Calm.com is an absolutely fantastic website which I've been using for a while now. It allows you to sit calmly and meditate for different lengths of time and quite simply, enjoy a collective moment to yourself. I choose a 'guided' calm for 5 minutes before bed, which really helps clear your mind and mentally prepare you for a good nights sleep.
2. Switch Off
When we watch TV in bed, we invariably wake up during the night. Unfortunately, this then begins a cycle which reinforces a poor sleep. Therefore, to avoid this conditioning it is really important to go to sleep iPhone-free, tv-free and laptop-free. Researchers have now discovered that we have a 'sleep gate' and that if you don't fall asleep within the first 30-40 minutes of being in bed, the chances are you won't for another hour. You may have missed the 'sleep gate': the window of time in which your body will allow you to drop off. During the night, the brain goes through these sleep cycles, which last anywhere between 90 minutes to 2 hours and at the beginning of each cycle, the 'sleep gate' opens. Therefore, if you do need some kind of distraction before bed, then focus on a good book or another calming activity, such as yoga.
3. This Works Sleep Balm
Finally, This Works Sleep Balm is the ideal finale for the perfect sleep remedy. This is something that I bought in the Space NK Sale at half price and it has really helped me fall into a deep sleep. The balm is a super relaxing blend of lavender, coconut and Monoi oils which is applied to your pressure points, helping you unwind before bed. It's really fantastic and a simple, inexpensive solution to a sleepless night. At just £6, I would really recommend giving it a go and as an added bonus, it also comes in this cute hanging decoration!