How To Get A Good Night's Sleep

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

I'm all too familiar with getting into bed and laying there for what seems like hours trying to get to sleep. It's always when you've got to be up early or have a million and one things to do the next day that you can't sleep. How bloody typical. But, if you get yourself into a routine and stick to some key methods, you'll be falling asleep in no time. And if all else fails, you can always try counting sheep backwards...

1. Technology is a no-no

It apparently takes 90 minutes for your brain to detach itself from all forms of technology, so if you're scrolling through Twitter in bed, don't expect to be falling asleep within minutes. Make sure you turn your laptop off at least an hour before you're planning on going to sleep and try not to be on your phone in bed. You need to disconnect yourself with all forms of technology in order to completely relax.

2. Read a book

Reading can be very relaxing and is a great way of calming your mind so you're ready to go to sleep. If you're not into books, you can read a magazine. Scrolling through your Bloglovin' feed on your iPad does not count. Remember - no technology! If you're stuck for ideas then Google book recommendations and get reading. When you feel completely relaxed, turn the light off and go to sleep.

3. Cancel out caffeine

Despite what the mug above says, coffee is not always a good idea, especially before bed. It can be a saviour in the morning, but drinking it before bed is a recipe for disaster. Caffeine keeps your brain awake and certainly won't make going to sleep a breeze. Avoid other drinks which also contain caffeine and instead, opt for hot milk which sleep experts say helps you relax.

4. Create a relaxing atmosphere

Bright lights aren't good when you're trying to get yourself into the right state of mind to sleep. Pop on a dim light or some fairy lights so the lighting is relaxing and not too harsh. It's also a good idea to light a candle or burn some incense as they smell gorgeous. Lavender is also meant to be good to help you sleep. Make sure you blow any candles out else the fire will certainly wake you up.

5. Regulate your sleeping pattern

Don't overcompensate at the weekends by sleeping in just because you haven't had enough sleep during the week. Going to bed late and getting up late will only make it harder for you to get to sleep at a reasonable time when you need to be up early. Try and go to sleep and get up around the same time every day in order to regulate your sleeping pattern. You should aim for eight solid hours a night.

They're my top tips for getting the best sleep. What do you do to make sure you sleep well?


  1. I keep telling myself I'm going to start reading in bed. It never continues, I've started about three books! Think I need to start adapting my lifestyle! Danielle xx

    1. I find it really hard to get into books so this is something I'm going to try too! Somehow uni books aren't half as appealing as books I actually want to read!X

  2. great tips! I'll try not scrolling through my instagram and twitter feed at night anymore!
    But the book reading part is a thing.. I always get waaay into my books and forget about the time and sleep! haha
    xx Ann-Kathrin

    1. I'm so guilty of doing this... and then I wonder why I'm laying there wide awake for hours. Haha set an alarm on your phone after half an hour, but no Insta scrolling haha!X

    2. Yep that's exactly what I mean haha
      alright I'll try it tonight haha ;)

  3. I love the mug only if it said tea :) this is such a great post Nicole! Loved it!

    Rachael x
    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan

    1. Haha same! I'm not much of a coffee drinker myself but tea is ALWAYS good idea! Thank you Rachael :) X

  4. I wish this would work.. I've suffered from insomnia for years and sometimes (often) nothing helps :(
    Adela x

    1. Oh no, that's a shame! Have you heard about the pillow spray that's doing the rounds on the blogosphere? It's meant to work a treat X