I recently published a post talking about how to get a good night’s sleep and that went down a treat with you guys, so I thought I’d delve a little deeper into the relaxation side of things and what I do to ensure I adopt the best relaxation practices for me to enjoy a smooth and uninterrupted sleep.
Sleep, as you may all know, is something we all need to lead a healthy lifestyle It promotes wellness and activeness for every human being and is just as important as eating, drinking and just about everything to keep you going. There are a lot of features and apps out there to help with promoting a better sleep routine and they’re great. I have tried a couple (Sleep Cycle and Bedtime on the iPhone), but I do prefer to use more of a natural method to relax and achieve a more fulfilling night’s sleep. So here’s a set of tips I’d like to share which I hope will be helpful to you all.
Practice breathing techniques – this is one step that actually took me the longest to get right, but once I did, it’s honestly been the best thing ever for relaxation. Leading a busy life takes its toll and I used to often find myself breathing quickly and anxiously as I was trying to get things done before I hit the sack. Since learning more about breathing exercises and actually performing them right before I go to bed, it helps me to relax and regain control of my mind and thoughts.
Perform stretching exercises – simple stretching exercises does wonders for relaxation and it’s something that is easy to follow and quick to do. Try to get a good amount of space round you when lying on the bed, close your eyes and gently raise your arms above your head, pull your body upwards and repeat that five times. Do the same for your feet, stretch them forward and lower your body as you do that and repeat. These are just a few easy stretches and I do a few more with my arms, but this is just a general idea of the type of exercises you can do. It’s super simple and will ensure you are relaxed just before you nod off.
Read – reading tires the brain to a certain degree and in turn, turns it in to relaxation. I know that sounds weird, but that’s the best way for me to describe it. Reading for me is one of those things I do when I need to calm myself down and ‘kind of’ hide away from the world. Just an hour before bedtime is perfect to ease the brain, to slow it down and to induce a calmer mind, therefore relaxation comes naturally.
Have a bath – this is a no brainer, I probably have mentioned it a few times before that having a bath is the most relaxing thing to do, alongside a beauty routine. There is nothing better than sinking in to a tub of warm water and allowing the aromas of the bubble bath to linger on your skin as you forget about the worries of the day. Having a bath allows your body to sink in to a state of relaxation without you even realising, so it’s one of the most easiest things to do and definitely the first thing I’d pick to do to relax.
Plan tomorrow’s activities – maybe this is just me, but I find planning the next day’s diary is super relaxing. Mostly because I am a ‘lists’ person and the fact that my next day is planned out well means I am less likely to be stressed and naturally, I will be relaxed. Having a clear diary set out is something that is quite fulfilling just before heading to sleep and to know that I have it all planned out the night before naturally puts me at ease and helps with relaxation for the rest of the night.
Having the right type of mattress is also a huge factor when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. Not only for ease of drifting off, but also for comfort, for health (e.g. back and neck support) and for overall wellbeing. Leesa’s memory foam mattress is by all means everything I could ask for in a bed time companion. It is built with three layers of high quality foam that delivers bounce and contouring pressure relief night after night and thanks to its extra layers of foam, its super comfortable and provides core support for my back and neck. I’ve always had memory foam mattresses, but none of them have matched up to the quality of Leesa, that’s why it is so important to invest in a good one to ensure you don’t have any problems in the future. For those who haven’t owned memory foam mattresses before and would like to try, you’ll be glad to know that Leesa’s mattresses actually come delivered compressed and rolled up, so there is no awkward moments of trying to get it through the door and because they are purely based online, there is no need to speak to a store advisor who would normally try and sell you a mattress which isn’t based on your needs.
The ordering process is also easy and simple, with just a few clicks and a new mattress will be on its way with free delivery too. Another great option introduced by Leesa is that customers can try the mattress for 100 nights and if they’re unhappy with it, it can be returned and that mattress then gets donated to charity. I am 100% sure everyone would LOVE this mattress though, so if customers do decide to keep it, with every ten sold, one is also given to charity.
Laying out the mattress was definitely an eye opening experience, I mean, I’ve never seen a mattress rise so quickly, imagine the fun trying to capture it on the camera. One piece of advice if choosing to purchase this is to lay it flat out on the bedframe as soon as you take it out the box and cut the plastic as there is no way of getting the Leesa back in the box after that. It takes just under an hour to fully rise to perfection and after that, feel free to test and sleep to your heart’s content.
Because the guys at Leesa are super duper nice, they have offered you guys a £50 discount code if you fancied trying out the mattress for yourself, the link is here. It’s honestly the best, positive decision I made to switch to a Leesa mattress and I haven’t looked back since.
Do you have any tips on how to relax before you sleep?
*This post is in collaboration with Leesa.