29 May 2017 31 comments

How To Sleep Better And Feel Better.

I am probably part sloth, I just loooove sleeping! Sometimes (more so in winter, if that makes it any better), I actually get excited about winding down and getting a solid eight hours… oh, it’s just bliss! Insert grandma emoji.

I went through a stage in my teens where I just didn’t sleep, I was an anxious child and I worried aaaall through the night. I used to get stressed out because I couldn’t sleep, which would only make me feel more awake! Ugh.
So I’ve really had to work at this whole sleeping thing, but now I’d say I often get a good 7 or 8 hours a night, and I’m always up bright and early raring to go in the mornings too.

I’ve put together some tips on sleeping well, feeling rested and just generally being a morning person. Even on weekends, I love waking early and embracing the best part of the day!

A Digital Ban
Yup, sorry – I really, truly believe your bedroom should be a TV-free zone! I never watch anything in bed, I think it interrupts my routine and I prefer to get cosy in the living room when I’m watching a film anyway.
I do usually have a scroll through my phone before I sleep, but I have the Night Shift mode activated on my iPhone and I think it makes a difference. I’m getting better at leaving my phone alone though, so that’s something. These days I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow, so there’s not much time for anything else!
I also really, really recommend putting the ‘Do Not Disturb’ setting on overnight, you’ll be surprised at how rested you feel come morning without your phone buzzing through the night.

The Brain Dump
If you’re a bit of a worrier like me, you’ll probably be used to lying awake thinking about all the things you’ve got to do in the mornings, making mental reminders. I work for myself and I still get Sunday night anxiety!
I keep a notebook on the side of my bed for evening brain dumps – I seem to remember all the last minute tasks as soon as I shut my eyes, so instead of getting up and getting them done, I write everything down in my notebook. That way I can focus on getting a good kip, but know I’ll tick off the tasks in the morning!

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Drift Off To A Podcast
Jordan always, always listens to podcasts at night – he once told me it took him two months to listen to a full Karl Pilkington podcast because he would just fall asleep so quickly.
They relax you so much, and then you get in to the routine of sleeping at a good time so you don’t really need them after a while.
Sometimes if I really can’t get to sleep, I’ll get a sleep hypnosis track up on YouTube and I’m in a delicious slumber almost instantly! They’re the secret to sleeping at any time.

Get Yourself Some Sleep Aids
There’s a few things I have on hand to ensure I get a good nights sleep; I wear an eye mask overnight during the summer months because it doesn’t really get dark here, and I adore the This Works Deep Sleep mists because I find the scent so soothing!
A good pair of comfy PJs, a cold room and The White Company bedding are basically the dream sitch for me!
Make your bed extra soft and cosy and you’ll never hate bedtime ever again.

Find Your Routine
I’m saving the best ’til (almost) last here, because it’s all about your evening routine! There’s the simple things you can do – not eating late, getting organised for the following morning and cutting down on caffeine after around 2pm all really helped me. I used to have such weird, dreamy sleeps that just felt like I wasn’t sleeping at all. Changing my evening tea to decaf soon fixed this!
Winding down in the evenings is also a must; I start taking my makeup off after dinner, then I get in my PJs and get cosy on the sofa with some terrible tv. I’ll light a candle and make sure I feel chill af.
Get yourself a little evening relaxin’ session in place and you’ll be on your merry little way.

Waking Up Feeling Fresh
I’ve pretty much always been a morning person, but I think that’s because I get a good sleep the night before!
When my alarm goes off, I get up straight away – I never ever snooze my alarm, it’s the worst thing you can do. You end up feeling so groggy for the entire day.
I find showering helps to get me feeling my best too, so I like to do this straight away if I’m not feeling great first thing.
A double espresso also helps, mind you.

Sleeping well is where it’s at! I hope you found this super helpful – what are your tips for a better sleep?

  • I haven’t had a TV in my room for a while now and I love it. I’ve never struggled to sleep but I just like the idea of being in bed just to sleep rather than lounge around x


  • Rain

    Loved reading this Kate 🙂 the podcast thing sounds great will sure try XO

  • I love the heart breaker sleep set! I also agree with the not eating past a certain point, but as an added benefit it’s great for weight control (loss/maintain).

