Sleep, we all need it. Some love it more than others and some are better at it than others.

I am definitely someone who needs their sleep, i’m talking a solid 8-10 hours. If I don’t get my hours in most in nights I am left feeling moody, sluggish, unable to concentrate and if it gets really bad, I end up sick. Take note: perhaps stay away from me if i seem extremely sleep deprived.

Although I am a light sleeper and find myself on edge with the slightest hint of noise (what was that? Is someone outside? you know what I mean), I do find that I am a pretty good sleeper and wanted to share my top 5 sleeping hacks with you because, a good night sleep is not to be underestimated!

1. Set the mood

Make your bedroom a sanctuary where you instantly feel relaxed. I do this by having minimal clutter, clothes put away and out of sight, indoor plants and home decor that I love.

I make sure that I make the bed every morning and enjoy the ritual of turning down the bed at night, neatly placing all my cushions on the floor (a girl can never have enough cushions regardless of what the hubby thinks), turning on my diffuser, closing the blinds and dimming lights. Aaaah, can you already feel the relaxation mode kicking in?

2. Disconnect from screens and technology

This would have to be one of the things that I find makes the biggest difference. Everynight I ensure that my phone is on aeroplane mode because there is nothing more annoying than when your just starting to dose off and next minute your phone is buzzing from a text, phone call or email. I normally try to turn my phone on aeroplane mode a good 30 minutes to 1 hour before I head to bed to allow me enough time to unwind.

I also always make sure that our home wifi is turned off at the wall and before you call me “woo woo” how about you do some research on the effects that EMF’s can have on you.

Studies have proven that the exposure to EMF radiation from wifi networks can significantly affect sleep patterns. EMF’s which is short for Electromotive Field’s are proven to effect our Pineal Gland which is responsible for producing melatonin which is the hormone that regulates our sleep and circadian rhythm. Our bodies are such incredible things and also sense EMF radiation very similar to how we perceive light, I know i personally don’t sleep well with the tiniest bit of light in the room (are you with me or are you with me?) which explains why I personally feel “wired” when the wifi is left on.

If you are interested in this subject and want to read more on how EMF’s can affect you and how to reduce your exposure to them, you can head here to read an interesting article.

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3. Relax and unwind with a good book

If you know me you’ll learn that I take forever to make it through a book and there’s a very good reason for it. I love reading a good fiction book before i go to sleep and often find that I only make it through a few pages before i dose off. I absolutely love reading chick lit books, think of it was trashy tv without the screen time. A few of my favours are this one, this one, and this one. Tip: I love getting my books from the library, it’s free and the variety is huge!

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4. Essential Oils

Earlier I touched on setting the mood by diffusing essential oils before I go to bed.

Anyone who’s smelled fresh cookies baking in the oven knows that scents have a strong influence on how we feel. When we smell something, our olfactory nerve sends signals directly to our limbic system and amygdala, the parts of our brain responsible for our memory or mood. That’s why certain scents can instantly make us feel brighter, relaxed or recall a favorite memory. Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that relies on the powerful sense of smell. I love diffusing Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Basil or Clary Sage. I also have a roller bottle made up with fractionated coconut oil and Vetiver which I apply when I need an extra little kick and feel a bit restless, i always find it sends me into a deep sleep.

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5. Have a regular sleep pattern

Picking a regular bed time and wake up time is proven to have significant impact on your sleep cycle. I can be quite a nanna and enjoy going to bed quite early as we are normally up early in the morning and am normally in bed asleep between 8.30-9pm. I gear myself up for this by ensuring that I clean the kitchen while I cook so i’m not left with a big mess after dinner, I don’t get on the computer and do any work at night if it can be helped, and I have my shower when I get home from work in the late evening.

Try to go to bed around the same time every night and get up around the same time every morning. It may take a bit of getting use to but i promise you that if you can maintain it you will notice a significant difference. Find what time frame works for you and do your very best to stick to it.

Have you got some of your own sleep hacks? Comment below and spread the sleep love.