How to get a good night's sleep

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A good night's sleep is sometime's all you need to feel right again. If you're struggling to get to sleep, or stay asleep, then you may be feeling the effects on your skin, mood, concentration, and general well-being.

Here are 5 tips on how to get a good night's rest:

1) Turn off all your devices
Switching off before bedtime is crucial to getting a good night's rest. Technology provides cognitive stimulation, which is not ideal at 2am when you're struggling to sleep. The glow from electronics passes through the retina to the area of the brain that controls sleep, and delays the release of melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone. At least an hour before bedtime, turn off and tune out.

2) Have a warm bath
Run a nice warm bubble bath, light some candles, and listen to some soothing music. Allow the water to soothe your muscles and wash away you troubles. What makes this even better is clean pyjamas and clean sheets! There's no feeling like it; clean body getting into a bed with crisp clean sheets. Don't make the bath too hot, the idea is to help your body reach a temperature that's ideal for rest.

3) Make a warm drink
This is a cliche, but sometimes a warm drink (especially coupled with any of the others) can help you fall asleep. What you drink is important though, obviously avoid anything with caffeine. What works for me sometimes is a cup of Horlicks, made with milk not water; or a Hot Toddy (with Lemsip) - even though I'm not sick, these rarely fail to knock me out.

4) Listen to a Guided Meditation
Even if you're not struggling to sleep, guided meditation is fantastic. Switch everything off, set your alarm (if you need one), and get comfortable. Clear your mind and relax into the journey that will take you through a forest, along a beach, and into sleep. Meditation doesn't have to be difficult, if you're a beginner then this is the best way to start experiencing the calmness and serenity of meditation. Check out: http://www.meditainment.com 

5) Take a sleeping aid
Relying on drugs to get to sleep is never ideal, but if you're desperate then a herbal sleeping aid could be just the ticket. Trouble is, these herbal sleeping aids aren't always strong enough to tackle the sleep issues of the hardcore insomniac. One thing I have personally tried, when all the above failed, is Melatonin. By taking a dose of the sleep-inducing hormone in pill form, I was able to fall into a deep and satisfying sleep. If you need to rely on sleeping aids in order to sleep, then you should definitely go see your doctor as they're not a long-term solution.

A well rested woman is a woman at her best.