By Selina Maycock published
TikTok sleep hacks might just help you get that extra beauty sleep your body has been longing for.
When it comes to switching off before bed, after changing out of our best comfy loungewear and into our pajamas, our mobile phone tends to be the last thing we put down.
We all know the benefits of sleep, but falling into dreamland isn't just as easy as counting sheep.
Now there's some good advice coming through on the social media trending platform TikTok, which is the perfect reason to hang on to your phone for an extra five minutes as it could be the difference between a solid eight hours and ordering that double expresso the morning after.
Only *sleep in your bedroom
Banish any other activity from your bedroom - only sleep (*and sex) is allowed. So that means, get rid of the electronic gadgets - TV, Amazon Alexa, DAB radio, laptop and make your bedroom a zen haven.
Any excuse needed to fill your room with pillows, blankets, and soft fairy lights. One TikTok user opens the window and cranks up her electric blanket for extra toastiness. The perfect balance of cool air and a warm bed.
Cozy sleep hack #sleep #fall #nights #bestsleepever #sleephacks #howto #GhostMode #nightnight #nite #dream #intuition #ghostbusters♬ alors on danse remix - hazellclouds
Eat the right food
This TikTok user doesn't recommend eating a huge meal before bed nor sleeping on an empty stomach. If you are hungry why not try foods that are high in melatonin - in other words, help you sleep - like making a snack of cherries, kiwi, banana, oatmeal and honey.
for a part 2 comment part 2🤣 #goodnight #sleeping #sleep_hacks #sleepy #foosdie #sweetdreams♬ Alone - Bcd - Studio
Make your room dark
Blinds are a great way to use darkness and light to your advantage. Your mind will pick up on the darkness and know it is bedtime. And if you already have blinds but they fit really poorly, this TikTok user has a hack to banish the light gaps for good.
Part 2/2 DIY Blockout curtains in my bedroom rental #bedroommakeoverchallenge #bedroommakeover #renovating #diy #fyp #sleeptip #sleephack #bedroomdiy♬ original sound - secretly_sleeping
Add a sleep scent
Many of us use reed diffusers to help our homes smell nice and fresh when friends come round. But not many ever think of adding a reed diffuser to a bedroom to aid sleep. At nighttime, they are a great alternative to best scented candles and the scents that promote sleep are lavender, vanilla, bergamot, frankincense, and ylang-ylang. Alternatively, a sleep mist used by the likes of Rihanna and Harry Styles is perfect for spraying on your pillow as you will breathe the scent directly, sending you to sleep quickly.
hope this helps💜 trycloudy.com #cloudy #sleephacks♬ positions - favsoundds
Rub the ridge behind your ear
If you're having trouble sleeping, TikoTok user who goes by the name of Doctor Hanson, advises: "You want to rub the spot right here. It's called the 'Animian', it means peaceful sleep and you want to cover your ear, slide your finger back until you find the little ridge right here. It's going to be tender and sore, rub in a circular motion 100-200 times and that's going to help relax your nervous system, calm things down and help you sleep easier." Watch his video below for the demo...
Can’t sleep? Try this! #insomnia #sleep #over40 #sleephack♬ original sound - Josh Hanson
TikTok user Maxandfacts has some sound advice. He said: "When you're laying in bed close your mouth and breathe through your nose for four seconds, then hold your breath for seven seconds and finally release your breath for eight seconds with a whooshing sound. If you repeat this four times you can fall asleep in as fast as one minute." Time to test it out and destress.
Mind Tricks to Fall Asleep Faster (Part 1) #sleep #lifehack #sleeptips #sleephacks #advice #learnontiktok♬ Say So (Instrumental Version) [Originally Performed by Doja Cat] - Elliot Van Coup
Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.
Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.
Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.
Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'
In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.
When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.
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