Getting a Goodnight’s Sleep

How to Get a Great Night’s Sleep | Style & Life by Susana

I know that when I have a really awesome good nights sleep, I’m a happier, bubblier and ever so much funnier (*cough cough*) person, I function better, and I just feel freaking fabulous.

We all know that getting a goodnight’s sleep is so important to our health, and everyday functioning.

Getting enough sleep is also the number one beauty secret… its so true!

You know when you have had a bad nights sleep, you’ve tossed and turned and/or you just can’t fall asleep because you keep thinking or stressing over something thats happening either in your personal or work life, and when you’ve finally fallen asleep that stupid alarm decides to goes off.

You get up, get dressed and then you look in the bathroom mirror and you look terrible. You look like you just went out a big bender and got dragged by the bus. Hence why sleep is most definitely a beauty secret. So, here are my tips on how to get a goodnight’s sleep:



All health specialists say to cut out all types of caffeine after 2PM – so that means anything such as coke cola, tea and chocolate (!!).

Caffeine is a stimulant that can stay in your body system for up to and around 6 – 8 hours.

So for example, if you have a coffee in the afternoon like around 5pm, the caffeine in that late afternoon coffee you had will stay in your body until 11PM or midnight and that can make it a tad hard to fall asleep by the time you go to bed. If you’re caffeine sensitive like me, I always make sure by midday I have no more caffeine whatsoever and yes that even includes chocolate.



I know from own personal experience when I do a few yoga moves or just even basic stretching positions, I always have a beautiful restful sleep.

By incorporating some sort of yoga poses half an hour before going to bed will help you fight off insomnia.

By calming down your body and your mind, you’re putting yourself in a better position for sweet and restful slumber. It really doesn’t matter what poses you do and you really only need to do about 10 minutes worth of yoga, just your basic stretches.



I drink one cup of tea every night and usually about 45 minutes going to bed (I never drink just before bed because I know in about an hours time I’ll have to go to the toilet).

I tend to mix it up from night to night, what tea I will drink. One night it will be the Sleepy Time Tea in Vanilla or Infusions Chamomile Tea.

Both are decaffeinated and organic and these teas will do with the ingredients in them, is that they will put your body into a relaxation mode. I seriously recommend either one of these teas.



You just know that the right pillow is almost just as important to getting a good nights rest (and also affecting your body structure).

Nothing worse than having a pillow thats either too lumpy or gives you neck and spine pains. The pillow I’ve switched over to in the past six months has been the bamboo pillow which conforms to your shape for excellent support, its made from shredded memory foam and naturally regulate thermo-temperatures.



I seriously need my bedroom to be completely pitch black for me to be able to sleep.

Medical specialists do report that any sort of light that come’s into your bedroom, whether it be from you mobile phone or the curtains not being closed properly etc, any sort of light that seeps into room can actually tell your body to release chemicals to keep you awake.

Hence why I have been sleeping with a sleep mask for many many years now. And I’m always on the lookout for cute funky sleep masks.



There are certain smells that will help you to relax, and slowly help you drift off into sleep la la land.

Research has shown that smells such as lavender will help reduce anxiety and insomnia.

I use (depending on my mood) essential oils where I will put a few drops into a warm bath, so then all of the senses will absorb as well as my skin the lavender which will then help me to relax more or I use a light spritz, and spray all over my pillow and doona. It is so calming and will slowly help you to drift into sleep.

…and just when nothing else for whatever reason just isn’t working, I use this God-send miracle ↓



I know from my own personal experience when I am suffering from anxiety, my mind is in its own Formula One race and just won’t slow down and shut off, no matter what I do.

It’s when I will take Natures Own Complete Sleep Advanced herbal supplements.

These God-send supplements contain three powerful ingredients: lactium (helps to alleviate stress), ziziphus (its a herb thats used in chinese medicine and helps to calm the nerves, mind and help you to fall asleep) and hops (is for promoting relief of insomnia).

I seriously swear by these herbal supplements. and do use them every so often when my mind is on thinking overload mode and just won’t switch off at all and/or I’m more stressed than usual.


