Enjoy quality shut- eye tonight
IF you’re all tense, you might be going to bed exhausted, yet still find yourself unable to sleep.
Here are some tips for getting some quality shut- eye.
Switch off your phone an hour before bed.
You’re going to unwind before bed time so unless you have a genuine emergency, switch it off and take back your quiet time. Keep it off during the night so you aren’t interrupted by random beeps.
Also, the shine from such tools also tricks the brain into thinking it’s daytime, which means your body is getting mixed messages about sleep and wake times.
Freshly laundered sheets make sleeping much easier.
If you can, use a lavender scent or something sweetly floral to promote relaxation. Avoid refreshing scents such as lemon, lime and menthol.
Clean your bedding.
Buy some PJs.
It’s just as simple to wear a T- shirt to bed, but the mind has an odd way of creating associations.
So just like you might wear your red power blouse or tie for important meetings because it gives you extra pep, it helps to have clothes that say to your body, “Time to power down now for a while.”
Practise progressive muscle relaxation.
About five minutes before bed, or in it if you prefer, clench and relax your toes. Then flex and relax your ankles. Then move up through the body systematically. This kind of exercise has a calming influence and will help you to relax.
If you’re uptight, your mind will go to whatever your current number one obsession is the second you hit the pillow. By telling yourself a story, you prevent this.
Great relaxing stories include walking down your favourite beach, swimming in your favourite pool or some other visually pleasing, physically relaxing activity.
Tell yourself a story.
clean your bedding to promote sleep. Freshly laundered sheets make sleeping much easier.