Share your top tips for getting a good night's sleep with the Boots Feel Good Forum - £250 cash to be won

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 03-Jun-13 10:16:04

Now that the Boots Feel Good Forum series is over, we've packaged up what we think are the best bits - so you can listen to them in easy, short, bite size chunks.

The latest one of these is about how to get a good night's sleep. It's less than 1 min long so please do have a listen to sleep expert Professor Colin Espie's top tips.

~ Do you have any advice of your own to share on how to sleep well?
~ What do you make of Professor Colin's tips?

Everyone who listens and adds their own tips or feedback will be entered into a prize draw to win £250 cash.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw

HannahLI Mon 17-Jun-13 15:03:21

I liked his tips they felt very natural and were all about listening to your own body. My top tip is to do with his first one "establishing a good bedtime routine". We love stories as part of our bedtime routine, recently my son has wanted more stories so we have started to do some with the light on, then when he snuggles in we turn the light off and I make up a story. I often ask my son what he wants the story to be about and it has turned the negative "turn the light off" into a really positive exciting time where he falls asleep remembering the new story.

nancerama Mon 17-Jun-13 22:07:52

Sleep "problems" are only problems if they bother YOU. Don't compare yourself or your family with other people.

DS is 2. He doesn't sleep through every night (he usually wakes once at around 3:30am and comes into my bed), or if he does sleep through, he decides 5am is morning. A so called sleep expert had me really doubting myself and my ability to parent because I hadn't dealt with this "problem". I felt dreadful about it and felt like an awful parent until it dawned on me that we are actually doing fine.

Ultimately though, he is happy and perky and although I wouldn't say no to a few extra hours in bed, we've got used to the situation and are doing fine.

malteser17 Mon 17-Jun-13 22:16:22

Before I had my son, I found about an hour of reading, doing logic puzzles, listening to music, having a bath, or yes, having sex before I tried to go to sleep really helped i.e. nothing that involved a screen. I have in the past played so much candy crush saga before bed that as soon as I closed my eyes I would see candies!

These days I'm lucky if I can get three hours sleep before my 3 month old son wakes up, and I seem to be at that permanent level of tiredness where I can fall asleep sitting upright feeding him and wake up hours later in the same position with him asleep in my lap. I'm fairly certain it's not the best quality sleep though!

Turnipvontrapp Tue 18-Jun-13 22:30:03

Exercise helps you sleep better. Alcohol makes for a rubbish sleep.

I've only ever had 2 nights where I couldn't sleep all night and it turned my lovely bed into a place of torture!

DrDolittle Tue 18-Jun-13 23:38:32

Vodka wink

DrDolittle Tue 18-Jun-13 23:39:15

And some nookie

smokinaces Wed 19-Jun-13 06:21:30

Oh yes drdolittle an orgasm is very good for sending one to sleep!!

sleepywombat Wed 19-Jun-13 06:29:19

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

OrangeMochaFrappucino Wed 19-Jun-13 09:10:14

Reading is the only way I can get to sleep - I fixate on petty/minor worries and the only way to shut that off is to read a comforting well-loved book.

utopian99 Wed 19-Jun-13 10:04:53

When I was small and put to bed awake I used to 'imagine' stories to myself to get to sleep; making you worlds where I could fly or grant wishes or breathe underwater - it actually still works for me, but whether I can teach it to our DS (6 months old!) remains to be seen...

wibblyjelly Fri 21-Jun-13 21:05:35

I always lie there, and remember exactly what I did all day. Normally asleep before I get to the end of the day

GenericDietCola Sat 22-Jun-13 09:11:54

When I'm struggling to get to sleep, I imagine I'm in a huge bed. it's soft, with loads of pillows and a huge duvet. For some reason, the linen needs to be white. I imagine I'm sinking into my big, soft, white bed, all alone, with no children to listen out for!

kslatts Sun 23-Jun-13 08:53:13

Ensure your bedroom is a relaxing place, clutter free and quiet.

CatsInCustard Mon 01-Jul-13 15:58:07

The things I find that help me to sleep are:
-having a routine around bedtime
-not eating or drinking an hour before hand
-having a hot bath or half an hour just relaxing in bed
-planning the next day so my mind is not all over the place
-no screens or distractions near the bed
If after an hour if I still can't sleep then I do some reading before trying to sleep again

OPeaches Fri 05-Jul-13 22:36:01

It takes me anything from 20 minutes to 2 hours to fall askerp. I listen to yoga/medication type music - just non-descript soothing music - and find that helps. I concentrate on slow deep breathing as I listen. I've cut the timer for the music from 40 minutes down to 25 and am rarely aware of it stopping now, so it must be working.

Am so envious of people who shut their eyes and are happily snoring two minutes later. (I'm looking at you, DH)

Elainey1609 Mon 08-Jul-13 16:21:15

A little bit of music in the back ground.
No tv or computer in room
No big meals before bed time
Make sure I go to the loo
I use chill fm on the snooze button
a little lavender pillow spray
regular bed time and possibly a bubble bath

littlecabbage83 Tue 09-Jul-13 19:44:02

I can only sleep well on a firm mattress, so I'd always suggest trying out different mattress types before buying one to get the perfect one for you. smile

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 06-Aug-13 14:33:09

Congratulations Elainey1609, you've won the prize draw! We'll be in touch shortly grin

petalsandstars Fri 23-Aug-13 13:20:35

Quiet gentle music playing in the background as you go to bed helps to stop lots of thoughts running round your head as you can concentrate on the music rather than getting stressed about other things.

BadlyWrittenPoem Tue 22-Oct-13 21:12:35

Sleep happening rather than being something you do is a useful thing to know/remember.

I found the hypnobirthing tracks I listened to when pregnant sent me to sleep almost every time so I think sleep soundtracks are a good idea.

lisarose001 Fri 10-Jan-14 09:08:13

For good night sleep. You need to do exercise regularly, healthy eating also matter.

ScrambledEggAndToast Sun 08-Jun-14 10:32:54

I try not to use any electronic devices for about 1 hour before bed and usually read a book instead or spend time having a chat to DP. I make sure the room is really dark, we have black out blinds, and it is the right temperature. Luckily we live in a quiet area so not much noise but i still keep the windows shut to block out any noise. I try and go to bed at roughly the same time every night to keep to a routine.

Chicinwellies Sun 11-Oct-15 22:52:23

After many many years of struggling this worked for me....
1) stay hydrated during the day. Try to drink up to 2L of water each day.
2) take chelated magnesium supplements
3) Set your alarm - this really works X

mumof2xox Tue 03-May-16 13:31:53

I find having a routine is the best way to have a good night sleep: a lovely hot bubble bath, dim lights, (no screens e.g phones, tablets, television) and maybe doing a crossword or reading a few chapters of a good book. Then I can get my head down feeling relaxed and ready for a good nights sleep smile

xcxcsophiexcxc Tue 01-Nov-16 21:43:18

Blackout blinds and scented candles / lavender always keeps me calm and ready for a deep sleep

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