5 Sleep Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making


photo: Eat. Sleep. Wear


In this modern world, sleep is something we all constantly talk about. If I’m in a group of five people, four of them will have some kind of sleep issue. Sleeping too much, waking up late, sleeping too lightly, the list goes on.

And for some reason, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to get the perfect night’s sleep. Think about it. If you don’t get a good night’s sleep, you think you’re going to have a horrible day. But there are some mistakes you’re probably making that you don’t know about, here are a few of the most common ones.

1. Not establishing a routine 
Going to bed at different times of the night with no routine and structure means that your body isn’t prepared.

Nicola Elliot, the founder of Neom Organics, says “I absolutely believe that a great day starts 8 hours before with a great night’s sleep! A routine is key…I banish electricals after 9, light a Neom Tranquility candle in my bedroom (filling the air with scent) and have a warm bath filled with Tranquility oil. I read a book for 20 minutes, take 2 magnesium capsules and spritz my pillow.” Neom have even started celebrating ‘Sleeptember’. To encourage people to try to get a good night’s sleep and have created bundles like the 3 Step Sleep Programme. Which consists of lighting a candle, having a bath and spritzing your pillow. Dreamy.

2. Catching up on sleep 
We all believe in sleep debt, and get naps when we can to fill it if we’ve missed out on any hours. But most people only need 2 to 3 nights of uninterrupted sleep to overcome sleep deprivation and a quick nap leaves you feeling worse. It’s better to get into REM when you sleep so you are relaxed.

3. Sleeping with pets 
I sleep with my dog in the room when I go back home, but always end up kicking her out half way through the night. She’s either moving or doing something annoying while I’m trying to sleep. Pets interrupt our sleep cycle with their movements, and we worry about them so we don’t sleep as deeply. I know that if my dog is in the room I’m sleeping lightly because I’m just waiting for her to get up and go to the door ready to be let out.

4. Hitting snooze
Hitting snooze means your sleeping is fragmented. You’re never getting back into that deep sleep cycle in those ten or twenty minutes you’ve hit snooze, so you don’t get a chance to teach your body when to go to sleep and when to wake up. Regulate your cycle by getting up at the same time every day and you won’t feel awful in the morning.

5. Drinking alcohol 
A glass of wine does help you to relax, but alcohol reduces the chances of hitting an REM cycle, so you’ll end up having a poor night’s sleep.

Try these and let us know how you get on, we hope you’re having sweet dreams soon!

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  • Hillary Flinn

    These are super helpful! I’ve never been a big nap person to begin with, since it takes me so long to fall asleep. All the more reason to establish a consistent routine!

    Hillary | http://www.flinntrospection.com

  • Jen

    I’ve always slept soundly with my cat at my feet but in the past two months she’s decided to relocate to the top of the bed–right next to my head! She just waits for me to roll over and starts crying because she assumes it’s time to play. I think I need to just kick her out. Ugh!


  • Elishia

    Oh no! I am a sucker for nearly all of these, but if my apartment allowed pets I’d be hitting a full house! Something has got to change…


  • Ariadna Morell

    I try to avoid using my phone before going to bed but I find it so hard sometimes hahah I never snooze my alarm and avoid drinking alcohol. I can really feel it when I’ve been out for cocktail, even if I still get 8 hours of sleep I am so tired the following day! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  • Camille Beygui

    I’m pretty much doing all these mistakes ! I really need to get my sleeping schedule back on track

  • Fann Ong

    Now i know why i’m sleep deprive….. I’m guilty of 1,2 and 4…..

    Jiayoufann | http://jiayoufann.blogspot.sg

  • Augustin Ra

    Thank you for these tips. I do some of the mistakes here especially hitting the snooze button and panic by the time I wake up. Lol.

    Augustin Ra | Indie Spirit

  • Michela Amp

    very helpful post :)
    Miki xx


  • Gypsy Thornton

    I’m going to disagree with #3 re pets in the bed. I always sleep MUCH better with my pets near me and I know I’m not the only one, even if it is a minority group of us. It took me until I was an adult to find this out after not being allowed to as a kid, Being a super-light sleeper this has given me better rest as a result. I think it may have something to do with not feeling the need to be on ‘guard duty’ by myself all night.

  • Agnieszka Kula-Sadowska

    Thank you, it`s very helpful post. I knew that establishing a routine helps my children sleep well, but why I never got my routine?? I also hit the snooze button…. my mornings are…wrrr. It`s time to make changes.

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