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How To Get A Great Nights Sleep | An Evening Routine With Bed Guru

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The importance of sleep isn’t lost on me. From silk pillowcases to satin pyjamas, I really go all out to ensure a great 8 (plus) hours. I’ve written about some of my favourite bedding in the past but after some great discoveries and a new routine, I thought it was time for an update! In this post I’m sharing the best tips to maximise your beauty sleep (yes I do consider myself an expert).

CREATE A RELAXING BEAUTY ROUTINE

There are so many incredible benefits to a good evening skincare routine.

I recently discovered a couple of lavender oils which are perfect for evening use. After incorporating them into my skincare routine I’ve found not only that my skin loves them but that their scent does wonders to relax me. After a particularly long day, a bath is another great way to wind down and adding Himalayan salts infused with essential oils is sure to do the trick.

 

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ESTABLISH HABITS THAT WORK FOR YOU

Banning electronics an hour or so before bed is pretty well known advice but I’ll hold my hands up to not following it. We’ve all heard the mainstream sleep advice but really, the best thing to do is to listen to your own body. Establish habits that work for you. That might mean grabbing a cup of calming tea, dozing off to Attenborough’s therapeutic voice or opting to read.

As rules of thumb, caffeine and alcohol are best avoided at least a few hours before bedtime. Going to bed at a similar time is usually a good idea too, as your body will begin to predict bed time.

I avoid eating too late by brushing my teeth pretty early to avoid temptation. I also find that electronics before bed don’t affect me as long as my phone brightness is turned right down and the tv isn’t showing anything too gripping.

INVEST IN YOUR HOME

I’ve always been open about my favour for quality over quantity. A great mattress is an investment and you can pick up good quality pillows at pretty reasonable prices. If we’re honest, buying cheap usually just means much more regular replacements.

Over the past year or so I’ve upgraded every part of my bedding bit by bit and Bed Guru kindly finished up the process by upgrading my pillows for me. The only exception being a new bed frame, which we’ve put off until moving house to avoid the hassle. Better quality bedding has made such an unbelievable improvement to the quality of my sleep. Pretty much all of my sheets and duvet cover sets are designer, found at much more reasonable prices than retail at TK Maxx.

 

Evening Sleep Routine

LOOK AFTER YOURSELF

It’s no secret that stress won’t do any favours for your sleeping pattern. Whilst I appreciate that saying ‘stop overthinking’ is easier said than done, there are at least preventative steps that can be taken in order to keep late night circling thoughts at bay.

Exercising regularly and eating healthily come with a whole host of benefits and better sleep is just one of them. Think I’m lying? Next time you order a takeout, pay attention to your quality of sleep that night. Balance is fine and I’d never suggest completely cutting out takeaways because I’m a foodie. However, the high salt content usually has me waking up multiple times in the night for water.

On the subject of water, are you drinking enough? Two litres is the goal but reaching it by chugging a litre right before bed is never going to go well. Drink plenty throughout the day, no problemo.

*  This post is part of a paid collaboration with Bed Guru. All words, images and opinions are my own. Please read my full disclaimer for more information. 

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48 Comments

  • Reply Madiha | Me VS The Odds

    The way you’re hugging that pillow has me in fits 😂
    I definitely don’t follow the rule of putting electronics away an hour before bed either! If anything, I find using my phone in bed actually HELPS me sleep, rather than the opposite. We really should listen to our bodies more!

    May 16, 2019 at 5:18 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Haha well if you love something, right?! On the whole I think sleep rules work but it’s interesting to hear that you don’t follow this one either! I guess our bodies have just got used to it haha x

      May 18, 2019 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Becca

    These photos are amazing! I can never put my phone down before bed, so I always have it on night shift mode so it’s not so bright 😂 these are some great tips, I’m definitely going to make a note of them! Sleep is the best 😴

    May 16, 2019 at 5:25 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you lovely! I’m so glad you do this too haha! Thank you, I totally agree x

      May 18, 2019 at 10:04 pm
  • Reply Geraldine

    I’m in SO much need to upgrade my bedding!! I’ve had sleepless nights some days because of how uncomfortable my bed is, but that’s another story. I am notorious for carrying my phone and looking at it even as I get myself in bed! I have to look into the lavender essential oils too. Thanks for sharing Soph!

    Geraldine | https://geraldinetalks.com

    May 17, 2019 at 2:59 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Oh that’s so annoying, I absolutely love my bed. Haha I’m glad I’m not the only one with that bad habit!x

      May 18, 2019 at 10:10 pm
  • Reply Nena Hart

    Habits and having an evening routine is huge! That’s something my husband and I want to improve to get better sleep and more of it. Thanks for the great tips!