  • I can fall asleep anytime/anywhere/all day but my boyfriend really struggles so I’ll have to recommend some of these tips! The digital ban is so true- it makes all the difference.

  • I need to agree with you about digital ban. No tv’s in the room. When I lived with my parents, I had a Tv in my room and I can really tell the difference with now having my own apartment and no TV in the bedroom. I sleep so much better. And THIS WORKS is amazing. I have a little roll on to destress nearby. But like you said – I also start thinking big at the moment I hit the pillow. What I did is I started to get to bed later. Now I go sleep around 1am and sleep like a baby 😀
    <3 Love you Kate, as always. You are the best.

  • Amy

    Thanks for the wonderful tips! I always tend to forget about ‘me time’ so will definitely be reminding myself more! X


  • having a tv in the bedroom is a no go for me and my boyfriend. we also charge our phones outside of our bedroom and i really need to have a set routine so i can wake up feeling fresh.


  • This is such a helpful post, thank you so much for sharing these tips lovely <3


  • These tips are very helpful and I will definitely try some of them! It is also very reassuring for me to see that you went through being a bad sleeper to being a good one, it gives me hope 🙂


  • Those pyjamas are adorable! I definitely agree with the digital ban before bed 🙂

    Fatima x http://www.fatimawrites.co.uk

  • Esther

    Thank you for sharing these tips. I will try to podcasts since I remember listening to fairy tales when I was a child I feel asleep immediately. The PJS are beautiful.
    Have a nice week. Love, Esther

  • hanan abdi

    These tips are just amazing..thanks for sharing 🙂 xx
    A Girl’s Journal


  • I really want to try the notebook next to bed idea! I’m always up at night because my mind is racing!

    Rachel | http://www.imperfectlyrachel.com

  • I use the ‘do not disturb’ mode on my phone at night, I agree that it’s so nice to not have your phone buzzing through the night! I also think reading a book helps me to get a good nights sleep too, I’ve been trying my best to stay off my phone before bed and read instead! Great post 🙂

    Kayleigh | http://www.anenthusiasmfor.co.uk

  • Having a routine is key for me. I always go through the same steps from skincare to reading my book in bed and it really helps settle me down

    – Natalie

  • Listening to a podcast or doing something else that’s passive and let’s you slowly drift to sleep works best for me!

  • Atalie Simpson

    2 words Kate; Lush bath. Twilight, intergalactic, and French kiss are three products that work well for me. I also love essential oils and a diffuser. I’m definitely going to try that pillow spray. Love this article!!

  • First of all, how GORGEOUS are those pj’s! Love them. The tips are very helpful, and I know I should stop watching netflix or youtube before falling sleep (which is so difficult)


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  • Thank you for sharing these great tips! But it is so difficult to stop watching youtube or netflix before bed :/ !

    N, xoxo. / https://nljuljduraj.blogspot.com

  • Ray

    For some reason I just can’t go to bed before 12 am. I think these tips will correct that for me. Thanks for sharing.


  • Loving your tips Kate – and your gorgeous pyjamas! I saw them in your vlog and fell in love with the embroidery at the back 🙂
    – Ambar x

  • Shannon Murphy

    I really love these tips! I have always been really anxious and I identify with not sleeping as a teen all too well. It’s funny how even today I can be so tired but the second I close my eyes it’s a LONG to-do list dancing through my head. I love the idea of a brain dump and I can’t wait to place a notebook in my bedside table.

  • Wonderful tips! 🙂
    Merci for sharing.

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  • Abz Kellett

    I totally agree with listening to something before bed, I cannot get to sleep without some kind of random YouTube video playing in the background! Love this post!


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  • Thank you so much for sharing all of these great tips! 🙂 As I got older, I’ve enjoyed sleeping more and more (partly because time is so precious nowadays), and I can’t ever seem to get enough! <3 And yes, the "Do Not Disturb" mode really does help!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • I take it a bit to the extreme, I need a sleeping mask and earplugs otherwise I won’t be able to fall asleep.

    Vanessa x | http://www.springlilies.com

  • I needed this post! I can’t seem to go to bed on time and I am always tired when I wake up!! I know that what really helps me is having my fav show or movie play in background!

  • Natalie Redman

    Finding a routine is definitely important. I need to get one!