10 ways to improve your sleep
Here at Made By Coopers we aim to work on all aspects of mental and emotional wellbeing as well as delivering a high end skincare offering, all with the power of plants. But, one thing we are really known for is improving sleep, and lets face is - if our sleep is improved, everything else is improved too. Our mood is better, our mind is clearer, even our skin looks better too!
So here is 10 ways to improve your sleep:
- Unplug - The soft blue glow from a phone or tablet may hurt your sleep. Tip: Turn off TVs, computers, and other blue-light sources an hour before you go to bed.
- Power nap - If you are really tired during the day or have anxiety, take a nap and use an eye pillow to get you asleep fast. You’ll rest better at night for it. but keep it to 40 minutes or less!
- Change your pillow - your pillow should be just right for you and support the natural curve of your neck when you're resting on your back. We recommend Brightr sleep pillows for improved sleep.
- Ditch the caffeine - Caffeine stays in your system for 10 hours so too much caffeine may be affecting your sleep. Limit caffeine intake after 12pm.
- Create a ritual - A daily night time ritual you stick to will tell your body and mind its time to relax. This should last between 30 mins and an hour and a half and include things like journalling, reading a book, stretching, skincare routine or taking a bath
- Salt Baths - Taking a bath with a high magnesium content salt like Vanilla Rose or Sleepy Head, will help to relax your muscles and improve sleep.
- Aromatherapy - Diffusing an essential oil blend like Calm or misting a pillow spray like Sleepy Head, will help relax the mind and ease anxiety.
- Meditation - Sitting in stillness to quieten the mind is proven to dramatically improve every aspect of mental and emotional wellbeing aswell as sleep. If you arent used to meditation, start with 5 mins and lead up to 20.
- Dim the lights - Dim them around your home 2 to 3 hours before bedtime. Lower light levels signal your brain to make melatonin, the hormone that brings on sleep. Perfect excuse to light some candles!
- Keep your bed for humans! - As much as we love our furry friends, they do affect our sleep. A cat's or a dog moves around at night which disturbs our sleep. They can also bring allergy triggers like fleas, fur, dander, and pollen into your bed.