    May 17, 2019 at 11:59 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I totally agree! I’m so glad you found them helpful x

      May 18, 2019 at 10:13 pm
  • Reply Samantha

    I’m all about this post! I struggle to get off to sleep most nights and wake with a sore neck and/or a headache and achy shoulders for the day. For so long, I blamed my pillow and forked out on a Tempur pillow which cost around £100 but I had to stop using it as it was like resting my head a breeze block. I’ve since tried different pillows with no joy. My husband got so fed up with me whining about my headaches (which stem from sleeping awkwardly) that we purchased a new mattress in the hope it would help me. We’ve only had it a week and I really don’t like it! We will try it for a while longer but may end up exchanging it – luckily we can. Finding a good pillow isn’t easy!

    I’m pleased you’re liking your new ones! I agree with you about not buying cheap. I live by the saying “buy cheap, buy twice” seems to be relevant for most things in life!

    Loved the post and will definitely have a look at Sleep Guru. Sounds like something I could do with! x

    Samantha | https://thebeautyspyglass.com

    May 17, 2019 at 2:53 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you like it! Oh no, it’s such a shame that such an expensive pillow didn’t work out for you! I love that saying, it’s so true, so much easier to just invest well to begin with! x

      May 18, 2019 at 10:18 pm
  • Reply Katherine Tran

    I have been wanting to try silk pillowcases for so long! I hear it makes a big difference.

    http://myclusterofthoughts.com/

    May 18, 2019 at 2:12 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Oh my god I’d 100% recommend them, they feel great and they’re so much better for your skin and hair! x

      May 19, 2019 at 5:08 pm
  • Reply Aaliyah

    I’ve heard so many good things about using silk pillow cases and I always thought it was a gimmick but i’d really like to give them a go! I love using lavander products before bed as they are instantly relaxing. I definitely need to invest in some new pillows! Great post x

    May 19, 2019 at 9:55 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Honestly I started using one on the recommendation of Kourtney Kardashian because I was intrigued but I can barely sleep without one now- it’s just so luxurious! x

      May 19, 2019 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Annie

    Wow, great advice! Brushing your teeth early is something I do too! Otherwise I’m snacking late into the night and I can never fall asleep on a full stomach. I definitely need to spend less time on electronics before bed! Having my phone on my bedside table is probably not the best idea. Thanks for sharing!

    May 19, 2019 at 10:11 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you think so! Oh my goodness same- it’s such an effective trick isn’t it?!x

      May 19, 2019 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply Malena

    So much love for this post! I’m so bad with turning all advices off before bed but after reading this, I kind of stopped feeling guilty about it? haha.
    Also, I LOVE your photos. You’re absolutely adorable!!

    Malena x

    May 19, 2019 at 10:54 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Aw yay, thank you! I’m so glad, you absolutely shouldn’t feel guilty about it just because other people said you should if it works for you! Thanks so much! x

      May 19, 2019 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply Sophie Wentworth

    Those pillows look SO cosy. I really need to upgrade some of my bedding but it can be difficult because my bed isn’t a standard size. It’s great that you’ve found a routine that helps! I’ve struggled with insomnia pretty much forever so the thought of getting 8+ hours a night is pretty crazy to me x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    May 19, 2019 at 11:57 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      They are! I love a good pillow haha. Oh that’s a bit awkward! Oh I’m sorry- I didn’t used to get much sleep in high school but I’m definitely a queen of sleep now haha x

      May 19, 2019 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply Lindsey

    Great post! I definitely need to get into some better habits before bed because I’ve just had a week of intending to get an early night and failing, and then my quality of sleep isn’t great either. Definitely need to make some changes – and there are some great tips here to do just that!

    May 19, 2019 at 12:51 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! Oh dear, I’m so glad you found it helpful- hopefully you can introduce some into your own routine and get a better quality sleep! x

      May 19, 2019 at 9:26 pm
  • Reply Lozza

    I love these tips!

    Bedtime is definitely my favourite part of the day! I actually get so excited for it 😊
    I love that deep sleep pillow spray aswell! It smells really good.

    Love Lozza xo
    http://girlygabble.com

    May 19, 2019 at 12:56 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! Haha I feel you there! It’s honestly so relaxing isn’t it?! x

      May 19, 2019 at 9:31 pm
  • Reply Margarida Vasconcelos

    I’m restless at the moment and soooo in need of a good night sleep. Thank you so much for sharing this.

