There’s simply nothing worse than spending your night tossing and turning, frustrated and stressed over the lack of sleep you seem to be getting. Not getting enough shut-eye during the night can lead to ongoing mental and physical health problems- but don’t worry, you’re not alone girl! A survey conducted by the Adelaide Institution for Sleep Health in 2016, concluded that 33-45% of us women and men are spending our days as zombies due to an inadequate quality or quantity of sleep. So, here at Dream With Me, we have come up with 10 tips below on how to get snoozing (which dare we say, have proven to be been very helpful to us and our customers!).
- Say no to fury friends
No, we don’t mean your husband or boyfriend. Barks, purrs, snoring, twitching and constant moving from your pet could indeed be keeping you awake. Whether you know it or not, having your pet sleep on your bed with you may be frequently interrupting your dream time by these little noises. Try to keep your pet sleeping in their own space or alternatively, in another room. You may still be thinking… “wait, are you sure you don’t mean my man?!”- you’re also not alone there. Try opting for a good set of earplugs as he probably won’t be able to fit in your dog’s crate.
- Your bed isn’t your desk
How many times have you jumped into bed with your laptop to finish off an email or report for work? How many times have you swapped pillow talk for unpaid bills and life stresses with your partner? Guilty. Using your bed as your office and meeting room can be a nice comfortable escape from the usual rigid desk chair, however this may be stopping you from being able to fully relax in bed and subsequently fall asleep. Keep these conversations and tasks for the living room (or as far away from the home as you wish!) and try to keep your bed a completely stress-free zone. Not only will this benefit your sleep, but you may find that your sexy time will benefit… You’ll be thanking us later.
- Sleep is made in the kitchen
Numerous studies have shown that fulfilling your bodies optimal nutrition goals (so, getting in enough protein, fats, carbs, fibre, sodium etc) can greatly impact on your sleep. If you’re unsure of what foods you should and shouldn’t to be eating, seeking professional help may set you on the right path.
- Run to your dreams
Make sure you’re also engaging in some sort of physical activity for the day- this isn’t only good for your sleep, it will also be good for your overall wellbeing. We’re not saying you have to run a marathon (even though the more vigorous exercise you participate in will equal to more powerful sleeping benefits), just going for a 30-minute brisk walk has proven to help.
- Establish a regular sleeping pattern
They say it takes 28 days to form a habit… start now! Going to bed at a similar time each night and waking up to your alarm in the morning will put your body into a good routine. Practice this for 28 days and we can guarantee that your body will find it easier to get to sleep each night.
- Keep cool
Don’t sleep with the heater on… ever. Unless you’re in the Antarctic or sub-zero temperatures of course! Make sure your room isn’t too hot or too cold- usually sleeping in 18-20 degrees Celsius will do the trick.
- Say goodbye to your screen
With the advance in technology over the past few decades, it’s no wonder we are finding it harder and harder to get sleep at night. As hard as it may be, force yourself to turn off the TV, iPad, iPhone, Laptop- whatever it is- within at least an hour of settling down for bed. Studies have shown that the light omitted from these devices can have harmful effects on our sleeping patterns. If meditating or taking a bath won’t cut it, instead, opt for a book or old-fashioned board game!
- Cut out caffeine and alcohol
Don’t panic! We don’t mean forever. Research reveals that by cutting out such stimulants as caffeine and alcohol after 2pm, you will set your body up for a good night of rest. Swap the coffee for herbal tea and the alcohol for juice if you have to.
- Practice winding down
Take a bath or shower, brush your teeth, use essential oils, write in a journal, breathe deep, meditate. These things will tell your brain to relax and prepare for bedtime.
- Wear comfy pyjamas
Investing in a good pair of pyjamas is the cherry on top to your good night’s sleep. Sleeping in cheap, tight, restrictive and unbreathable pjs may definitely be contributing to your restlessness. Luckily, we have a range of top quality pieces to choose from. Our favourites for a Summer slumber are the Palm Pyjama Set & Palm shorts. If you’re wanting to opt for something a little warmer in the Winter, we suggest the Classic White Pyjama Set which you can also personalise!
Happy sleeping, babes!