I love sleeping. In fact, have I told you about the time when I was little and my Mum said to me ‘what’s your favourite thing to do?’ I replied ‘sleeping.’ My Mum was like ‘ but shouldn’t it be spending time with your family and friends?’ I was like ‘Nah.’
So sleeping has always been in my top five fave things to do (you know it’s up there with eating and being on a beach) but sometimes I find it hard to actually get to sleep.
Once I’m asleep, I’m loving life (apart from when I have very very weird dreams) but getting to that point is a bit trickier for me. I have been able to master getting to sleep a little better recently however, and I thought I’d share some things that have been genuinely helping me. Please be aware, that of course I have don’t have sleep issues, I know there’s some of you out there who can’t sleep at all, so this is more of trying to teach myself to switch off, and I am very lucky that these have worked for me. Just a little disclaimer there.
1. No Technology
10 points if you just got that film reference. No in fact 20 points, because the ‘No technology’ bit in This Is 40 made me laugh for about six months afterwards. But no seriously, I’ve been trying to put my phone down a little more in the evenings. I think because my job is on the internet, it’s very hard to switch off and go from work mode to relax mode. I’m always thinking about my next video, or do I need to reply to an email (the answer is always yes, there is always an email to reply to.) I then end up stressing myself out and then when I get to bed, I’m just lying there thinking ‘ I need to do this and this… ‘ It’s not healthy. I will try to limit going on Twitter/Instagram when I least get into bed, and do try to not go on it as much in the evening. However, I am kind of addicted to social media so this is a little tricky. Sometimes, I will put my phone on airplane mode and just sit and watch TV/ a film. It does help to clear my mind a little which helps when I want to go to sleep.
2. Making Your Bed/Bedroom So Cosy
Your bed and bedroom are where you sleep, so if you’ve not paid much attention to them before and have trouble sleeping then maybe it’s time to change things up? I have noticed a slight difference since we made our room very minimal, but I think making your bed as cosy and comfy as possible is something that always makes me look forward to bed. It doesn’t have to cost much, even just spending a tenner on new pillows, can help, or buying a new duvet set. Recently we changed our mattress to a Leesa mattress*.
When they reached out to me to work with them, I loved their ethos. The British-born American mattress brand, make buying a mattress that bit simpler. No awkward walking around mattress shops and lying down with your shoes on to see which one you like (how can you tell that mattress is for you? You’re in a shop feeling like an awkward turtle.) This universal mattress helps almost anyone have a good night’s sleep.
Taking out the difficulty of shopping, you order online (literally took me less than 5 mins), it’s delivered to your house in a box and it’s easy peasy to get on to your bed. In the past, I’ve had to have two delivery men deliver a mattress who then refused to bring it into our flat, meaning I almost put my back out (granny alert) trying to get it on our bed. It was me who is 5ft2 and a half (the half is really important) vs a double mattress.
This was so simple though. But the best bit? It’s SO COMFY. Our bed has become about 100 times comfier. I feel like I’m sleeping on a cloud. I look forward to getting into bed, I have some snuggly duvet sets, and then this mattress, oooof. Lovely jubbly. But if you don’t like your Leesa mattress, you get 100 days to try it and then can return it if you’re not sure. But don’t worry the returned mattresses go to charity, and for one in ten mattresses sold, one is donated to charity.
The delivery is free, and I could not rave about Leesa more. I haven’t really looked forward to bed for a long time, but I’m genuinely a keen bean to get into bed these days. I feel like the Princess and the Pea (well without the annoying pea). It also looks so nice (so Pinterest) even without any sheets on. I also sometimes use a spray such as the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray on my pillow and duvet which also surprisingly helps me to feel sleepy.
Having a super cosy bed can help you feel comfortable and relaxed. If you’re not happy with something in your bed, then change it, even changing the littlest thing can help. Also remember that mattresses do last a good few years so it is an investment piece.
I also have a link for a £50 discount, so click here and the discount will automatically be applied if you feel like changing your mattress!
But seriously, I now have a bit of a problem getting out of bed.
3. Doing Exercise In The Evenings
This year, I’ve started doing fitness classes. The majority of my classes happen in the evening so I find that getting out of the house, doing an hour’s workout helps me so much with feeling tired in the evenings. I found that doing yoga at 8/9pm made me feel so sleepy, but also so did doing a cardio session for an hour. I find that it just helps with a whole of range of things such as feeling fed up, going stir crazy and for me exercising in the evening really works for me. I’d definitely recommend looking up fitness classes if you want to try something new, going to the first one is a little scary but honestly, it’s worked wonders for my mental health and switching off.
Reading has really helped me get to sleep recently. I dug out my kindle, and just reading 20 minutes before bed helps to clear my mind, and makes me feel tired. You forget what you’ve been thinking about as you’re focused on what you’re reading and you’ll be surprised how much faster you drift off. It’s also much better than sitting reading tweets on Twitter. If anyone has any good book recommendations (nothing scary) please let me know as I want to continue reading at night!
Okay so this may sound totally strange, but breathing has really helped me with sleeping lately. I think it’s because I started doing yoga which made me very aware of my breathing and how you can use it. Of course we just use it all the time without thinking, but deep inhaling and exhaling can really help make you switch off. I will deeply inhale and exhale focusing on my breathing. I imagine my tummy filling up with air and then exhaling all negativity and worries from the day. I do this till I feel calm and relaxed and honestly, it may sound silly but it really helps. I also do this when I’m feeling a bit anxious, or stressed and you’ll be amazed how it can work. I will also turn to relaxing videos on YouTube if I’m really struggling such as sleep meditation and ASMR videos which help you focus on your breathing and help you to relax. ( I allow technology in the evening’s only for this sometimes.)
I turned my back for five seconds and look to see Frankie making himself very comfortable!!
Like I said, I’m not an expert but these tips have made switching off to go to sleep that bit easier. I’m not up for a couple of hours just lying there anymore, tossing and turning. I really hope that these tips may help any of you who struggle to switch off in the evenings, and it maybe helps you drift off too.
Let me know in the comments your favourite tips and tricks to doze off in the evenings…
*This post was sponsored by Leesa mattresses. But as always my opinion and content remains 100% my own and honest.