How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep: Steps For Better Sleep

A year ago, I would have never have dreamed of writing a post like this. I used to have trouble sleeping, and would spend hours tossing and turning and unable to get some sleep. However, I have since perfected my routine before bed to ensure I get a good night’s rest. I thought this post would be able to coincide with ‘National Sleep Awareness Month’. So, here are my top tips on how to get that minimum 7-hour sleep that you need!

Silentnight Beds pillow, soft toy, candle and book. Tips on how to get a better night's sleep with The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

Set the Mood

Get your brain ready for sleep. Turn off your main light, and turn on your lamp instead. When you dim the lights around the same time every night, your brain will be trained into knowing when it’s time for sleep.

Let the Scent Fill the Room

Whether you have an electric diffuser, or candle, choose a subtle and calming scent to fill your room. My newest favourite is the Lavender & Chamomile Candle* from Wax Lyrical in collaboration with Silentnight. It is a beautiful scent with floral notes. Essential oils are associated with relaxation, and helping your brain to attach a certain scent to bedtime, can help you feel drowsy in no time.

Wax Lyrical Candle and tips on how to get a better night's sleep with The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

Duvets for Days

Pick a duvet that’s appropriate for the current season you’re in. The higher the tog of your duvet, the warmer it is. It’s also very important to pick pillows that are suited to the way you sleep to help support your neck. I personally have a bed littered with different types of pillows from thick to thin ones. However, my current favourite is The Perfect Pillow*’ by Silentnight. You can combine 3 layers of pillows of different softness in 7 ways to create your perfect pillow.

Float Away on Cloud 9

To get the best night’s sleep, it’s absolutely essential that you pick a mattress that suits your sleeping style. I think people tend to forget the importance of picking a bed that is perfect for you. The best suited mattress will help to support your spine and neck while you sleep. This is so important in ensuring you give your body the love it deserves as you snooze the night away. If you want to learn more about picking the mattress that is best for you, click here.

Tips on how to get a better night's sleep with Jennifer Lam from The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

Send Yourself to Dream World

In a world where our phones are our biggest distraction, we need to learn to let it go at night time. When it hits 8pm, you should turn your phone on ‘Night Shift’ mode if it’s possible. It makes the world of difference, as smartphones tend to emit blue light. This blue light can actually confuse your brain into thinking that it is still daylight. So, making this switch can actually improve your sleep. Better still, leave your phone downstairs when you sleep, so you don’t get distracted by it. Grab that book that has been gathering dust on your shelf and flick through that rather than social media.

Fast Asleep, Wide Awake book by Dr Nerina Ramiakhan read by Jennifer Lam of The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic in blog post on tips on how to get a better night's sleep


Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. The post features some gifted products from Silentnight Beds, but this is not in collaboration with them. 


  1. April 1, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    Considering how I’m having difficulty sleeping recently, this post is perfect! Oooh! I totally forgot about aromatherapy! Eucalyptus is my fave essential scent. I need to check out The Perfect Pillow! Thanks for sharing ways of getting a better sleep!

    • April 1, 2018 / 9:50 pm

      Aww I really hope sleeping gets easier for you! Oh my gosh I’ve finally found someone else who loves Eucalyptus as well, I feel like it cleanses my lungs haha! I’d definitely recommend it. Thank you so much for reading Nancy! ????

  2. April 1, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    I love Wax Lyrical candles and yours sounds amazing! I love winding down in the evening ready for bed, I’ve turned into such an old lady haha!- x

    • April 1, 2018 / 10:05 pm

      It’s my first one, but I’m definitely impressed by them! I’ll have to try some more in the future. I’m exactly the same, there’s just something refreshing about doing it haha! Thank you for reading ????x

  3. April 1, 2018 / 8:32 pm

    I struggle sleeping so much so definitely need to try out some of these tips! I do find having a lamp on instead of the light helps, and using the blue shade mode on my kindle! Great post!

    • April 1, 2018 / 10:09 pm

      Aww no, I hope some of the tips work for you! Yes the lamp instead of the main light is always the best thing that helps me get ready for bed. Thank you for reading!

  4. April 19, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    These tips are great! I’ve heard about the mobiles, but after reading your post – will definitely remove all the gadgets from my bedroom tonight! Thanks for the motivation! I also have an amazing lavender mist from Aura Cacia, which I use as a linen spray : helps me to relax and sleep better.

    Anna /

    • April 20, 2018 / 12:15 pm

      Thank you so much Anna! I hope you managed to get a better night’s sleep as a result of removing your gadgets. I’ve not heard of that brand before, but I definitely need some Lavender mist in my life! Thank you for reading!

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