I’ve always had a love hate relationship with sleep. I love it, but I rarely seem to be able to get enough of it. Recently, though, I think I’ve cracked it.
I’ve tried so many things in the past when my sleep has been rough. No screens, early nights, no caffeine, showers in the morning, showers at night, podcasts, meditation, sleep sprays. You name it – I’ve tried it.
But, in the past few months, I’ve definitely cracked it. For me, it’s all about routine.
That sounds a little like a cop out answer, soz.
Basically, I try do the same (or, at least, similar) things every night. Especially in the hour before bed.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a perfect system. I still have bad night’s sleep sometimes. Last night, for example. You know when you just can’t sleep, and you get so frustrated you kind of want to cry. Then you roll over and see the person next to you all peaceful and happy and you kind of want to wake them up “accidentally” our of pure spite? That. That was last night.
But, on the most part, having a set routine has really helped my sleep patterns.
My evening routine
6pm: Home from work. Take makeup off and jump into some comfy clothes. (PJs. I mean PJs.) As far as skincare goes, I especially love the Clarins Lotus Oil on an evening – it works literal miracles on my skin and smells so relaxing. I try to have a moment of mindfulness whilst taking off my makeup on an evening. Sorry, I am aware that sounds super wanky, but it really does help get rid of any stress from the day. Concentrating on the smells, massaging away my makeup and appreciating how clean my skin feels. It’s the bomb.
Worth noting: I have stopped drinking anything caffeinated after about 4/5pm and it’s really helped. I could stop earlier in the day, but I don’t think I could cope without my afternoon cuppa. I used to have a couple of mugs on an evening, and never really realised how much it negatively affected my sleep – definitely worth thinking about!
6:15pm: Open laptop or turn on the telly, depending on how lazy I’m being. Either way, this is my period of evening screen time. If I’m being productive, I’ll blog/edit, if not I’ll Netflix the evening away. We’re re-watching Gilmore Girls atm and it’s gr8.
8pm: Tea. Not the drink kind – the Northern kind. AKA what most of you will call Dinner. To be honest, we’ll eat tea any time between 7pm and 9pm, but it’s usually around the 8pm mark. Then it’s back to laptop/telly time after we’ve finished. The difference this time is we usually light some sort of relaxing candle. My favourite at the moment is the Neom Scent To Sleep candle* – it’s UH-MAZING.
10pm: When I’m being good, 10pm is laptop down time. When I’m busy/being bad, it’s more like 11pm/11:30pm. Soz. We’ll continue watching Netflix for a bit for SURE. Usually something chilled like Parks & Recreation or Gilmore Girls so it doesn’t take too much attention/concentration. This is also about the time we make a cuppa – I opt for some Pukka Nighttime tea because it’s amazing at helping me get all sleepy and cosy. Joe sometimes has the same, sometimes has a hot water with honey and lemon.
We are so rock and roll, I know. Contain yourselves.
11pm-11:30pm: BEDTIME! I’d prefer to go to bed earlier, to be honest, but it’s usually around 11pm because blogging is basically a second job and maaaan it takes up time when you have a full time job! I’ve recently started using the Neom Scent To Sleep Hand Balm* and a lavender pillow mist and boy is it helping me drift off to sleep quicker! My fave pillow mist is the one from Feather & Down – Lavender and Chamomile. Divine.
With the hand balm, you massage it in your hands before cupping your hands over your nose and breathing in the scent. It’s so relaxing, I’m not sure I’ll be able to sleep without it anymore??
Anyway… that’s my routine! Obviously, it’s not the same every night. If I’m out, for example, it will be very different. But, this is what I try to stick to as much as I can – especially the last couple of steps. And honestly, having a routine has helped my sleep SO much – it’s quite amazing really.
You may have already guessed, but Neom Organics sent me some of their Scent To Sleep range for this post. They’re a great company and I absolutely adore their products (and ethos). They’re holding an event called the Neom Big Sleep tomorrow (September 28th) and would love to see you get involved! Head to their website to sign yourself up to the Big Sleep and you could win £200 to spend with them! You’ll also get a free copy of their new Guide To Help You Sleep ebook, featuring 30 small steps to help you prepare for the Big Sleep.
They’re also offering a free Sleep School where you can receive a personal consultation. It’s available in the three Neom stores; Wimbledon, Leeds and Chelsea, and it includes a 30 minute consultation filled with secrets from the Neom Wellbeing Board. They’ll help you create a pre-bedtime routine that fits your life, you can hear about some proven techniques to help you wind down and help you pin point areas you could change.
I’d love to hear about any tips you have for guaranteeing a good night’s sleep! Or anything that’s part of your routine! Let me know in the comments <3