5 tips for destressing before bed

We usually sink into bed intending to go straight to sleep—but sometimes, it just doesn’t work out that way.

It’s a familiar sensation—you lay in bed with thoughts speeding through your mind, refusing to slow down. You’re worried about what happened today and what could happen tomorrow. Sleep feels distant, unachievable.

Thankfully, there are steps you can take to quiet your mind and finally drift off peacefully.

Here’s our advice on how to relax before bed.

1. Connect your body and mind.

Our first tip is crucial in all aspects of life. To genuinely enjoy a deep, revitalising sleep, you’ll need to develop your mind-body connection. There are a few ways to do this—you could try meditation, a hot bath, or gentle stretching. Pay close attention to the way your body feels.

Do this for five or ten minutes each night, before bed—you’ll thank yourself the next morning!

2. Lose yourself in a good book.

Keep your favourite book by your bedside and flip through a few pages each night. Even five minutes of light reading is enough to prepare your mind for sleep.  

As a bonus, books have the power to influence your dreams. You may find yourself cast away to your favourite fantasy land every night!

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3. Incorporate exercise into your daily routine.

Exercising is essential for positive wellbeing—especially when it comes to sleep. Try walking, cycling, jogging, yoga, playing a sport, or hitting the gym each day—anything it takes to get your heart pumping.

Because exercise can increase your body temperature, it’s best not to exercise straight before bed. Give yourself three hours to relax before turning in, so your body has time to cool down.

4. Keep your space tidy.

A messy, cluttered sleeping space can subconsciously affect your sleep. I know how much better I feel sinking into soft, warm sheets fresh from the dryer, surrounded by a clean, light, airy space. It’s like sleeping on a cloud!

The easiest way to keep your bedroom clean is to declutter regularly. Make a habit of staying tidy, and you’ll reap endless benefits.

5. Avoid bright screens late at night.

Try switching off from technology at least an hour before bedtime. Blue light from smartphones and computer screens can interfere with your body’s melatonin production, making it harder for you to fall asleep.

Instead of scrolling through your phone each night, try reading or listening to music instead.