How to Get a Great Night’s Sleep | Style & Life by Susana

Tell me what ways do you try to get a goodnights sleep? Anything different? I’d love to know in the comments below xoxo

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  • Style and Life by Susana
    January 30, 2017

    Haha that’s happened to me before, where I’ve gone on Youtube to use one of their meditation videos and I was concentrating soooooooo hard that I fell over side wards asleep *LOL* @terezacityscapebliss:disqus xx Susana

  • Tereza Cityscape Bliss
    January 28, 2017

    Haha love the photos, especially cutesy cat sleeping mask! That’s so me haha! Totally agree with all of them. The other day we couldn’t sleep so we found a self-hypnotising video on youtube and tried to sleep with it, it was so much fun! Strangely I think it actually worked because you have to concentrate on what they’re saying and imagine things and then you slip into a dream really easily. A little weird but worked! xx

  • Style and Life by Susana
    November 23, 2016

    Oh wow! @disqus_s2LjXTa2cE:disqus well, either way you are doing an amazing job by looking after your home, children and running a gorgeous blog and you stunning always xx Susana

  • My Shopping Diet
    November 23, 2016

    I totally understand lol sleep is crucial for health and beauty! I haven’t had a good night sleep for over five years, can you imagine! I had two girls back to back and by the time my oldest started sleeping I had a newborn. So I am still dreaming to have a whole night of uninterrupted sleep! Crazy!

  • Style and Life by Susana
    November 22, 2016

    I used to get such terrible sleep because I had the wrong pillow, horrible pains in my neck and back. Changed pillows and OMG its made such a difference @ref_j:disqus xx Susana

  • Style and Life by Susana
    November 22, 2016

    Its made a big difference not being on my phone half hour before going to bed, big difference! 🙂 @kemi_odesola:disqus xx Susana

  • Style and Life by Susana
    November 22, 2016

    It makes a huge difference not being on your phone half hour before going to sleep, its changed everything for me xx Susana

  • Ref J
    November 22, 2016

    How well I sleep totally impacts my mood the following day. I love that you included getting the right pillow, I have had terrible sleep due to lumpy, uncomfortable pillows that did not support my neck/back properly.

  • Kemi Odesola
    November 22, 2016

    So true!! I shut down all electronics half hour before bed last week and it was amazing! I slept so well and was energetic through out the week. I went back to it last night and I have been grumpy all day. Definitely taking your advise!!

  • Style and Life by Susana
    November 22, 2016

    Love diffusers too! @glennymah:disqus xx Susana

  • Style and Life by Susana
    November 22, 2016

    Don’t we all *LOL* @mabieee:disqus xx Susana

  • Style and Life by Susana
    November 22, 2016

    Sounds like a great plan @busybeingshasha:disqus there are so many cute funky sleep masks around. Hope it helps you xx Susana

  • Glenny
    November 22, 2016

    I also get grumpy if I don’t get enough zzzs. Ive been using oil diffusers but I ran out of lavender oil 🙁 I need moreeeeee

  • Mav
    November 22, 2016

    It is only after I started working that I realized how important sleep was. I was taking it for granted as a child and now I will take ang time of the day to take naps haha!

  • busybeingshasha
    November 22, 2016

    Thanks so much for this post. I am an extremely light sleeper, and wake up super easily. I am going to try the essential oils and sleep mask for sure.

  • Style and Life by Susana
    November 22, 2016

    Ylang ylang is also a good essential oil to spray onto bed linen, it helps @travelpockets:disqus xx Susana

  • Travel Pockets
    November 22, 2016

    I’m like you and get super grumpy if I don’t get enough sleep. These are all great tips. I recently started spraying essential oils on my bed when I am staying at a hotel. It really helps!

  • Style and Life by Susana
    November 22, 2016

    I totally agree @kellyhoggonsvelvetandvibr:disqus xx Susana

  • Style and Life by Susana
    November 22, 2016

    That’s also a great point, not to exercise too close to bed time. Thank you @disqus_jRWwp10QPd:disqus for dropping by xx Susana

  • Kelly Hoggons (Velvet and Vibr
    November 22, 2016

    These are such great tips! I also always find that a good workout at some point during the day and eating healthy give me energy to get through the day, but allow me to sleep really soundly at night 🙂

    Kelly // Velvet and Vibranium

  • Martin Ebner
    November 21, 2016

    Super post Susana! I’m exactly the same as you. If i don’t get my 8 hours sleep every night i’m a moody fart and can’t function properly.
    Another good tip is, not to excise too intensely, too close to bed time. It can disrupt your sleep 😉