We all know how much better we feel after a good night’s sleep, we need to sleep for so many reasons, our bodies need time to rest and heal, our minds need time to process information but there are many things can get in the way of our sleep. We have more stressful lives than ever before. We are using technology more than ever before, and these can have a huge impact on our sleep.
So what can we do to help us sleep better, well I’ve put together a very practical and easy to do list of what we can do to help ourselves not only go to sleep easier but hopefully stay asleep!
10 Top Tips on How to Sleep Better.
- Avoid Caffeine Before Bed – This is a really obvious and easy tip but it can sometimes be overlooked! I love tea! But I have made it a rule for myself to not have a caffeinated cup of tea past 9 o Clock, Instead, I will make myself a homemade cup of tea or a decaffeinated tea which helps promote sleep, peppermint and lavender are my favourites.
- Get Rid Of The Technology – We tend to get into a habit of getting into bed and checking our facebook, twitter, or we may get our IPads or laptops out and start watching something. The bright lights actually stimulate the brain and make you more awake so instead turn off the bright lights and find a new way to wind down.
- Take Time to Relax – If you really struggle with sleeping then take the time to relax your mind and your body. I sometimes recommend my clients listen to a relaxation CD that I provide or take the time to listen to some slow relaxing music. This will give you the time to really focus on relaxing your whole body and not spend time overthinking or dwelling on negative thoughts. I also like to put on relaxing aromatherapy scents to further relax my body and mind.
- Take a Nice Relaxing Bath – This is my go-to way to when I need to relax and wind down ready for bed, especially after a stressful day. Experts say that your bath should be warm not hot as this help your body reach a warm temperature to help it relax better.
- Exercising During The Day – When I take the time to exercise in the day I find that it really works my body and my mind, that way when it comes to the evening my body tends to be naturally tired and, therefore, is much easier to rest and relax. Exercise too late in the evening can, however, be less beneficial so try to do your workout as early as possible in your day.
- Avoid Alcohol and Sugar – Both these substances will affect you in different ways, Sugar will raise your blood sugar levels and give you energy so it’ll be difficult for you to go to sleep whereas Alcohol may send you to sleep but it will cause you to wake up during the night so your sleep will be disturbed.
- Breathing – If you find it hard to sleep and your thoughts tend to race through your mind then focus on just breathing in and out. This focuses your mind elsewhere and gives you a chance to calm your mind and body. Take nice deep breaths that you can feel in your stomach as opposed to your chest.
- Stick To a Schedule Or Routine – This will get your body used to going to bed at a certain time. Our bodies tell us when we are hungry and when we are tired so if we are in the habit of eating at 12 in the afternoon our bodies will get hungry and tell us it is time to eat. If we go to bed at 11 in the evening our bodies will get tired and tell us that it is time to sleep.
- Write Down Your Thoughts – sometimes our minds race at night thinking of everything we need to get done the next day or what we didn’t achieve today or what we are worrying about. Sometimes writing a to-do list for the following day or writing a worry list can help to organise thoughts and keep them from racing through our minds.
- Find Out The Reason You Cannot Sleep – sometimes there are underlying issues that make it difficult for us to sleep. For some, it may help in managing stress better, for others it could be something intruding on our subconscious mind which stops it from relaxing as it should. Finding out what is going wrong and helping to get rid of the problem should then help with the symptoms.
How Hypnotherapy Can Help
Remember sleep is where your conscious mind relaxes and your subconscious mind comes forward which is how we dream. So if there are any issues intruding on your subconscious mind these can manifest themselves in stopping us from sleeping as easily as we would like to. Hypnotherapy can help with sleep issues as it relaxes your mind, in the same way, allowing us to look deeper at the problems causing sleep to be an issue, we can then clear these problems and we can then reinforce more positive suggestions to help you move forward. We can also teach you relaxation techniques to help you relax both your mind and your body before sleep.
If you would like to get back in control and focus your mind on getting a good nights sleep then please get in touch. I am now doing free 30 minute consultations either via skype or phone which is a great opportunity for you to ask all the questions you need to ask and find out more about what hypnotherapy can do to help. So please use the details below to get in contact and book in for your consultation.
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