Taking regular me-time, at least a couple of nights a week was always going to be part of our mantra for this year, and even more so in these stressful times. We think the end of the day is a really important time to claim back for yourself. Even a fifteen minute wind down can act like a pressure valve, helping you make sense of the day and quiet your mind before bed.
For some this 'de-pressure zone' time might be a chance to read a book or listen to music or chat to a friend. For us we're heading straight to the only room in the house with a lock on the door - the bathroom. Hang your 'do not disturb' sign and run yourself a deep warm bath. Add music and soft light like a candle as needed and of course a generous helping of your favourite sleep-inducing bath oil. A bit of pamper time is always good for the soul. The soothing effect of a soak in warm water bath helps to relax muscles and the slight fall in temperature as you step out nudges your body in to sleep mode, so helps you to feel sleepy.
However you choose to spend your me-time - make sure you put time aside at the end of the day to slow down and prepare for sleep. It's the single biggest thing you can do to help yourself sleep better. And who doesn't want that?