by Natalie’s guide to getting the best night’s sleep
We all struggle with sleep issues from time to time. We spend an inordinate amount of our lives sleeping. The average human sleeps for 229,961 hours in their lifetime. Sleeping is an act of self-love. A good night’s sleep helps us reset, relax and start the next day off on the best note possible.
Sleep is a personal experience; no one person sleeps the same. That’s why our sleep rituals need to be bespoke, and we need to tailor our rest to our body and create healthy habits to ensure we get the most out of our dream time. Ideally, we’d all be able to sleep for 7-9 hours straight every night blissfully, but life often gets in the way.
Here are our top tips for getting the best night’s sleep:
1) Choose the perfect pillow
A good night’s sleep starts from the head down. Whether you’re a back, tummy or side sleeper – you need a customised pillow that’s tailored to your specific needs. There are a plethora of considerations to bear in mind when you’re deciding on your pillow of choice. We’ve made it easy for you on our by Natalie Pillows’ page.
2) Set your body clock
It’s essential to create a body clock that works for you. Try to go to sleep and wake up at a similar time each day. Creating a sense of routine will assist your body and brain with your sleep schedule, so you won’t feel as exhausted when you wake up or full of energy right before bed.
3) Figure out what works for you within your lifestyle
There are many claims that turning off all technology before bed is the key to a good night’s sleep, and while this may be true for some people, others may find watching ten minutes of television right before bed soothing and relaxing. We recommend figuring out what helps turn your brain off at night, whether that be a book, tv show, podcast, meditation app or beauty routine – and sticking to it.
4) Make sure what you’re sleeping in is comfortable
We spend such a long period asleep so it’s vital that what we sleep in is not only comfortable and cosy, but it manages the temperature of our bodies. Many sleepers struggle with temperature management, or the lack of it, which consequently negatively impacts their sleep regularity. That’s why we created our by Natalie Sleepwear with fabrics that have premium breathability and are simultaneously cooling and cosy.
5) If possible, avoid alcohol
Who doesn’t enjoy a glass of wine or two at night to switch off from the day been? Although it can make you feel tired, alcohol can also disrupt your sleep, and it makes you more likely to wake up during the night to go to the bathroom.
6) If you can, exercise daily
Not only is exercise great for mental and body health, but it will also help you sleep at night. Exercise stimulates the effects of natural sleep hormones such as melatonin. Be careful not to exercise too close to bedtime, as it can be overstimulating.
7) Monitor your meal times
Allow your body the time to digest your dinner. Don’t eat a big meal right before bedtime. Avoid foods that are high in sugar, so you don’t get a ‘sugar high’ before you rest.
8) Lavender spray
Invest in a lavender spray. Lavender is an anxiety reliever and a natural sedative. Lavender interacts with your neurotransmitters to help quiet the brain, simply spray a couple of pumps at night in your room and on your bedding for unparalleled relaxation.