I’ll be honest, I usually sleep like a log. Once in bed I’m like a bear in hibernation, and I conk out as soon as my head touches the pillow, waking up a good eight or nine hours later, usually feeling pretty refreshed. However, whenever I have something important coming up, or if I’m feeling particularly stressed out about something before going to bed, I always have these vivid dreams.
I’ve woken myself up as I’ve been talking through a presentation the night before I’m due to present in front of the class, and I’ve even had ideas for essays and group assignments come to me in the middle of the dream. It’s really bizarre, but I find if my mind is restless so is my sleep, and usually it happens on the nights that I need to wake up feeling completely alert and refreshed.
I’m also in the process of trying really hard to look after myself at the moment, after being ill and feeling pretty exhausted for the past month or so. I’m ditching the high heels for fluffy slippers, and hitting the hay instead of the dancefloor, and it feels pretty good. Is there anything better than an early night and waking up feeling super refreshed the next day, really?
If there’s one way to seriously tire me out it’s a super hard gym session. I absolutely love going for a long run, or attending a tough gym class on a Friday night, knowing I can head to bed early and wake up feeling completely refreshed after a lie-in on a Saturday (oh my god, I am so fucking sad). While a good exercise routine helps to boost energy levels, I feel it also leaves me feeling accomplished, relaxed and ready to sleep too.
Make time to unwind
Whether it’s a piping hot shower, a face mask, snuggling up to bingewatch your latest Netflix fix, or thumbing through a gripping read, make time to unwind before bed.
Turn off your smartphone
I really, really need to start doing this more before bed. I’m so guilty of scrolling until my eyes start drooping before bed, and picking up my phone to read as though it’s the morning paper as soon as I wake. It has to stop. I’ve been trying to ditch my phone in the evenings, opting to read or watch some TV instead, and it really does make such a huge difference to my nights sleep.
What are your tips for getting sweet dreams?
Lots of love. xoxo