We’ve all dreamt of hopping out of bed in the morning, switching on the coffee machine and reading over our favourite mag whilst munching our way through an Insta-worthy breakfast – this however, is NOT me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve longed for this moment – trying desperately to salvage some kind of morning before work, it just never seems to stick!
So, if you are like me, up too late (scrolling through Ebay, Asos or Secret Escapes) and unable to wake up in the morning then look no further. Earlier this month I visited The Hoxton Hotel for a night of Sleep Solutions with Ruth Crilly, hosted by This Works. Throughout the evening Ruth Crilly described her sleep routine alongside This Works sleep expert Professor Gaby Badre and Anna Persaud This Works MD, providing us with some top tips and solutions to help you get the kip you need.
- Reduce the amount of light in the room leading up to your bedtime – equally waking up with gradual light can help to improve your ‘natural’ morning wake-up. This can be harder in the winter, so Gaby suggested a Lumie Light – these can be easily found on Amazon.
- Avoid using your mobile or laptop before bed, also known as a digital detox period – I mean I’m not sure who doesn’t scroll through IG before bed, however, turning on the blue light filter on your phone could be a good happy medium! Another great solution for this is turning your phone off for an hour in the evening and creating some you time – allowing you to think freely and in turn more creatively.
- Write a list before bed of the things you need to accomplish the next day or of what is on your mind – taking the thoughts out of your head can reduce the amount of time you spend thinking or worrying about it. It doesn’t matter if you get round to all of them, it the process of removing them from your mind that should help you settle to sleep.
- Introduce a gentle smell – following my evening at The Hoxton, I tried and tested the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. I use this to help prepare my body for sleep. It has now become such a prominent part of my routine that I almost feel tired after taking in the fragrance, creating an association between the smell and sleep. The spray has a soft Lavender and Camomile smell, calming both mind and body.
- Avoid drinking too much liquid before bed – this will help with waking in the night.
So there you have it – our top sleeping and waking tips!