If you know you need to be tucked up in bed by 10pm, rushing around getting things done until 9.55pm won’t do your sleep habits any favours.
Try to aim for at least 30 minutes (ideally, one hour) with no television, computer, smartphones or exercise. Giving yourself a break one hour before sleep allows your mind to shift from the day and start to relax.
Develop a relaxing ritual
If you find it difficult to push the daily stress aside, try slowing down with a routine that promotes relaxation. Run a hot bubble bath or sip on a warm cup of chamomile tea while listening to some of your favourite music.
Alternatively, you could practise some deep breathing, meditation or slow stretches to prepare your body for rest. Before going to bed, make some simple plans for the next day. Jot down your worries or things you need to do so you aren’t thinking about them during the night.
Remember to lower the lights or switch the lights off completely and use only…