Top five: Tips for a good night's sleep

Here are five tips to help you get a good night's rest. Photo / Thinkstock
Here are five tips to help you get a good night's rest. Photo / Thinkstock

1. Follow your nose - Essential oils such as lavender, jasmine or camomile (or thyme if you snore) can be used in a hot bath with Epsom salts, by rubbing them on your feet or palms before bed, or putting a few drops on your pillow.

2. Breathe deeply - to unwind before bed. Relaxation and positive visualisation techniques will help restore focus after a busy day.

3. Watch your diet - and limit caffeine intake after 4pm. Don't eat too late in the day.

4. Get comfy - Your surroundings should be comfortable in bed with fresh air, clean sheets and dim lighting.

5. Make the transition - Listen to relaxing music, or take a slow walk outside to look at the stars for perspective on any niggling worries.

- Herald on Sunday

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