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|14 Mar|3 mins

How to Combat Self-Diagnosed Insomnia

No more counting sheep
Laura Collins
14 Mar
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Having trouble switching off at night? Try these simple tips to get a good snooze in and wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day.

Take a bath

Sink into a bath by candlelight, put a facemask on and soak for half an hour before bed. Pour in some Epsom salts and a few drops of essential oil too. Epsom salts are made from magnesium sulfate, which helps relax and soothe your body, while scents like lavender or camomile are known to be super soothing. You’ll be totally relaxed by the time you slip in between the sheets.

Avoid the kitchen

Eating a heavy meal before bed, snacking on sugary treats late at night, downing a big glass of water right before bed – they’re all pretty much guaranteed to mess with your slumber. Figure out how much sleep you need to feel really rested, then set yourself a strict bedtime and make sure you avoid eating and drinking too much for at least two to three hours prior. If you’re especially susceptible to a caffeine buzz, dropping your afternoon coffee habit could see an improvement in your sleep too.

Ditch the devices

Staring at your Instagram feed before bed is a sure-fire way to stay awake well into the night. You’re better off making sure your phone and laptop aren’t within arm’s length – whether they’re on the other side of your bedroom, or left overnight in another room altogether. If you can’t bear the thought of not having a quick scroll before you sleep, activate the night light function on your phone, and download f.lux on your laptop; they’ll remove the blue light from your screen (which is what tricks your brain into thinking it’s still day time).

Don’t watch the clock

It seems almost too simple, but it’s true. When you’re tossing and turning through the night, nothing will kick your stress into overdrive like checking the time. You’ll start calculating how much sleep you think you’ve had, and how many hours until you have to wake up. Once those thoughts arrive, you’ll find it even harder – but more necessary – to fall asleep. Instead, simply acknowledge that you’re awake and lay in bed with your eyes closed; you may not be in the land of nod, but at least you’re letting your body rest.

Advice
|14 Mar|3 mins

How to Combat Self-Diagnosed Insomnia

No more counting sheep
Laura Collins
14 Mar
Share:

Having trouble switching off at night? Try these simple tips to get a good snooze in and wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day.

Take a bath

Sink into a bath by candlelight, put a facemask on and soak for half an hour before bed. Pour in some Epsom salts and a few drops of essential oil too. Epsom salts are made from magnesium sulfate, which helps relax and soothe your body, while scents like lavender or camomile are known to be super soothing. You’ll be totally relaxed by the time you slip in between the sheets.

Avoid the kitchen

Eating a heavy meal before bed, snacking on sugary treats late at night, downing a big glass of water right before bed – they’re all pretty much guaranteed to mess with your slumber. Figure out how much sleep you need to feel really rested, then set yourself a strict bedtime and make sure you avoid eating and drinking too much for at least two to three hours prior. If you’re especially susceptible to a caffeine buzz, dropping your afternoon coffee habit could see an improvement in your sleep too.

Ditch the devices

Staring at your Instagram feed before bed is a sure-fire way to stay awake well into the night. You’re better off making sure your phone and laptop aren’t within arm’s length – whether they’re on the other side of your bedroom, or left overnight in another room altogether. If you can’t bear the thought of not having a quick scroll before you sleep, activate the night light function on your phone, and download f.lux on your laptop; they’ll remove the blue light from your screen (which is what tricks your brain into thinking it’s still day time).

Don’t watch the clock

It seems almost too simple, but it’s true. When you’re tossing and turning through the night, nothing will kick your stress into overdrive like checking the time. You’ll start calculating how much sleep you think you’ve had, and how many hours until you have to wake up. Once those thoughts arrive, you’ll find it even harder – but more necessary – to fall asleep. Instead, simply acknowledge that you’re awake and lay in bed with your eyes closed; you may not be in the land of nod, but at least you’re letting your body rest.

Hack your bedroom

The body needs certain conditions in order to fall asleep, and stay asleep; a cool, dark, quiet bedroom is essential. Treat yourself to a new pillow, ear plugs, a scented eye mask… basically anything that’ll make getting into bed feel like a luxury instead of a nightmare. By treating bed time as a special, important part of the day, you won’t feel so stressed about getting enough sleep.

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