How to Quiet Your Mind Before Bedtime

If you’re struggling to fall asleep at night, you’re not alone. Before heading to the
doctor, maybe try these ideas that’ll leave you feeling rejuvenated.

Sleep is an incredibly important part of life. Sleeping refreshes your body and mind, aids in injury recovery and helps to stave off a number of ailments. But getting to sleep can be a nightmare for a lot of people. This can be for a number of reasons, mental or environmental. Here are some tips on how to get sleep safe and sound this evening that don’t involve buying a whole new mattress.

Stay Off Your Phone

And your laptop too for that matter. The blue light from devices such as these speed up brain activity and can be very detrimental to your quality of sleep. Add to this the fast-paced manner in which online content is digested and being on your phone right before you go to sleep will leave your brain restless for hours. If you do have to be on a device, most modern ones have a warm light setting that you can toggle. 

Do Some Mild Yoga Before Bed

The internet is full of yoga for bedtime videos, and with good reason. Stretching before bed can help calm the mind as well as alleviate any aches and pains in the body. After one or two sessions you won’t have to keep looking up at the screen and instead can just relax and listen to the instructor’s calming voice. One of my favourites is Yoga with Adrianne, her voice is incredibly relaxing, and her manner is gentle and not-too-serious.

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Listen To A Podcast

 If you need to listen to something to fall asleep, music can be tricky. Put your music on shuffle and you might later awake to pounding EDM or hard hip hop, even classical can get quite intense. Podcasts are brilliant for sleeping, you get to absorb gently relayed information on a range of topics until you drift off. Apps like Spotify have a sleep-timer for this reason. Stay away from true crime and rather opt for in-depth storytelling like Serial or fascinating information on design and architecture from Roman Mars of 99% Invisible

Have A Cup of Sceletium Tea 

Sceletium is an African botanical that has been used over centuries as an herbal tea. It results in calm focus and gentle euphoria that’s ideal for when you play at Lucky Creek Casino, but it can effectively aid in sleep too due to its calming properties. If you buy it as a tea, it normally comes blended with Honeybush, a beautiful smelling shrub found in mountainous regions. 

Change Your Bedding

Having a clean, freshly made bed is incredibly inviting, and keeping your sheets fresh and crisp also helps reduce skin conditions such as acne found on the back and arms. It also gives you the time to decide whether your bedding is working for you. Should you be using a feather duvet in the height of summer? Should you be investing in an orthopaedic pillow? 

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Getting to sleep can be tricky, but before resorting to sleeping pills and doctors’ appointments, maybe try one or two or all of the above, and maybe tonight you’ll find yourself soothed and content and awake tomorrow morning fresh and ready for the new day.

Johnny Thompson

Johnny Thompson is a senior reporter for Generator Research in Los Angeles, reporting on technology, business, finances, and more. He previously worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and got his start at newspapers in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

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