There never seem to be enough hours in the day to do all that is expected of us so getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep a night is sometimes just not doable.
Setting realistic goals in terms of your sleeping pattern is a great way to get started on the track to those 8 hours. If you are only getting on average 5 hours try setting your goal to getting 6 hours, then continue to increase it when the 6 hours seems more natural. Try some of these tips and products to help you get a good night's sleep.
Limit electrical device usage before bed: Phones, tablets even TV's are best avoided before bed if you want to get that good night's sleep, hey keep the brain stimulated so if used right before you go to sleep your brain can't switch off.
Exercise is another best avoided before bed, as it ups your heart rate and gives you more energy. This energy can't go anywhere so prevents you from sleeping as it feels as though you are wide awake.
No caffeine before bed: Everyone knows that caffeine is a stimulant and can keep you awake, perfect for those long mornings but not so great for that uninterrupted night's sleep. If you like that cup of tea before bed try caffeine free options, like chamomile tea.
Create a relaxing space: keep your room free of things that are likely to bother you, such as mess or bright charging lights etc. also try relaxing scents; Lavender is well known to help with sleep try a pillow spray or temple balm to aid with sleep.
Take a nice hot bath: Hot baths are great just before bed to help unwind and relieve built up tension in the body from the day. Maybe add a drop of an essential oil to intensify the relaxation feeling such as lavender or peppermint.
Some suggested products:
Heath & Heather Camomile (£1.65 for 20 Tea Bags):
A real thirst-quencher this relaxing tea contains 100% camomile, a calming herb traditionally valued for its soothing properties .
Miaroma Lavender Sleep Mist (£7.00 for 100ml)
This 100% natural relaxation mist can be sprayed around your bedroom to create a calming, soothing atmosphere. For a more intense aromatherapy experience, you can also spray directly onto your pillow, to enjoy the aromas of Lavender, Honeysuckle and Chamomile, while you rest your head.
Miaroma Relaxing Lavender Temple Balm (£8.00 for 15ml)
This calming temple balm combines a soothing blend of Lavender, Sandalwood, Chamomile and Patchouli, to help promote strong wellbeing and relaxation.
Miaroma Peppermint Pure Essential Oil (£5.59 for 10ml)
If you're in need of a morning or mid-afternoon pick me up that is caffeine free, try a drop of Peppermint Pure Essential Oil. Not to be used undiluted on skin, it has a spicy and fragrant aroma that is said to help provide excellent relief to mental fatigue. If a fear of spiders is stopping you from sleeping soundly, you'll be pleased to hear that peppermint oil is also a natural spider repellent.
Dr Organic Lavender Skin Lotion (£6.59 200ml)
Dr Organic's fragrant and moisturising skin lotion is enriched with a select blend of bioactive organic extracts which hydrate the skin's epidermal structure leaving the skin feeling soft, silky smooth and perfectly balanced.