If the festive season’s stolen your sleep; it’s time to take back control. As well as our exciting VOYA giveaway we’ve some top tips of our own on how to reset your sleep pattern.
How much sleep do we need?
Babies: 16 hours
Age 3-18: 10 hours
Age 19-55: 8 hours
Over 65s: 6 hours
Sleep like a baby
Just like a baby or toddler, going to bed and getting up at the same time everyday forces your body into a routine that makes it easier to drift off – and wake up. But unlike a child, this is easier said than done, with shift-work, long work days and evenings out over the weekend tempting us away from our beds.
So, if the party season has knocked your sleep pattern out of whack and you’re finding it hard to drift away; focus on waking up at the same time everyday instead. To start a consistent routine, make your morning wake-up call the same time every day and you’ll soon start feeling sleepy at a consistent time too. Disclaimer, you will need to ditch the weekend lie-in. Maybe focus on cooking a delicious breakfast instead?
Channel your energy
Winding down before bed is crucial to prepare your busy brain for sleep. If you’re worried about something, or have a lot to do the following day, write a ‘to do’ list to put your mind at ease and help you wake up organised. If you are really stressed, finish your list and try some simple breathing exercises or light stretching, run a bubble bath and indulge in some aromatherapy with Decléor’s Aromessence Lavandula Iris Facial Oil Serum to help you drift off.
Facts to daydream about
- 12% of people only dream in black and white
- We only ever dream about faces that we have seen before
- 50% of dreams are forgotten within five minutes of waking up
- You cannot read or tell the time during dreams
- Your mind is more active when you are dreaming than while you are awake