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As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, it’s a great time to get cosy and spend more time relaxing at home. Maintaining a healthy sleeping pattern is also crucial if you want to keep stress away and protect your mental and physical well-being in these darker months.
With recent events and feelings of uncertainty experienced by many of us right now, it can be difficult to completely relax and getting to sleep can be a real struggle. So, we’ve put together some tips on how to relax before bed.
Our minds AND bodies need to be prepared as part of our bedtime relaxation techniques.
We all have things that play on our mind and worries that can sometimes take over. So, you may be wondering how to sleep when stressed and anxious. It’s important to remember that getting mentally ready for bed, is as important as changing into your sleep attire.
• Try to avoid screens, phones and laptops and any other electronic stimuli just before bedtime.
• Practice mental exercises for sleep like Mindfulness – this simply means paying more attention to the present moment – your own thoughts and feelings and the world around you.
Here are some simple tips on how to use mindfulness to help you relax before bedtime:
Sometimes, the transition from day or outdoor wear to sleep and loungewear can have a huge impact on night time relaxation techniques. We all feel more relaxed when we’re comfortable, which can mean just slipping your feet into your favourite slippers or changing into less restrictive clothing.
Your physical night time relaxation techniques can also involve having a warm soothing bath or lighting some candles with your favourite scent. Dimming the lights can be just as effective too and can help you transition into the darkness before you turn the lights off completely and go to sleep.
Breathing techniques have long been recognised as a great way to help relax your mind and body. They can help you to wind down before bed when stressed and help reduce sleep anxiety.
The NHS recommends using breathing techniques as part of your daily routine. You can do it standing up, sitting in a chair that supports your back, or lying on a bed or yoga mat on the floor. Here’s how to do it:
If this doesn’t work, give the military breathing technique a go instead.
The military sleep hack, also known as the military method, was invented during WWII. Generals and other commanders were concerned at the time about the tiredness and stress that a lack of sleep was producing in their troops. Using the expertise of the time, a new strategy combining physical and mental relaxation was developed.
This approach is thought to induce sleep in around 90 seconds. Try it out by following these easy steps:
Find your ultimate comfort outfit helping you transition from day to night to bed. For this, we find a blanket hoodie does wonders. Our Esme and Harper Sherpa fleece hoodies are a great way to get cosy when you get home. Slip them on over your clothes or just wear them on their own or with your PJ’s.
If you’re ready to get ready for bed as soon as you step inside the front door, then we’ve got some gorgeous gowns to help you do just that. Try the Chloe or Samantha for women or the Moore or Brosnan for men
No matter what kind of relaxation fit you’re after, we’ll have it. Browse our wide range of stylish, warm and comfy slippers and loungewear today. Whatever you choose, one thing is for certain – a cosy, relaxing sleep.