I go! 

What practices do you do that help you get a great nights sleep? I'd love you to share your thoughts in the comments section below this post.