The aim of this article is to share 7 things that you can do to help you sleep. As a self-declared insomniac, I know how annoying it can be when you struggle to sleep. Lack of sleep to lead to lack of motivation to wake up and do any work.
Over the few years, I have shared tips on how you can improve your sleep. I have shared bedtime routines and talked about the importance of a good mattress. In this article, we will share other tried and tested tips that have worked for us.
1. Have a Routine
Whilst other people can sleep at the drop of a hat, I, unfortunately, am not one of them. For me, it takes a longer time than usual before my body decides to sleep. Because of that, I have been forced to create a routine that supports sleep. This sleep routine consists of a few steps
- Switch off all devices
- Take a shower
- Dress in comfiest pyjamas
- Drink Chamomile tea
2. Practice Yoga or Meditate
Whilst I can not speak for meditation as I am still learning but it helps focus my mind. One thing I always do before bed is practice simple yoga moves that are relaxing. I have been attending yoga classes for years and it definitely helps with improving sleep.
3. Supplement with Natural Remedies
As a Pharmacologist, I know what drugs to do our bodies and what our bodies do to drugs. Because of that, whilst I appreciate the need, I prefer to take fewer drugs. Instead, I opt for natural remedies that provide the same pharmacological effects as drugs.
Recently I have been introduced to Neuro Rest – a natural food supplement made by Utmost Me.
Utmost Me was founded back in 2016 by Richard, the company CEO. Like many of us, he struggled with long work hours and being a new dad. It’s this that motivated him to research about the brain activity, energy and focus. He tried a lot of ways to improve his sleep but still needed something that would improve sleep
In the last 10+ days, I have been using the product one thing that has been apparent is my quality of sleep. It’s still taking me a while to fall asleep but once I do, I don’t wake up until 7 am. Those who know me know I wake up at least 3 times a night. It has been a great change to not waking up after I fall asleep and thereby getting a good night’s sleep.
4. Invest in a Good Mattress
In all of my tips on how to enjoy a good night’s sleep, I have talked about the importance of having a good mattress. You can have all the best sleep routines in the world but if you don’t have a good mattress, your body will suffer
5. Buy an Alarm Clock
As a kid, one thing I despised was the sound of my alarm going off. Most of us use our phones for many purposes one of which is as an alarm. In hopes of getting a good night sleep, phones should not be used as an alarm. By a separate alarm clock and keep it far away from the bed
6. Read a Book
I can not remember the last I time I picked up a good book to read before bed. These days almost all of us use kindles to read books but I do love a good hard copy. This reduces how much bright light I use before bed which we know can disrupt sleep
7. Set your environment
Before I go to bed, I always make sure my environment is my bedroom is conducive to sleep. I always make it dark and open windows for a cool breeze to sweep through. Another thing I always do is have lavender room scent sprayed before I sleep