A few weeks ago I posted on Instagram about having issues with sleeping related to my anxiety. It seems I’m not alone with my issues and I loved the advice lots of you shared with me so I wanted to pass on the love incase you find this helpful too. (I won’t share with you the comments from two of my ‘friends’ making fun of me…who needs enemies, hey!)
I really enjoyed reading these, and although I hate that so many of you struggle to sleep or suffer with anxiety too, it did make me feel better to know that I’m not alone.
I’ve partnered with Sealy, the biggest bed brand in the world, to share some of the best tips;
1. Repeat a mantra – lots of you talked about having something you repeated to yourself to make yourself feel better. Usually these were along the lines of ‘nothing I can do right now will help, I’ll be better off dealing with this tomorrow morning’ to avoid stressing out at bedtime.
2. Listen to music to relax
3. Switch your brain off by listening to a podcast or audiobook. Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter seemed to be a fave!
4. Get naked/cool off – lowering our body temperature can help your body shut down and go into sleep mode.
5. A comfortable bed – the right mattress firmness for you and good pillows. We have created the most incredible sleeping space that makes me feel so safe. I was sent the Select Response pillow from Sealy that’s designed to respond to your body temperature and honestly the combination of the new pillows with our ErgoFlex mattress has been life changing. My headaches are better, I’m less restless once I’m asleep and don’t wake up with any aches/pains from sleeping weirdly.
The bedding in my parents house is seriously old, and we’d been using hand-me-down mattresses, pillows, duvets etc for so long that I didn’t realise what a difference it makes. Did you know that you should replace your pillows every 1-3 years? I had no idea!
7.. Reading a book – getting off your phone, winding down and expanding/switching off your mind with a good book.
8. ZMA supplements (zinc, magnesium and B6) or melatonin supplements
9.Meditation – a lot of people recommended the Headspace app, or The Relaxation Response book.
10. Essential oils and Neals Yard Remedies night time roller balls.
11. A bath to relax and increase then lower your body temperature.
12. Watching TV – this works for Tom every time sadly it doesn’t work for me. A couple of people said they watched David Attenborough for his dulcet tones.
13. Clean bed sheets.
14. Deep breathing – focusing on your breath, practicing that weird yoga breathing that everyone hates, regulating your breath and heart rate. A couple of people recommended the 4-7-8 method.
15. My psychiatrist Dr friend recommended the sleep hiegene sleeping checklist which she refers a lot of her patients too.
16. Drink a pre-bed herbal tea.
17. A pre-bedtime yoga routine. I used to love my Yoga Nidra on a Sunday evening, it really helped with the Sunday blues! Try this one from Yoga with Adriene.
18. Utilise a wake up light to help ease you into sleep (and awake) – I love my Lumi light so much. Read more about my love for mine here.
This blog is written in collaboration with Sealy