Primark Polka Dot matching Pjama set
 (Polka Dot Pajamas: Primark, Sleep Eye Mask: *Anatomicals, Dog Mug: Sainsburys
 
Quick little disclaimer: In an ideal fantasy world I'd look this Disney before bed, but lets be real
I sleep bare faced and usually in whatever comfy gear I can find (mostly my fiancees tracksuit bottoms) but c'mon now no-one wants to see that.. 

Here's the scenario.
It's gone way past mid-night, you've spent the last hour or so staring at a plastered ceiling, you know you have to wake up in a few hours but your mind just doesn't want to switch off.  
You start to re-live the days situations and before you realize it you've suddenly blown conversations or events way out of proportion. You start to make up future conversations with people and almost 'predict the outcomes'. 

The thought of even falling asleep and having to wake up again starts to feel your head with dread, anxiety strikes. 
Those conversation's you made up start to become so vivid that your almost adamant that they're about to happen, those negative scenarios you've conjured up In your head almost start to feel real. 

Regardless of the confidence we may or may not portray, all of us from time to time experience these night-times woes. All though sadly no magic wand exists (I'm working on it) to swipe away our fears there are ways that can help ease the midnight blues. 


Primark Polka Dot matching Pjama set

No Mobiles Allowed 

I'm aware its 2015, therefor mobile phones are practically integrated with human anatomy. We're so attached to our mobile phones that we're even starting to develop conditions from holding them for too long (See. Text Claw). But do we really need to be up until late clutching them and swiping through instagram?

Surely someones neatly arranged granola and cactus plants can wait. 

Swap your mobile phones morning alarm for an old school alarm clock. Leave your phone out of reach, set it to night time mode so it cannot disturb you with it's incessant night-time illumination.

You cannot switch off by staring at your screen, not only is it proven to keep you awake with its white light but it's going to create further stimulation that wont help you to settle. 

Plan Ahead

Anxious about the next day? Then why not plan something fun to do when you get home. 
It doesn't have to be anything grand or costly, planning something nice for yourself gives you something to look forward to and distracts you from your worries. 

Personally when i'm anxious for the next day i plan a treat for myself like having a big bubble bath and a netflix marathon. I'ts nothing major and i know that's not what everyone would find exciting but i always find that's enough for me to get through the challenges of the next day. 

The thought that i can return home after a stressful day to a comforting bath (with extra bath bombs) and then wind down with my favorite box-set - currently LOVING the walking dead - really helps get me through the day. 

Beat Night Time anxiety

Get A Notebook.

I have this incredibly frustrating problem of always feeling my most motivated and inspired late at night. For all intents and purposes it's great, i love feeling like I've thought up something amazing. But being completely wired at 3am isn't great for my sleeping pattern and it means that i wake up late therefor i never end up getting anything done. 

So i got myself a notebook. Whenever i feel like i have an idea or even just something that i must remember in the morning, i quickly jot it down. Therefor it wont be playing on my mind throughout the night and forbidding me from sleeping in fear that I'll forget it. 

Get Up Earlier

For night owls like myself this sounds like a death threat more then helpful advice. But limiting your sleep to just the hours you need makes you feel a lot more accomplished and happier with yourself. Wake up and do something productive, clean the house, go for a run or just finally send those emails. 
Not only will those tasks be ticked off your 'to-do list' but you'll also sleep better for it, you wont stress over them that night and the earlier mornings will have a knock on effect and make you fall asleep sooner. 

Pillow sprays for sleep

Alternative Methods 

A bath before bed. Now if you didn't work it out from my previous bath statement, I'm kind of obsessed with having a bath. 
I'm a firm believer in a the wonders of the porcelain tub. Feeling poorly? have a bath. Stressed out? Have a bath
Granted lugging a 25kg bathtub around isn't ideal so make sure you have one just before bed to help chill you out, throw in some aromatic bath crystals like 'This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak' to help get you in the mood for sleep.  

Try a pillow spray. There are tonnes available all with a lavender base which is meant to help you drift off. I've been using '*Sleep Easy Pillow Mist - Blended Therapies' which infuses your pillows with a light aromatic smell which helps to calm you. I wasn't sold at first and thought it was a load of tosh, but i happily ate my words - it really did help to relax me and made my pillows smell nice *always a bonus* 

Ditch The Caffeine 

I't might sound obvious, but caffeine and sleep don't mix. 
Instead of sipping on your usually tea or coffee before bed swap it for something herbal. Try '*Dr Stuarts Valerian Tea' for an alternative pre-sleep drink. The Valerian root enfused in the tea is a known herbal agent in providing a peaceful nights sleep. 

Herbel teas not for you? Then how about going for a classic? Try some Ovaltine I'm aware even by suggesting this I'm showing just how much of a party animal i am.. but i promise you, the malty drink always helps me to drift off.