    May 19, 2019 at 1:42 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad it came at a good time for you! x

      May 19, 2019 at 9:42 pm
  • Reply Margot

    Love your bed routine.
    I love to sleep a lot haha.
    Read a bit before to go to sleep always help me to sleep good.
    xx
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com

    May 19, 2019 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply Sahara

    I’ve been slacking bit with my skincare routine – I think I haven’t used my face mask for a few weeks and my skin is really starting to miss it haha. I can imagine not being on your phone an hour before going to sleep would be beneficial, it usually takes forever for me to fall asleep if I was looking at my phone a few minutes before! I need to dive into a new book soon – I usually try to read a book 30 mins before sleeping instead of being on my phone 🙂

    Yes exercise! I love exercising a bit before sleeping – an ab workout or arm workout 30 mins though I do tend to feel more awake afterwards haha.

    May 19, 2019 at 5:02 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I find it okay as long as I keep it on low brightness and don’t do anything too stressful or exciting haha. I need to find a new book too, I love reading before bed! x

      May 19, 2019 at 9:53 pm
  • Reply Martyna

    Helpful tips! I usually can’t sleep after the weekend or before an important exam. I have to try some of your counsels.
    https://matiime.blogspot.com/

    May 19, 2019 at 6:23 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you think so! I hope you find they work for you! x

      May 19, 2019 at 9:56 pm
  • Reply Khanak Mehta

    “Invest in your home”, a 100% yes! I’ve learnt that too late (not really, I’m still 21 actually, haha) but I wish I knew that earlier. Great post!
    Khanak x
    http://www.khanakm.com

    May 19, 2019 at 6:32 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad that you agree- it’s definitely a good life lesson x

      May 23, 2019 at 6:59 pm
  • Reply Amie Cadwallader

    Since I’ve established a better routine I’m sleeping much better and it’s helping!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    May 19, 2019 at 6:37 pm
  • Reply Katie Dolan

    Oooo I’ve been debating trying silk pillows recently! I also never go to bed without scrolling on my phone for ages, it’s so bad haha.

    Katie | http://www.justkatiee.com XX

    May 19, 2019 at 8:39 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’d 100% recommend them- they’re all I use now! x

      May 23, 2019 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply Mercy

    Nice to see a post like this. I struggle getting 7-8 hours of sleep and your post is encouraging to get that precious time.

    http://www.busyandfab.com

    May 20, 2019 at 4:27 am
  • Reply Elise Tanriverdi

    These are some great tips! I need to start coming off my phone earlier. Just bad habits! X

    May 20, 2019 at 7:39 am
  • Reply Bexa

    These are all great suggestions, Soph! Getting a good night sleep can make such a positive difference to my mood and productivity the next day 🙂 I’m finding a bath with salts and lavender really does the trick, and reading a book instead of going on my phone makes me sleepy too. I love your photos, the pillow look so cosy and comfortable. Thanks for sharing your helpful tips, it’s so true that so many things can affect the quality of our sleep. Fab post! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    May 20, 2019 at 12:24 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you think so! Lavender is just the most relaxing scent isn’t it?! x

      May 23, 2019 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply Minifoxychicky

    Great tips, I have been getting into a habit of no electronics half an hour before bed and making sure to drink plenty of water during the day rather than sugary drinks. I have been bit lacking in sticking to my skincare routine though so that is something I am looking to improve upon.

    May 20, 2019 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply Eena

    So jealous that you have a bedtime/sleep routine. I need to take some pointers because all I do is brush my teeth and jump into bed xD And you’re totally right, we all need to take care of ourselves!

    cabin twenty-four

    May 20, 2019 at 9:22 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Haha I’m not going to lie, it’s usually the highlight of my day! x

      May 23, 2019 at 7:20 pm
  • Reply Jess

    The pillows look amazing! What great tips for getting more sleep.Lord knows I can always use more sleep!!

    May 21, 2019 at 8:18 am
  • Reply Chloe Chats

    I love having a good nights sleep, it’s one of the only things that get me through my working day week! I definitely need to drink more water though, and I also should probably not stay on my laptop/phone just before I go to sleep which I do sometimes.. oops! One of my favourite things is having new sheets for the bed though, especially when they are a good quality!

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

    May 22, 2019 at 12:46 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m the same! There’s nothing better than fresh sheets! x

      May 23, 2019 at 7:22 pm
  • Reply Valerie

    These tips are so helpful! I definitely agree that establishing habits and a routine is a great way to get good sleep! Thanks for sharing!

    http://roadesque.com

    May 22, 2019 at 7:29 pm
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