Sometimes it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep.
You’re studying, you’re running a business, you’re writing a book, you’ve got too much on your mind, you’ve got a crying baby or a snoring partner, a noisy neighbor or a lumpy bed. You toss and you turn and you try to count sheep but nothing works and every hour feels like ten hours. You’re watching bad TV at 3am or doing the ironing at 4am and you actally feel like you’re stuck in a time warp and the night is never going to end.
No matter what the reason, to be at your best and most healthy you need to get some serious ZZZZ’s. So lucky for you lucky ducks who struggle to sleep, we sat down with Nat from fellow Queensland brand Soak Society, the co-creator of our new bath soak THE DREAMER – to come up with 12 ideas for a good night’s sleep.
1 Schedule your workouts for the morning. When you exercise in the late afternoon or evening, it takes longer for your cortisol levels to go back to their normal levels, making it harder for you to fall asleep.
2 Turn off that tech at least an hour before bedtime. We know it’s hard to resist the temptation to check all those Ryan Gosling Instagram fan pages one last time or watch one last ugly cat video …. but your brain will thank you for the downtime as it gets ready to enter its own sleep mode.
3 Because we’re heading into the Summer months here in Australia, you might be thinking a bath is out of question. Well, good news! You can still have a bath, just make the water temperate cool or lukewarm and you’ll still receive the benefits. Your temperatures naturally drop at night time, so if you spend 20 minutes in a cool or lukewarm bath your body will go through a rapid cool-down phase when you get out – which sends signals of relaxation to your brain. You’ll get really sleepy, really quickly! Add The Dreamer wellness soak to your tub, it contains lavender and chamomile which will send you into the land of nod faster.
4 If you don’t already have a cat, get your hands on one. Not only are they great foot warmers in winter, but the sound of their purring is kind of like listening to the sound of the ocean as you’re drifting off to sleep. Just be aware that you’ll also get woken up at 5am with cat paws digging into your back/chest/face from someone demanding their breakfast. This can be useful, however, if you’re doing number 1.
5 Every hour of sleep that you get before midnight counts as two hours, so to wake up with that rested feeling (and no bags under your eyes), get to bed before 10pm!
6 Cuddle up with someone cute. This may or may not be your feline companion from number 4.
7 Ditch the caffeine and brew yourself up a cup of herbal tea that includes any of the following ingredients: lavender, chamomile, hops, valerian or cornflower. We recommend trying West End Tea Co for some yummy organic teas.
8 Sharing a bed with a snorer? Being kept awake by snoring is a rare kind of hell on earth. Try these tips for putting an end to those nightly freight train-like reverberations. Or buy some heavy duty earplugs…the kind they use on building sites for demolition work.
9 Book yourself in for a night at a Westin Hotel just so you can eat and drink all of the mini bar sleep in one of their Heavenly Beds and on one of their Heavenly pillows. Sounds kind of heavenly to us.
10 Sleep in organic cotton. Whether it’s PJs from The Goodnight Society or some super soft sheets from Sheets on the Line, organic cotton is chemical free, let’s your skin breathe, and as Tina Turner would say it’s simply the best.
11 Make up….and we don’t mean put on a layer of foundation. If you’ve had a barney with your other half right before bed, make sure you make up before you hit the sheets. If you don’t you’ll spend half the night trying to maintain a gap between you that’s equivalent to the width of the Ganges, while your brain mulls over the 20 alternative comebacks that would have been better than the one you actually said.
12 Don’t eat a big meal within 2 hours of going to bed. Your body will be working overtime to try and digest it while you sleep which may lead to a restless night. Note that a slice of Margarita pizza from New York Slice on your way home from a night out is OK, however, as we’ve classified that in our ‘light meals and snacks’ category.