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Do you ever find yourself tossing and turning at night, unable to get comfortable and fall asleep? I know I certainly have. For years, I struggled with insomnia and restless nights, but then I discovered hygge, a Danish concept that emphasises cosiness, warmth, and comfort. Embracing hygge has helped me sleep better and enjoy more peaceful, restful nights.
For me, incorporating hygge into my bedtime routine has been a life-changer. Instead of scrolling through my phone or watching TV before bed, I take a warm bath, light some candles, and read a book under a soft, fluffy blanket after I've carried out a skincare routine using our own natural bars, balms and oils. I also make sure my bedroom is comfortable and inviting, with soft lighting and snug bedding. By creating this cosy environment, I am able to let go of the stresses of the day and ease into a more peaceful state of mind.
In addition to creating a cosy atmosphere, hygge also emphasises the importance of mindfulness and self-care. By taking time to focus on ourselves and our own needs, we are better able to recharge and rejuvenate, both physically and mentally. This can be as simple as taking a few deep breaths, practicing yoga or meditation, or spending time in nature.
In this blog, we'll explore some simple steps you can take to create your own hygge bedtime routine.
Create a Cosy Atmosphere
The first step to creating a hygge bedtime routine is to create a cosy atmosphere in your bedroom. This can be done by using soft lighting, comfortable bedding, and warm colours. Add some throw pillows and blankets to your bed, and consider using a diffuser with essential oils like lavender or chamomile to promote relaxation. In the warmer months, these light, cotton blankets are ideal and look great in any room.
Disconnect from Technology
Another important aspect of a hygge bedtime routine is disconnecting from technology. This means turning off your phone, tablet, and computer at least an hour before bed. The blue light emitted by screens can disrupt your circadian rhythm, making it harder to fall asleep. Instead, consider reading a book, taking a bath, or practicing some gentle yoga stretches.
Engage in Relaxing Activities
In addition to disconnecting from technology, engage in relaxing activities that help you unwind and calm your mind. This could include meditation, deep breathing exercises, or practicing gratitude by reflecting on the positive aspects of your day. You could also listen to calming music or a guided meditation to help you relax.
Drinking a warm cup of tea is another great way to promote relaxation and soothe your senses. Herbal teas like chamomile or valerian root are known for their calming properties and can help you drift off to sleep. Be sure to choose a tea without caffeine, as this can disrupt your sleep. Our favourite hand-blended tea is 'Time for Me' and it includes Tuscany rose petals and French lavender buds.
Set a Bedtime Routine
Set a bedtime routine and stick to it as much as possible. This means going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, even on weekends. A consistent sleep schedule can help regulate your body's natural sleep-wake cycle, making it easier to fall asleep and wake up feeling refreshed.
Take a Warm Shower or Bath
Taking a warm shower or bath can help you relax and unwind before bed. Use calming scents like lavender or eucalyptus, and consider adding some Epsom salt to your bathwater to soothe tired muscles.
Self-care is an important part of any bedtime routine, especially a hygge one. This could involve giving yourself a gentle massage, using a facial mask, or simply taking a few minutes to apply lotion or moisturiser to your skin. My recommended products, from our Eva Carys Natural Skincare range, that have helped with my sleeping are our Bedtime Ritual Massage Bar (works great after a warm bath/shower), Green Clay Facial Cleansing Balm and a nice foot massage with our Peppermint Foot Butter.
Write in a Gratitude Journal
Taking time to reflect on the positive aspects of your day can help you feel more content and relaxed before bed. Consider writing down a few things you're grateful for in a journal or notebook before turning off the lights. We have two styles of journal on the website from LSW Mind Cards: Twelve Week Journal for Everyday Wellbeing or the Six Month Daily Journal for Rediscovering You.
Wear Comfortable Sleepwear
Wearing comfortable sleepwear can help you feel more relaxed and cosy before bed. Opt for soft, breathable fabrics like cotton or bamboo, and avoid anything tight or constricting that could disrupt your sleep.
Practice Mindful Breathing
Finally, practicing mindful breathing can help you calm your mind and prepare for a restful night's sleep. Try taking slow, deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth, focusing on the sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves your body. You could also try a guided breathing exercise or meditation to help you relax even further.
In addition to helping me sleep better, hygge has also had a positive impact on my overall well-being. By taking time to focus on self-care and mindfulness, I'm better able to manage my stress levels and feel more grounded and centered. I've also noticed that I'm more present and engaged in my daily life, and I'm able to appreciate the simple pleasures and moments of joy that come my way.
If you're struggling with restlessness at night, I encourage you to give hygge a try. Whether it's lighting some candles, snuggling under a soft blanket, or simply taking a few deep breaths, there are plenty of ways to incorporate hygge into your routine. It may take some trial and error to find what works best for you, but the effort is well worth it. By prioritising comfort, cosiness, and self-care, you can transform your nights from restless to restful, and start waking up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.
Let me know how you get on!