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Top tips for getting a good night's sleep 😴

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ZadieGransnet (GNHQ) Fri 19-Mar-21 09:32:27

Sleep is something that’s essential to everyone - but so many find it difficult to get a good night’s kip. So what are your top tips for getting yourself to sleep? Have you found the holy grail of nighttime routines that sends you straight off - or do you have any tried-and-tested tactics for those of us who find ourselves waking up at 3am?

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Flossieflyby Fri 19-Mar-21 11:49:54

Camomile tea during the evening certainly helps me to relax.
Sticking to winding down routines seems to help, too.

Calendargirl Fri 19-Mar-21 12:11:05

Mug of proper cocoa before bed.

AlysonH Fri 19-Mar-21 12:19:23

Pukka Night Time tea seems to help. Someone suggested it a few weeks back on Gransnet. Tastes disgusting (to my mind) but does seem to help with sleep.

fairfraise Fri 19-Mar-21 12:46:53

I don't drink any tea after 6pm and try not to look at phone after 8. I can go all through the night without going to the loo. I always wear bed socks and when I first started taking amlodopine for high BP a year ago I found I slept better initially.

ottypotty Fri 19-Mar-21 13:14:31

I know that I spend far too much time watching TV and being on my phone - keeping the brain working hard - so my tip would be no phone after 6 pm - and no alcohol - and an eyemask and earplugs to dull your senses.

dahville Fri 19-Mar-21 14:29:38

Counting gets me to sleep every time. Not counting sheep or anything else, just slow counting in my head.

Aveline Fri 19-Mar-21 14:40:20

Avoid 'blue light'- the type given off by electronic devices. Eat probotics and prebiotics as part of a balanced diet.
Like so much else, good sleep is moderated by the gut.

Loobs Fri 19-Mar-21 14:42:42

CBD oil works well for me but if not, apparently Mango Kush is excellent.

Molly10 Fri 19-Mar-21 15:22:28

Don't eat or drink too late at night. Having some wind down time before bed also helps.

AGAA4 Fri 19-Mar-21 16:55:40

I have a bedtime routine and I always read for half an hour before I turn my lamp off. No bright lights for last half hour.

curlytops Fri 19-Mar-21 17:07:12

If I feel I need a good nights sleep, I rub lavender oil into the soles of my feet. Works a treat for me.

WishIwasyounger Fri 19-Mar-21 17:08:12

I drink caffeine free tea after about 4pm and it seems to work. I do have bouts of not being able to get to sleep, but I put that down to worrying about the children and grand daughter

ykellock Fri 19-Mar-21 17:33:12

If you've had a busy day at work try to unwind and do some mindfulness. Visualise yourself doing something you enjoy and focus on that for 10 minutes. This will help clear the day's events.

SuzC Fri 19-Mar-21 18:49:05

Not eating too late at night is really important to me.

Wind down time before bed - put the phone away.

A nice warm shower and a little read.

Whatarethechances Fri 19-Mar-21 19:37:28

I try not to look at my phone for a little while before bedtime, but don’t always manage that. I use a lavender scented spray on my pillow every night as well and read for a little while.

silversand12 Fri 19-Mar-21 19:50:25

Keep a notepad or a piece of paper and a pen/pencil next to your bed - if you suddenly think of something write it down. Then you won't lie awake worrying about whether you'll remember or not, and you can train yourself to remove it from your thoughts by "moving" it to the paper.

Suki70 Fri 19-Mar-21 21:22:30

Only go to bed when you’re sleepy. Have a regular wind down routine before going to bed - dim the lights, no screens for an hour before bedtime, have a warm, decaffeinated drink , maybe a bath.

Doodledog Fri 19-Mar-21 21:22:35

As a long-time insomniac I have found that the best way to deal with it is not to expect to get to sleep early, but to make just being in bed as inviting as I can.

A hot bath with bath oil, a warm bed (electric blanket in winter) in a cool room so it feels comforting, and pillow spray make going to bed feel lovely, and I play soft music for a while (I have sleep headphones) or listen to Rain Rain, which is a free app that lets you mix various rain and storm recordings. I listen to that through a speaker, and it makes me feel warm and cozy listening to what seems like rain outside while I am warm and dry in bed.

I do find that the routine of all this helps me to nod off faster than I used to, but as I say, forgetting to care really helps - part of the problem was the feeling that I 'should' be asleep.

CatterySlave1 Fri 19-Mar-21 21:56:22

I agree that not getting too wound up about not sleeping can be key as there’s nothing worse than watching the clock and getting more and more grumpy about not sleeping. I’d recommend no technology in the bedroom and reading at a set time. In fact a routine is good at making us feel ready for bed. So metaphorically winding down the body and mind a few hours before bedtime, soothing caffeine free drinks all evening and maybe something milky an hour or less before bed. Then a warm shower and a cool bedroom (around 18 degrees). Some people like a window open all year but it’s a bit too much over winter personally. Then a little read and lights off. Same time for bed and getting up every day regardless of how tired you are. Apparently a walk at lunchtime is supposed to help set our circadian rhythms to help with sleeping so always worth a try. And if nothing works then grab your book (not a gripping thriller mind) or colouring set and while away the time until you feel you can try again. But don’t forget, no lie ins.

rozina Fri 19-Mar-21 22:18:48

I must admit I use white noise, which I only use when my neighbours wake me up. I find my mind settles on the white noise and blocks out any other noises. I was on sleeping tablets from the age of 28 to about the age of 70 (I know, I just couldn't get off of them)! However, after an accident I found myself having to stay in hospital without any warning, any clothes, possessions or tablets and couldn't attend my Doctors the next day for another prescription of sleeping tablets, and from then on I have never taken another sleeping tablet and never will as they are SO addictive.

Lollin Fri 19-Mar-21 22:24:04

If the body is struggling trying to remember not to allow yourself to fight it. If the body is receptive wind down away from food, drink and screens at least an hour before bed.

mrsmcsporran Fri 19-Mar-21 22:48:01

I love a horlicks before bed! Very old-fashioned, but something about it is just so comforting!

Fairlyodd77 Fri 19-Mar-21 22:57:12

Don't play with your phone before bed. Deffo makes getting to sleep harder

boxfords Fri 19-Mar-21 23:28:00

I try not to go to bed until I'm tired. Too early and I just lay there for hours!