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, here are the contents of my sleep kit:
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?!