You know how there’s always that one boring-ass person in your friendship group that doesn’t go out after happy hour because it’s nearly their bed time? I’m that boring-ass person… and even though my birth certificate very clearly states that I’m in my mid 20s I’m without a doubt a grandmother at heart. I love when people cancel plans so I can order a takeaway for one, and I looove me an early night… so much so, actually, that I’ve tried and tested every nighttime routine out there online, and have found six simple steps that really do help you get to the land of nod and stay there…
Here are my six, sure-fire ways to get the best night’s sleep every night:
1. Unplug early
I’ve spoken about the importance of unplugging on Boss Babe before on my post on how to handle girl bossing burning you you out and on my own blog, and that’s because it’s something I really do believe in, especially when it comes to unwinding before bed. Allowing your mind enough time to shift gears from wake mode to sleep mode is crucial for dreams that even Lizzie McGuire would be jealous of (yes, I went there – hey now don’t hate me), and reducing your screen time is one way you can make that happen. The more time we spend on our electronic devices the more time we are exposed to the light they emit, and that light exposure (as well as the mental activity our social media stalking stimulates) promotes the exact opposite of what we want to achieve – wakefulness. If you know you need to be in bed by a certain time, try unplugging all electronics a good half hour to hour before hand. The earlier you turn off you tuck in, the sooner you’ll see a difference – trust me.
2. Cut caffeine (and sadly, alcohol)
I know this is my no means groundbreaking information but in order to get a good night’s sleep you need to watch how much coffee you’re drinking as the day comes to a close. If you’re an avid coffee (or coke) drinker, I’d suggest switching to something else from mid-afternoon onwards. The same goes for alcohol. Although a glass of red or two might have you dozing off after a long day’s work at the blink of an eye, it’ll also most likely have you waking up at 3am dying for a drink as your tongue feels like you’ve licked a carpet. If you’re looking for a good night’s sleep seriously consider kicking caffeine and alcohol to the kerb. Water’s your best bet, but a nice cup of chamomile before bed doesn’t go amiss either.
3. Set yourself a skincare routine
No matter how tired you are, be sure to get into the habit of taking your makeup off before bed. I’ve set myself a night time skincare routine, and have found that the ritual of it, as well as all the essential oils that are in my products, really help me chill out. First I go in with a chamomile cleansing oil by The Body Shop onto my dry skin to break down my makeup, and remove it with a warm wash cloth. Next I go in with something like Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm for my second cleanse and remove that with another warm wash cloth and pat my face dry with a clean towel. After that I like to use an AHA toner (like the First Aid Beauty pads) to exfoliate my skin and then go in with the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate which is chock-a-block FULL of botanicals and a moisturiser like Origins’ Make a Difference Plus + to hydrate. I really find that getting into a routine like this one really helps me to relax and wake up well rested, so if you’re the type of girl that’s going to bed with your makeup on or taking it off with a baby wipe (which are only meant for festivals, flights, and fannies, FYI) then give it a go and let me know how you get on! Read more about my skincare journey and all the trials and tribulations I’ve suffered having adult acne here.
4. Find your fix
Whether that be taking 5 minutes to meditate, making a to-do list for the next day, curling up with a good book or tuning into a relaxing playlist – make it your mission to find what works for you and do it! I personally like to colour in (okay so maybe I’m more of a child than a Grandma?!) but it really does help me to zone out and switch off enough so that I can make my way to bed having put my thoughts to bed, so to speak.
5. Set yourself a bed time (and a wake time)
There’s a reason kids have bed times, and that’s not just so their Mums can have a bit of me time of an evening, either! It’s because they really work. If you go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each day often enough, your body clock resets itself to that pattern and you’ll find yourself ready for bed before you get there and waking up before your alarm. There’s nothing better than having a routine – trust me. Without one I’d be the world’s biggest walking disaster.
6. Write it out
Something else I really find helps is to take a few minutes to journal my thoughts to stop them swimming around my head all night before turning the lights out. A plus side of this is that they often turn into posts for my blog. I also like to jot down three things I was thankful for that day – having an attitude of gratitude is never a bad thing, and if you’re anything like me and believe in the law of attraction, you’ll know that you’re much more likely to receive positive things from the universe if you’re appreciative of what you have already.
What do you do to get a good night’s sleep? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! And P.S., this post was not a sponsored one nor did I use any affiliate links… I just suffer from adult acne and so am super into my skincare! If you have adult acne and fancy having a good laugh about it, or if you don’t and fancy having a good laugh at those of us that do, you can find my post on the 10 things girls with adult acne know to be true here.