If you're one of the many million people around the world who suffers with insomnia, this sleep expert's one piece of advice could be the answer to your shut-eye woes.
Katheryn Pinkham, Sleep & Insomnia Expert and Founder of the Insomnia Clinic, shared her one surprising tip for falling asleep.
Speaking at the Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Night Peeling & Serum launch event, Katheryn said: "The best thing you can do when you can't fall asleep is to literally leave the room. Get up and go and sit in the living room. A change of scenery and disassociating yourself with the room where you can't fall asleep will work wonders. Head back into bed after five minutes or so and you'll nod off."
Who would have thought that getting OUT of bed would help you fall asleep? We'll definitely be trying this next time we can't nod off.
Here are some of the tips GLAMOUR HQ swears by for falling asleep. Zzzz....
“Do one small thing to help you get ready for the next day. Whether it’s packing your gym bag, deciding on your outfit or making your lunch, it will get rid of the ‘I feel like I’m forgetting something’ moment you usually have and send you straight to sleep instead.”
Sam McMeekin, Beauty Content Writer
“We have a phone-free bedroom rule at home, leaving them in another room overnight. Not shining a beacon of (mainly useless) information into my retina last thing at night unsurprisingly helps my brain slow down faster. For an alarm clock, a £10 number from Amazon does the trick.
My mind is annoyingly active at night, so I keep a Muji notebook on my bedside table to literally transfer thoughts, to-do’s and PROBABLY GENIUS feature ideas out of my head and on to paper. I’ll email them to myself in the morning.
If the cogs continue whirring, I use meditative breathing techniques (learnt during hypnotherapy for being scared of the dark) to switch off. Simply put, take a few deep breaths in and out, focusing on the sound and movement of them. Regulate your breath but continue to listen to it (even if you’ve got some sort of congested buffalo snoring next to you – focus!). This sends me straight off to the land of nod.
It’s not all meditation and mindful bollocks though, I also keep a hefty load of ThisWorks Sleep products to hand. That stuff is sleep-inducing pixie dust.”
Jennifer George, Acting Beauty Editor
This trick will help you get to sleep much quicker
“Valerian Tea by Dr Stuart stinks, but is quite effective. I also use lavender eye pillows (that are actually really easy to make if you have a sewing machine) – they’re heavy enough that by sitting on your eyes they catch a pressure point that supposedly activates your para-sympathetic nervous system that encourages rest and digestion. I lie with the pillow over my eyes for 15 minutes before I sleep.
Some foods can help promote sleep too. Eggs, pumpkin seeds, spinach, and turkey all contain tryptophan which encourages production of melatonin, the ‘sleep hormone’.”
Grace Barnes, Operations Manager (and qualified Nutritional Therapist, hence the sciency stuff)
“Active, acrobatic sex when I can get it, and night-time meditation-focused yoga video on YouTube when I can’t. I follow either with a hot shower and a quick read with a Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay candle.
I set my alarm parameter with the Sleep Cycle app. It helps me to feel calm and in control knowing that smart technology will work out the best time to wake me up.”
Jen Garside, Engagement Executive
“I swear by ThisWorks’ lavender sleep spray and Deep Sleep Super Blend oil. I use them to make the room smell heavenly and then read for a while before falling asleep. My other cheater sleep trick is an over-the-counter supplement that helps you get to sleep and stay asleep. Unfortunately, it isn’t available in the U.K. though so I always make sure to bring some back from visiting family in Canada.
“The only thing that can put my mind at ease after a stressful day is putting a face mask on and doing 10 minutes of guided mindfulness (with a lil’ help from Headspace when I really can't get my zen on) while the mask sets in. Then I rinse it off, set Sleep Cycle to wake me up at a reasonable time and sleep like a baby.”
Carolina Nicolao, Junior Social Editor
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