how to get a better sleep

My Tips for a Restful Night of Sleep

September 9, 2016Susan

Sleep is a funny old thing.

In my view you can never have too much of it, and my bed is one of my favorite places, but so many people struggle with sleep. In times of stress it can prove elusive to us all. But what about those who have sleep issues every night?

Today I’m not going to try and solve your insomnia, but just share with you the things I do which, 99% of the time, help me get the sleep I need.


Yes I’m a bit like a baby in that I thrive on routine. I used to think, hey I’ll just roll with it and see what happens- lets watch four episodes of House of Cards back to back. Occasions like holidays and Christmas are exceptions to the routine rule for obvious reasons.

Generally though, I like to be heading up to bed around 10pm and asleep by 11pm at the latest. If I don’t do this I find I miss my Sleep Window, suddenly finding a second wind from somewhere, and ending up wide awake for the next couple of hours.

This routine rule also applies to the mornings. *Groan* I hear you say… Often the last thing you want to do after a bad night’s sleep is get up at a decent time, but for sleeps sake! It works by setting the body and mind’s expectation, and enabling you to have a better and deeper sleep when you hit the sack later on.

how to get a better sleep - my bed

Your sleep space

Your bedroom, if you think about it, is where you spend most of your time. It needs to be conducive to a restful atmosphere. This means things put away properly, bedside areas which have just the essentials on there, a wall colour that is peaceful and cosy and a bed that is big enough for you to stretch out in.

Get a bed that is the biggest one you can fit in your bedroom. Upholstered beds are a real luxury so, if you are able then, splash out. I promise you won’t regret buying the biggest bed you can afford (and fit into your room obviously).

boutique hotel bed button & sprung

Have a look at my bedroom here if you like.

Pillows and Bedding

As well the space in your bedroom, I think to really feel blissed out when getting into bed, you need good bedding. I love Habitat and H&M for bedding and always go for 100% cotton with the highest thread count I can afford.

Little Tricks- Big Pay Off’s

  • No caffeine after 4pm. The effects of caffeine can last for hours after your last cup. So by giving myself around 6-7 hours without caffeine before my bedtime means most of the effects have worn off. I drink decaf after 4pm in case you were wondering!
  • A bath or shower before bed is always relaxing and restorative. I’ll definitely have a bath if I’m feeling anxious about something and add a few drops of lavender oil to it.
  • I try and not look at my phone in bed in the evening, but I do find it hard sometimes- eBay and Instagram are just too interesting! I’ve started switching my phone onto Nightshift so the light from it isn’t as glaring. I’ve found when I do this I actually use my phone for a shorter length of time, as I’m feeling sleepy more quickly.
  • A Blackout blind is essential any bedroom, especially in the summer months when the sunrise is so early! I also use a sleep mask occasionally too- I’m really sensitive to light!
  • Something I read on Twitter recently (please shout if it was you) that has stuck with me; On waking, don’t say to yourself, “I’m so tired”, instead of saying, “I’ve had enough sleep to be able to get through the day”. Try it and see if it makes a difference to your day. Mind over matter?


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Comments (24)

  • Candy Pop

    September 9, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Great post with some really useful tips. I love the “I’ve had enough sleep to be able to get through the day” quote.. I need to say that each morning! x

    1. Susie

      September 9, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      Thanks Natasha!! I know the feeling!

  • Lucy

    September 9, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Great pieces of advice. I don’t drink caffeine at all for this very reason (although does chocolate count?!)… Lovely photos. Very calming X

    1. Susie

      September 9, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      Haha- I think chocolate does have caffeine in but not as much??

  • Latoya

    September 9, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Love this post, I’ve been battling with sleep and started using a sleep tracker to help. I agree that Instagram can be a nightmare for switching off at night. Will try the tips that you mentioned.

  • Lazy DaisyJjones

    September 9, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Some superb tips for the light sleeper too, must remember no caffeine after 4pm! How about wine does that count? Liking the sound of your Sealy pillows , we need new ones so I will check them out thanks xx

    1. Susie

      September 10, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Hhhmmm Wine!! Not sure- think it might end up waking you despite perhaps actually getting to sleep easier!! Yes- do check out the pillows!!!

  • Katya Willems

    September 11, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    This is a very pertinent article for me! I suffer from insomnia at times and my boyfriend and I have been discussing that big beds would make a huge difference. We’ve just got to get ourselves off our backsides and do the research and buy one! Love the nightshift setting on iphone tip too – I’d never heard of it and have now scheduled it!

    1. Susie

      September 11, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      Oh Katya- yes get yourselves sorted with a bigger bed, hope the tips help a little xx

  • Perdita

    September 12, 2016 at 11:57 am

    I often haven’t had enough and once crashed my car because of ‘mind over matter’!! That was when I had a teething baby and work though.

    My tip would be not to assume you need pitch dark to sleep – for a lot of people this can be unnerving, and an eye mask plus perhaps a child’s night light helps immensely. For several years I didn’t realise my ‘make it dark’ habit was inhibiting my sleep!

    1. Susie

      September 12, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Wow, just shows how personal getting a good sleep is!

  • karen

    September 12, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    GREAT tips. I’ve suffered with insomnia on and off for years and sometimes it can be as easy as some fresh new sheets to make you feel relaxed enough to drift off.
    I do find that I sleep better after becoming a mum though, but can’t think why haha!



    1. Susie

      September 12, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      Oh I hear ya!! Thanks for stopping by Karen!

  • Julia Mallard

    September 12, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Good advice about aiming to be in bed by 10pm. I’m such a night owl so if I’m not strict with that I’m often still awake at midnight! I love the headboard too, very decadent.

    1. Susie

      September 13, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks Julia! I think sometimes if you are working through an idea then it pays to stay up and sort it out, you’d only be lying awake thinking about it anyway!

  • karen jones

    September 12, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Great tips and absolutely adore the colour of your headboard its divine. I’m with you on the one pillow to sleep, my hubby is like the princess and the pea, piled up pillows and still thrashing about !

    1. Susie

      September 13, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      Men eh! My dad is like it too

  • Rachel

    September 12, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Really useful tips and definitely worth taking note of these. It’s amazing what a difference a good night of restful sleep can make.

  • Cate

    September 13, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Some great tips, I try to do several, like the no caffeine and a calming bath. I do need to checking my phone so much before I go to sleep though!

  • Kate

    September 13, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Ahh, I totally know what you mean about a ‘sleep window’ Sus, although mine is more a ‘wake up’ window as I often wake earlier than I intend too and struggle to get back to sleep. I need to just accept its time to get up really, I’ve had enough sleep no matter how warm and snuggly my bed is!

    1. Susie

      September 13, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      Oh no! I hate it when that happens, but more time for a dozy morning coffee in bed!

  • Stacey Sheppard

    September 15, 2016 at 12:33 am

    I dream of a good night’s sleep. Sadly no matter how many of these fabulous tips I try to follow, my baby simply won’t let me sleep through the night. One day though. I like the look of that upholstered headboard too.

  • claudia wright

    September 26, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    I really need to stop using my phone before bed, but I just HAVE to scroll through the Daily Mail before I put it away!!!

    Claudia xx

  • Madison

    October 11, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    great tips! Some things that I do and help me sleep better is no food or drink 2h before falling asleep. And of course, exercise during the day makes your body just as tires as your mind, so you fall asleep quicker.

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