For me, 2017 seems to be the year of no sleep. From starting it off with a nasty bug courtesy of Miss Olivia. To developing the most excruciating back pain when I’m lying down, to now, as I am writing this post, not sleeping due to catching yet another bug off my kind daughter who just loves to share meaning I can’t breathe through my nose and it’s all just ewww! It’s safe to say there is no way I wake up ready in the mornings.
It’s not looking great for me on the sleep front so far. Do you wake up ready? Are you a good sleeper or do you know how many times you have woken up or tossed and turned? Some mornings I literally wake up exhausted, OK, it’s pretty much most mornings lately, but still. For a while now I’ve not been the best sleeper and I don’t think my nighttime routine helps matters much.
From sleeping with the TV on, to taking my laptop bed. My bedroom is no longer a sanctuary of calm that promotes a healthy sleeping environment. It’s a electronics coven ruled by my inability to switch off. Literally and metaphorically. Just like the online world doesn’t stop for sleep, neither does my brain. It’s a lose-lose situation and one I am making worse for myself. That’s before you take into account the middle of the night back pain that wakes me up EVERY.SINGLE.NIGHT.
Do You Wake Up Ready?
I absolutely do not wake up ready. Unless by ready you mean ready to go back to sleep. I’ve never been a morning person. But I’m not alone. Studies estimate that 1 in 3 people experience a poor nights sleep leaving them also unable to wake up ready to tackle the day on a good start.
Sleep is an important part of our life. A lack of sleep can affect our health, immunity and our emotional and psychological well-being. It also drastically increases the chances of me driving my boss up the wall. But how can you break the cycle and increase your quality of sleep? Hands up who can often be found sleeping like the dog in the picture, phone in hand? I know I do and I am trying to break that habit.
Recently I received a lovely Sleep Hamper from Kalms to help me improve my pre-sleep routine to help me feel more revitalised of a morning and #wakeupready
#wakeupready with these sleep tips in association with Kalms.
Set a bedtime and a wake-up time
And stick to it! Try to make sure as much as you can to set your body clock so it knows when it’s time to sleep, this, in turn, could help waking up much easier.
Electronic free zone
No, phones, no laptops, no TV. Pretty hard one for me as I spend a lot of time in my bedroom. Possibly contributing to my lack of being able to sleep as my brain now probably doesn’t associate my bed with sleep. But with my back pain, it’s the only place I can sit comfortably. Make your bedroom a sanctuary that promotes sleep and calm and save the rest for elsewhere in the home.
Limit your caffeine intake
If you drink a lot of coffee or energy type drinks (guilty), save them for earlier on in the day and choose a more relaxing drink for closer to bed time. Like a nice cup of hot chocolate.
Take a relaxing bath
Lots of bubbles, lots of lavender and relax!
Set a routine
Try to set a nice relaxing bedtime routine. Allow yourself time to unwind and get rid of the stresses of the day to fully prepare yourself for sleep. Maybe it could involve any of the tips above, or you could find a different option that works for you.
Write things down
If like me you have a million and one things running through your head as you doze off, write them down. They may not make any sense come morning but it will get them out of your head to allow you to free them from running through your mind. I write some of my best things (well in my opinion) when I’m falling asleep so I always have a pen and notebook by my bed.
If you still struggle to fall asleep after trying these tips you can find more helpful information on ways to help get a good night sleep over on the Kalms advice page. Kalms night and Kalms one a night tablets are traditional herbal medicinal products used for the temporary relief of sleep disturbances, exclusively based on long-standing use as a traditional herbal remedy – Contains Valerian Root. Always read the leaflet. Remember to always read the label. If you are concerned about poor sleep or insomnia please consult your doctor.
How Would You Like to Win a Sleep Hamper?
As well as receiving a hamper for myself I also have one to give away to my readers too! You could win your very own sleep hamper containing a Lumie light to help you wake up more naturally by a light imitating the sunrise as oppose to an alarm. A Moleskine notebook to write down all your nighttime thoughts, Baylis and Harding Lavender bath soak and Whittards of Chelsea Dreamtime Hot Chocolate.
Ts & Cs
The prize is one hamper as detailed above to be sent to the winner directly from the prize sponsor. Available to UK residents over 18. The winner will be chosen within 5 days of the competition ending and has 28 days to acknowledge their win. Please allow 28 days for delivery. Should any issues arise I will do my utmost to help resolve this. The competition will run from the 11/2/17 to 5/3/17 Please make sure to enter all options carefully and fully, any incorrect entries will be void, I do check.
*Disclaimer: I was provided with the #wakeupready sleep hamper to assist with writing this post and hosting the giveaway*