28.5.15

Top Tips For A Better Nights Sleep

Over the past few weeks, I made a commitment to myself to ensure I go to bed on time so I could wake up feeling refreshed rather than face a day seeking out doses of caffeine.

It also was important for my training. Resting, and getting enough sleep is as important as going hard when working out.

With the amazing success of #HillarysWeekOfSleep recently held by Hillarys, they have teamed up with Wellness expert Dr Lauren Kita to put together her top 10 sleep tips to help you get a better nights sleep.

When I was contacted about trialling out a sleep kit and sharing said top tips, the answer was most definitely yes. I mean, I surely can't be the only one who is looking to work out how to get that sought after great nights sleep?!

So, if you already had a click of the link and read the tips, you'll fully understand the reasonings behind the contents of my sleep kit:

Lumi Bodyclock
Lavender Oil
Yoga Mat
Notebook


I was most excited about the Lumi Bodyclock - it's been on my Amazon Wishlist for a while (and we all know how serious that is, right?!). It uses a light to gently wake you up from your sleep in the morning. Having never tried it before, I opted to also use the additional alarm sound because I did need to be at work on time! Just in case! I've found that I've been waking up feeling well rested and haven't had to use the snooze button as much. It's also replaced me using my mobile phone as an alarm clock meaning I don't spend my last few minutes before bed staring at the bright screen! Win, win!?

I then changed my bed clothes (fresh sheets, dreamy!) and doused them in lavender oil. Lavender is such a calming fragrance, making my room smell like a spa and helping me to wind down when I jump into my bed.

One of Dr Lauren Kita's tips is to do things that energise you during the day.

"Yoga is another great way to integrate exercise and mindfulness. The more you can be mindful during the day, the easier it will be to switch off at night. Over time, you can literally rewire your brain so that this process becomes second nature – allowing you to drift off effortlessly! "

I haven't given this one a go yet as I've been busy hitting the pool, running and trying my hand at triathlons recently so have been pretty exhausted when it comes to the evening anyway. I am planning on adding 15-30 minutes per day of functional training to my workout schedule just to boost all the cardio I'm doing. Stay tuned to see how that one goes...

Last but not least, I put the notebook to good use. I keep it on my bedside table with a pen so I can jot down whats on my mind before I go to sleep. It usually consists of things to remember to do the following day. I also love to read as opposed to watching tv - the bright light of the screen actually stimulates your brain, going against your efforts to get to sleep once you switch off! Reading a chapter of my book, in a low light helps me to relax and start to wind down my mind.

All in all, my commitment to sleep is paying off. I can make it through the day without desperately needing a caffeine hit and I have the energy I need to train. Such a small change makes such a big impact; makes me wonder what other little tweaks we could all make on a day to day basis!

So, what are your top tips for getting a good nights sleep?!


Elle :) 

14 comments:

  1. Elle, the Lumi is a life-changer! I've had a similar Panasonic (I think??) version for almost ten years and I love it. As a total non-morning-person it makes waking up a much less gruesome prospect ;o) I think you'll really notice the difference in the winter months when you get the gentle sunrise effect instead of having to flick on a light in the pitch black mornings. x

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    1. YES! I think I will notice the difference even more in winter! I thought the mornings were bright now until I had the lumi! The one morning I had to get up at 5am was amazing in comparison to before, and I felt so much more energised for the whole day!! Think I will need to buy my mum one when autumn and winter descends! :) x

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  2. here it is all all all about my NIGHTLY WIND DOWN ROUTINE.
    I never deviate.
    Im old :-)

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    1. I'm old too :) LOVE my sleep

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  3. That alarm clock sounds awesome! I would love to have something like that in the winter up here in Alaska - when the sun doesn't rise until after 10:00 am it's hard to get out of bed at any decent time because it feels like the middle of the night. Right now it rises at like 4:00 am or something crazy so I'm good on morning sunlight waking me up haha.

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    1. reminds me of my time I spent in northern Finland! It can get depressing when the (light in the) days are so short! ...It was mad how energetic I was when daylight lasted 24 hours! Except when I came back to London I felt like I needed to catch up on all the sleep! lol Sounds like a SAD light clock would do you wonders in the winter!

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  4. Melatonin and lavender oil on my feet. Sleep like a baby. I have also cut down on using electronics and watching TV right before bed. That is the part I struggle with though. The body clock sounds cool.

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    1. Yeah... putting down the electronics is not easy!! Stick with it and not using them will become your new habit! ...I've heard friends talking about melatonin! I'm gonna try the lavender oil on my feet tonight :)

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  5. Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Elizabeth :) sweet dreams!

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  6. I love my Lumie clock! I also use the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray every night which is awesome :)

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    1. I'm kinda excited for winter now! haha! ...Oooo will check out that spray! Have loved using the lavender oil! :)

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  7. I have one of those clocks and it is great, however I now have two little ones so rarely get a gentle wake up! Sleep is important though and I think I value it even more these days!

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    1. Ha! I try to value my sleep now whilst I am single and childless :) ...I've seen the difference the clock makes when I have a 5am start (like today) however I do use the sound too as I'm too scared to trust just the light and the sounds is defo not gentle! haha!

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