This post is in collaboration with Time 4 Sleep, but as always all the content and opinions are my own. For more tips and tricks for helping relieve night-time anxiety check out their site. #BeatTheFear
Charlotte x
Primark Polka Dot matching Pjama set
 (Polka Dot Pajamas: Primark, Sleep Eye Mask: *Anatomicals, Dog Mug: Sainsburys
 
Quick little disclaimer: In an ideal fantasy world I'd look this Disney before bed, but lets be real
I sleep bare faced and usually in whatever comfy gear I can find (mostly my fiancees tracksuit bottoms) but c'mon now no-one wants to see that.. 

Here's the scenario.
It's gone way past mid-night, you've spent the last hour or so staring at a plastered ceiling, you know you have to wake up in a few hours but your mind just doesn't want to switch off.  
You start to re-live the days situations and before you realize it you've suddenly blown conversations or events way out of proportion. You start to make up future conversations with people and almost 'predict the outcomes'. 

The thought of even falling asleep and having to wake up again starts to feel your head with dread, anxiety strikes. 
Those conversation's you made up start to become so vivid that your almost adamant that they're about to happen, those negative scenarios you've conjured up In your head almost start to feel real. 

Regardless of the confidence we may or may not portray, all of us from time to time experience these night-times woes. All though sadly no magic wand exists (I'm working on it) to swipe away our fears there are ways that can help ease the midnight blues. 


Primark Polka Dot matching Pjama set

No Mobiles Allowed 

I'm aware its 2015, therefor mobile phones are practically integrated with human anatomy. We're so attached to our mobile phones that we're even starting to develop conditions from holding them for too long (See. Text Claw). But do we really need to be up until late clutching them and swiping through instagram?

Surely someones neatly arranged granola and cactus plants can wait. 

Swap your mobile phones morning alarm for an old school alarm clock. Leave your phone out of reach, set it to night time mode so it cannot disturb you with it's incessant night-time illumination.

You cannot switch off by staring at your screen, not only is it proven to keep you awake with its white light but it's going to create further stimulation that wont help you to settle. 

Plan Ahead

Anxious about the next day? Then why not plan something fun to do when you get home. 
It doesn't have to be anything grand or costly, planning something nice for yourself gives you something to look forward to and distracts you from your worries. 

Personally when i'm anxious for the next day i plan a treat for myself like having a big bubble bath and a netflix marathon. I'ts nothing major and i know that's not what everyone would find exciting but i always find that's enough for me to get through the challenges of the next day. 

The thought that i can return home after a stressful day to a comforting bath (with extra bath bombs) and then wind down with my favorite box-set - currently LOVING the walking dead - really helps get me through the day. 

Beat Night Time anxiety

Get A Notebook.

I have this incredibly frustrating problem of always feeling my most motivated and inspired late at night. For all intents and purposes it's great, i love feeling like I've thought up something amazing. But being completely wired at 3am isn't great for my sleeping pattern and it means that i wake up late therefor i never end up getting anything done. 

So i got myself a notebook. Whenever i feel like i have an idea or even just something that i must remember in the morning, i quickly jot it down. Therefor it wont be playing on my mind throughout the night and forbidding me from sleeping in fear that I'll forget it. 

Get Up Earlier

For night owls like myself this sounds like a death threat more then helpful advice. But limiting your sleep to just the hours you need makes you feel a lot more accomplished and happier with yourself. Wake up and do something productive, clean the house, go for a run or just finally send those emails. 
Not only will those tasks be ticked off your 'to-do list' but you'll also sleep better for it, you wont stress over them that night and the earlier mornings will have a knock on effect and make you fall asleep sooner. 

Pillow sprays for sleep

Alternative Methods 

A bath before bed. Now if you didn't work it out from my previous bath statement, I'm kind of obsessed with having a bath. 
I'm a firm believer in a the wonders of the porcelain tub. Feeling poorly? have a bath. Stressed out? Have a bath
Granted lugging a 25kg bathtub around isn't ideal so make sure you have one just before bed to help chill you out, throw in some aromatic bath crystals like 'This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak' to help get you in the mood for sleep.  

Try a pillow spray. There are tonnes available all with a lavender base which is meant to help you drift off. I've been using '*Sleep Easy Pillow Mist - Blended Therapies' which infuses your pillows with a light aromatic smell which helps to calm you. I wasn't sold at first and thought it was a load of tosh, but i happily ate my words - it really did help to relax me and made my pillows smell nice *always a bonus* 

Ditch The Caffeine 

I't might sound obvious, but caffeine and sleep don't mix. 
Instead of sipping on your usually tea or coffee before bed swap it for something herbal. Try '*Dr Stuarts Valerian Tea' for an alternative pre-sleep drink. The Valerian root enfused in the tea is a known herbal agent in providing a peaceful nights sleep. 

Herbel teas not for you? Then how about going for a classic? Try some Ovaltine I'm aware even by suggesting this I'm showing just how much of a party animal i am.. but i promise you, the malty drink always helps me to drift off.

This post is in collaboration with Time 4 Sleep, but as always all the content and opinions are my own. For more tips and tricks for helping relieve night-time anxiety check out their site. #BeatTheFear
Charlotte x

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