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05 June 2016

Building better sleep habits

My sleep routine has been a huge mess this year and I've been really struggling to fall asleep. Some days I would sleep like 4 hours, the next I would sleep 12. One day I would get up at 7am and the next one at 12pm. As a result, I was always tired and could never fall asleep or wake up when I had to, so I figured I had to make some changes in my routine in order to build better sleep habits. 

If you, like me, struggle with sleep issues, here are some tips that worked for me, and will hopefully help you too. 

1. Avoid your bed during the day

A doctor once told a friend of mine that your bed should only be used for sleeping and sex. Anything other than that you should do it elsewhere. And it makes a lot of sense if you think about it. If you make your body used to staying in bed and being awake, when you try to go to bed at night I will just… stay awake. Instead, let your body know that going to bed means sleeping. Yes, beds are really cozy places, but I'm sure you can find another cozy place to study, read, use your laptop...

2. Try not to take naps 

If you sleep during the day, you will most likely not be able to sleep at night. And if you don't sleep enough at night, you will probably be tired the next day and will want to take a nap too and so enter a vicious cycle. So instead, try not to take naps and stay awake until night time. You will feel a lot more energized the following day, and also fall asleep more easily.

3. Don't eat too much before bed 

Going to bed feeling full will make you feel a bit too uncomfortable to fall asleep, and will also make you sleep worse. Try to have dinner a few hours before you go to sleep, and also try not to have too much food for dinner. 

4. Read before bed 

Pau from Blossom Ikebana actually gave me this advice, and it totally worked me for me! Instead of staying on my laptop until bedtime and then trying to suddenly fall asleep, I would turn it off one hour before my bedtime, and instead sneak into bed with a book. Not only did I find the time for reading that I thought I didn't have, but I also found falling sleep a lot easier. 

5. Always go to bed at the same time 

Well, almost always, of course. You can stay up until later on special occasions. But try to go to bed at the same time on regular days. Even when you don't have to get up early the next day. If you don't have anything special planned - and Netflix is not special - stick to a bedtime. 

6. Use a sleep mask

My eyes are a lot more rested when I use a sleep mask at night. Protect them from the night and keep them from opening and looking around your room for distracting objects. 

7. Get up at the same time (approximately)

Just like tip number 5, time to always get up at the same time. Approximately, of course. If you have to get up at 6 or 7 am to go to class or work, it doesn't mean you should do that too on the weekends! But if you get up at noon on a Sunday, you will find it quite hard to fall asleep early that night, and will be tired on Monday. Instead, try to set up an alarm for the days you don't necessarily need to get up early in order to avoid getting up too late. For example, I have to get up at 7am to go to class, and have an alarm set up at 9am (sometimes I change it to 9:30 or even 10am though) for the days I don't have to go to class.

Question of the Day

Do you have any problems falling asleep? Do you have any tips for building better sleep habits?

29 May 2016

Central Perks

Before any of you tell me it's Central Perk, with no s, let me tell you I'm actually writing about Central Perks, a cafe in Toledo (Spain) that recreates Friends cafe Central Perk. I don't think anyone will be surprised if I say I love the show Friends. In fact, I think it's the best TV show ever made. So when I found out there was a cafe like this in Spain, I knew I had to go! And I finally did!

08 May 2016

Make the most of your library days

Exam season is about to start... again and with it come the long days at the library. Last year I became an expert on this, so I thought I should share some of the things I learnt.

01 May 2016

DIY Paper Butterflies

I'm obsessed with making my room look pretty. I'm always looking for new DIY decorations that I could add to it. Even though this is exclusively a decoration, I do think it looks great as one. These paper butterflies are so easy to make, and you need to little, and don't they look cute as Spring wall decor?

20 April 2016

Boomf Review

My Dad turned 50 this year so when I saw Boomf in my twitter one day, I thought it would be a great idea to get some boxes for him. And you know I don't usually post reviews, but I honestly thought this was such an unique idea and I wanted to share it with you!

17 April 2016

5 litte ways to cheer yourself up | by Georgia Nicolaou

Today's post is a Guest Post written by Georgia, from Georgia Nicolaou Blog. I think we both have very similar blogging styles, so when we started talking about her doing a possible guest post for my blog, I knew it was going to go great and let me tell you, I love her post! And I'm sure you will too! This has been in my list of posts ideas for a while so it's definitely something you would see on my blog. So I'm going to stop writing now and let you enjoy this lovely post that Georgia wrote for you 

13 April 2016

Payday wishlist

After applying and applying for internships this year, I finally got one (woop! woop!). I haven't even started working yet and I'm already thinking of all the things I want to buy when I get paid. I've been dreaming of owning these things for a while now and I just cannot wait any longer. I can almost feel them now.