By Martina Mercer

Do you spend your nights tossing and turning then no sooner have you nodded off the alarm sounds?

Try these top tips for a better night’s sleep.

Lavender oil– Spray a little on your pillow, it’s proven to relax the mind and body and smells delicious too.

Have a warm bath before bed – Use the lavender oil again, add a few drops under warm running water, lay back and relax, listen to some soothing music and let yourself unwind. Don’t concentrate on shaving legs and plucking eyebrows, have a bath just for the relaxation alone.

Write a list – If you’ve got a full schedule of tasks running through your mind as you try to sleep write a list. Keep a pen and notepad next to your bed and every time a thought keeps you awake, write it down. You can then mentally tick it off knowing you’ll be able to attend to it in the morning.

Write a letter – Has your boss annoyed you? Is your partner being insensitive? Write them a letter telling them exactly how you feel. It will make you feel better knowing that you have got your point across even if you never post it.

Breathe deeply – After the bath, lay in bed where you can smell the lavender and breathe deeply. In through your nose and out through your mouth, count to four each time. Repeat until you feel your eyelids begin to droop.

Escape –Have you ever comforted a child that has nightmares?  Have you told them to picture white fluffy clouds and a world made of candy? You do the same. Don’t dream up scenarios where you may have won the lottery, the maths and money will only add to your stress, think of comfortable fluffy clouds for lazing on, gentle harp music playing and meadows of the sweetest smelling flowers.

Turn off all media – At least an hour before bedtime that means all phones, TVs, radios, in a world where we can check our emails from our mobile phones some people never switch off. Make sure you do, no one is going to miss whilst you sleep.

Invest in a Better Bed

We spend over a third of our lives in bed yet scrimp when it comes to choosing one. A great bed can help you look forward to bedtime while giving your joints the support they need.

Organise the Space

In the UK we seem to be living in smaller and smaller spaces due to our decreasing budgets. This means bedrooms often double as playrooms, offices or even a home gym. Toys, work and exercise equipment will stop your brain from switching off so it’s important to keep them out of view. Great bedroom storage furniture can help and it doesn’t have to cost the earth. You can use under bed storage, over bed storage or even blanket boxes and sideboards.