You are feeling very sleepy…

Bedtime, or bee-byes as its known to our gorgeous two year old niece, can be a tricky one. And, as usual, there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ technique for getting to Bedfordshire. It’s easy to get embroiled in an online debate or dither over the dishes and its difficult to call it a day. If you’re anything like me, the guilt of not having done something, or the day-after anxiety when you wake up in a shit-hole, can make it impossible to switch off and reduce that sleep deficit.

It’s not everyone’s cup of horlicks, but here are a few of my rules of thumb for making bee-byes as painless as possible:

  • 10 o’clock shadow: Have a planned bedtime. This can be different on different days if you have commitments mid-week. It helps to have an end-goal and makes it easier to let yourself stop.
  • Nightcap, anyone?: Alcohol is not a solution, and actually disturbs your restorative sleep so avoid at least an hour before bed. Warm, milky drinks like horlicks and unsweetened hot chocolate are great. Try non-dairy versions if you are lactose sensitive. Herbal teas are perfect if you want something lighter (in summer, for example). I like Pukka’s ‘Night-time’ and find peppermint or chamomile helpful, too.
  •  Thou art more temperate: Having a cool bedroom (temperature wise, your street cred doesn’t really come into it) will help you find the right sleeping climate. You can get cosy without being too hot. It’s easier to snuggle up that it is to cool down. Wear layers to bed in winter – more practical than a onesie. Unless you have a dragon onesie. Then always wear your dragon onesie.
  • Banish the beasts: Trust me, the last thing you want is a swift paw to the boob in the middle of the night. Nocturnal animals especially should be located elsewhere. Human and animal sleeping patterns are not always compatible.
  • List-less: If your mind is going 100mph, write a to-do list for the next day so you are prepared. You can let go of responsibility of those duties right now – you’ve written them down, you won’t forget.
  • Share the load: Worry people are a good way of unloading your anxieties. Unburden yourself to someone (NB: also works with real people).
  • Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly: There are plenty of sleep products out there but if you’re not into popping pills, try Badger Balm or the Body Shop’s Sleep Mist.
  • Talk-down: If all else fails, put on a guided mediation video or music. I like the idea of this Lord of the Rings/ Rivendell one!

Time for bee-byes… Sleep well, my little hobbits!


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