I have discussed many a time in the past about my sleeping habits and lack of a decent, well-rested good nights sleep. Some of my favourite posts and fiction ideas have come when I have been drifting off into a nice deep sleep. Whilst this is great for my creativity, it’s not so great for me getting some sleep as it inevitably takes me longer to find that sweet spot where I am able to just drift off. I really don’t have to ask myself why am I not getting enough sleep at night, do I?
Here I am in my mid to late 30’s with nothing even close to resembling an established, successful sleeping routine. Bad habits I know I should break seem to only hinder my efforts and lately, I have noticed that I sleep worse when Olivia isn’t at home. Slightly odd for me as she has been regularly sleeping away from me and home since she was 3 due to either my work or the nights she is with her dad.
But really, is there anything that could work in helping me regain a full and completely restless free nights sleep? Is ‘a good nights sleep’ simply a myth? Or does that all elusive refreshed and alert feeling upon waking each morning an achievable goal?
The worrying fact is that I am not alone in this. A recent study by Nytol has found that 50% of adults are not getting enough sleep at night. But why aren’t we? Is there a specific reason or reasons? I am long past the days when Olivia was a bad/ non-sleeper of a night and her crazed toddler body clock had me seeing hours no one wants to see. Especially on little to no sleep.
So why I am not getting enough sleep at night?
Sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley has shared his thoughts on 6 things to do in the 30 minutes before bed. These can help you re-establish a good sleep routine and hopefully leaving you feeling rested and rejuvenated the next morning. This involves finishing up and work, business or tasks you need to get completed for the day. Reducing our use of screens and making sure we brush our teeth, take a bath or shower and go to the toilet. 42% of people experience disturbed sleep due to having to get up to visit the toilet in the night. With 5 minutes to go, you should be in bed and ready to go to sleep.
With our lives becoming increasingly busier, and screens taking on a bigger role in our lives, is it still possible to remove all the temptation from the bedroom and keep it a strictly sleep only zone?
I do, especially lately, seem to be breaking my own self-imposed rule that my laptop doesn’t leave my desk and my bed is to be a laptop free area. Because I do find that having it in bed with me, or even just sitting on my bed with my laptop isn’t conducive to a good night’s sleep.
To help me establish a good bedtime routine to help me sleep a little better of a night, Nytol sent me a selection of products designed at encouraging a good night rest to help me feel refreshed and more awake come morning.
Nytol Herbal Simply Sleep One A Night Tablets.
Containing 385g of Valerian Root extract, these tablets help to encourage a deeper sleep and promote calmness. For adults over 18 years of age, one tablet should be taken 30 minutes to an hour before bed.
I was keen to try these out on a night when I didn’t have Olivia and/or a school run. So far, it has been just the once I have taken them and despite being wary, I found I had a much less restless sleep.
Nytol Anti-Snoring Throat Spray.
I do snore. A lot and loud. However, I haven’t tried this yet as it doesn’t seem to bother me much, or Olivia at all. So I will be keeping it for those times when I am away from home and sharing a room with family members when we go away.
A regular addition to my bedside table has been the ‘I can’t sleep journal’ which has been brilliant for getting those late night thoughts and ideas out of my head so I can rest easier and actually fall asleep without random thoughts entering my head. As is the LifeBee Wake Up Light. I hate waking up to an alarm and find I am in a much better mood if i can wake up gradually. So using the wake up light instead of an alarm has been great for me. I’m not saying I am waking up easier. on time/willingly but waking up to a light is 100% better than an alarm in my opinion.
It’s all about finding a routine that works for you. I will be making sure to keep my laptop away from my bed from now on along with implementing a routine of sorts that I can tweak until I find what works for me. My top priority, for now, is making my bed a place for sleep not work or Grey’s Anatomy binge-watching.
Do you have a routine that helps you make sure you get a good night sleep? Or are you like me and close your eyes and hope for the best?
*this post is in collaboration with Nytol. I received the above-mentioned products and a voucher to purchase Nytol One A Night Tablets to try myself for this post*