We’d all like a less stressful life, but with our busy routines alongside general life pressures, being stress-free can seem more of a dream than a reality – so much so that it may be affecting us more than we think, potentially even causing us to lose out on valuable sleep because of it.
We’ve compiled a list of simple tips below for de-stressing before bedtime in order to get the best night’s sleep possible – here’s the Mattressman recipe for less stress and more sleep:
- Meditation can sometimes be perceived as a practice that is difficult to achieve, however, anybody can practice meditation and all you need is you & your mind! Taking as little as 10 minutes out of your evening before you go to bed to focus your mind and do some deep breathing can really help you relax and rid yourself of any worries, leading to a great night’s sleep.
- Calming music before you go to bed is sure to help you relax and help you fall asleep. If you are used to watching TV at bedtime, this could be a great alternative that is much less stress-inducing.
- Create a soft atmosphere, as making your bedroom a cosy haven can make all the difference to your night’s sleep. Lighting a scented candle or burning incense will create a soft atmosphere, making it easier for you to fall into a stress-free sleep. Just don’t forget to extinguish any candles and incense before you go to sleep!
- Take a mind break for an easy way to de-stress – before you fall asleep, take time out to ‘go to your happy place’, as just thinking about a place that you enjoy visiting or even a dream holiday destination will fill your mind with pleasant thoughts and prevent you from worrying right before you go to bed.
- Light exercise at least three hours before bedtime is a good way to shake off the stresses of the day, keep fit and prepare your body for a good night’s sleep. Why not try doing some simple exercising or light stretches tonight before bed?
When you go to bed this evening, if you struggle to sleep, ask yourself whether you need to take some time to de-stress before trying to fall asleep. Have you tried any of the above practices for less stress and more sleep? If so, we’d love to hear all about it!