10 ways to get a good night's sleep.

Sometimes we don't realise just how much our environment affects how we feel and react situations throughout the day.  This can carry through your day and even when you get into bed, preventing you from getting a good nights sleep.

Your home should be a safe place where you can find peace and feel at ease, setting up the perfect environment for relaxation, rest and sleep.

There are so many factors that can affect how we feel, here are my top tips for creating the perfect bedroom space you need to relax, unwind and sleep well after a busy week.

✨ Always make your bed - a perfectly made bed is an inviting space to come home to at the end of the day. 

✨ Use a reed diffuser on your bedside table - this will help to keep your room smelling fresh and inviting.  For a bedroom space we really love a Black Pomegranate Reed Diffuser, a Lime Basil Mandarin Reed Diffuser or a Fairy Dust Reed Diffuser. Scent has a huge affect on how we feel so it's vital to ensure your bedroom is clean and inviting.

✨ Keep it clean & wash your sheets once a week - we love 'Fresh Sheet Friday' clean bed sheets on a Friday set you up for a blissful weekend of rest. Clean sheets aid a good nights sleep as well as keeping your skin clean and fresh too!

✨ Keep 'things' to a minimum - Clear your space as much as possible, the fewer distractions or mess the better.  Using underbed storage boxes is a great storage solution and helps to keep all your clutter out of sight.

✨ Shower before bed & keep your room cool - Having a shower before bed aids a better nights sleep and keeping the temperature cool at around 18 degrees creates the perfect conditions for a great nights sleep!  Why not use a lavender fragranced shower gel or body oil to help aid your sleep even more!

✨ Make your room a screen free zone - leave your phone in the bathroom or kitchen so you have no distractions, create a screen free zone to allow your brain to rest and sleep deeply.  Having to get up and move to access your phone is a great way of deterring yourself and will help your mind settle and fall asleep more easily.

✨ Dim the lights an hour or two before you go to sleep or switch them off and light a candle - reduced light communicates to your brain that it is time to rest and you will fall asleep more easily. Just be sure to blow out any candles before you fall asleep!  Removing blue light will also really help to get the right sleep signals to your brain. Making your room as dark as possible will also improve your sleep, even the slightest ray of light can have a negative impact on your sleep so the darker your room the better!  Investing in a good set of black out blinds or curtains is well worth it!

✨ Be consistent! - Having a 'sleep routine' and going to bed at the same time every night is really important to make sure you are getting enough hours of sleep every night.

✨ Avoid eating 4 hours before you go to sleep! - Your body will be able to rest more if it's not busy digesting your last meal.

✨ Get the majority of your water intake earlier in the day - if, like me, you get up in the night to use the loo, try reducing your water intake for 3-4 hours before you go to sleep.  This will help you to stay asleep without needing to get up at 2am to use the loo!

Sleep is really important to us all, it helps us to rest and repair, our muscles to grow and repair, our brain to function properly the next day and it also helps us to manage our weight too!  

May your bedroom aid your sleep rather than hinder it, and here's hoping we all get our 8 hours!