Make a to-do list
If you’re lying awake at night stressing out about everything you have to do in the morning, you’re likely not getting enough sleep. You can get a head start on your busy day by writing down and prioritising all of the tasks that will require your attention in the morning. You’ll have an action plan before you get into bed, and that will help you feel more in control so you can relax.
Try DIY acupressure
Acupressure is one of the most effective relaxation techniques. By stimulating certain pressure points in your body you can make yourself feel sleepy, according to sleep expert, Dr Chris Idzikowski. “Put your thumb on the point between your eyebrows at the top of your nose, where there’s a slight indent. Hold for 20 seconds, release briefly and repeat twice more. Next, sit on the edge of the bed and put your right foot across your left knee. Find the slight indent between your big toe and second toe and press in the same way. Finally, still supporting your right foot, find the point just below the nail on the upper side of your second toe. Using the thumb and forefinger of your right hand, gently squeeze the toe.”
Sip some cherry juice
According to research published in the European Journal of Nutrition, study participants who drank two daily glasses of tart cherry juice rested an average of 39 minutes longer than those who did not drink the juice, and also woke fewer times during the night. According to the researchers, the sleep benefits were the result of the high melatonin concentration found in Montmorency cherries.