Better sleep: a 2-minute guide



The Good Sleep Guide: How To Get A Good Night’s Kip

Marie Claire
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Switching off at night can be difficult, but try making these simple changes for a better night's kip...

I think it’s fair to say that all of us have at some point suffered from prolonged periods of time where getting a good night’s sleep is nigh on impossible; either we can’t fall asleep, we fall asleep but then wake repeatedly throughout the night, or we fall asleep and wake up at 4am bright eyed until we finally manage to fall back asleep at 7am – a fabulous 15 minutes before our alarm goes off. Just thinking about it depresses me.

Getting a good, solid night’s sleep is now more like a miracle for most of us and we’re so excited when it happens we just have to tell everyone else we see before 11am. I’ve had severe bouts of insomnia in the past and as any of you who have experienced this will understand, you basically feel like you’re losing your mind.

A few bad nights here and there are ok – you can get through on some sort of adrenaline rush – but when it becomes repetitive it can really interfere with your day to day life: bad sleep simply leads to poorer mental and physical health because it’s during a blissful night of deep sleep that our bodies repair themselves. Waking up on the wrong side of the bed (feeling grumpy, agitated, being unable to make reasonable decisions) really can all be blamed on lack of a good kip.

So, with 2019 getting into full swing and so many of us on a path to a healthier, happier year of self-improvement, I have been on a quest to find out what we can do to help us get some much deserved rest and wake up full of energy.

1) Unwind

We hear this time and time again but I can’t stress enough the importance of truly unwinding in the evenings. It’s so easy to get caught up in our jobs, families, and relationships: we’re checking our e-mails as we step out of the shower and browsing through Facebook while we cook dinner. By the time you’re ready to actually get into bed you haven’t had a minute to yourself and your mind is still racing while it processes all the thoughts and emotions from the day making it all the more difficult to switch off and fall into sleep. I am guilty of this and I’ve recently realised just how damaging it is, not just for our sleep but our overall mental and emotional well being. So my advice is to turn off your phone at least 2 hours before bed – you will be shocked by what a difference it makes to your life and to how much more time you have when you’re not constantly checking your phone.

Engage in an activity for at least 30 minutes before bed time that will distract you from your thoughts and allow you to be mindful in the moment. Whether this is reading a book you’ve been meaning to read for ages, catching up on your favourite series or listening to a podcast – make some time for YOU, where you don’t need to do anything for anyone else… You deserve it.

2) Make Time For A Bath

Growing up, you’re either in a household of ‘shower timers’ or ‘bath timers’, and I was definitely in the shower group. I never had baths and always thought they seemed like a nice idea but in reality they were just a little dull and took up way too much time. Now, however, I am a bath addict.






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Date: 16.12.2018, 08:04 / Views: 62543