There can be no doubt at all. A good nights sleep makes the world of difference! Not only does it make you just feel better in yourself, but it makes getting through the day heck of a lot easier if you aren’t constantly fighting the urge to sleep at your desk!
In a modern world with so many stresses, and distractions it’s much more challenging to find the right balance between going about your every day life but whilst avoiding all the things that trigger those sleepless nights. In fact, we’d go as far as to say that the modern world has become a real hindrance to a getting the right amount of sleep.
Research shows that getting a good nights sleep is just as important as having a healthy, balanced diet or even taking regular exercise. So we’ve come up with a list of truly simple things you can do to improve your sleep right away.
Here are our top 5 tips for getting a better nights sleep.
Be mindful of your caffeine intake
How many of us have needed that hit of caffeine to get us through the day or help us focus on an important task and reached for a strong coffee or energy drink? Quite a lot of us we are willing to guess. Whilst a hit of caffeine might help you in the short term, there’s no doubt that when it comes to the night time you are going to struggle to sleep very well.
This goes also for drinking caffeinated drinks later in the day too. The problem with caffeine is that it’s a stimulant for your nervous system and that the very last thing you want right before you go to bed. Ideally you want to not be drinking caffeine past 4pm to help you get a better nights sleep.
Try to relax before bedtime
One of our favourite ways to do this is to take a nice relaxing bath or shower. We can really recommend investing in some nice lavender scented bubble bath or some luxurious products to aid a restful nights sleep. Lavender is said to have a relaxing and calming effect and so what better way to combine it with a bath!
Try to sleep and wake up at regular times
This may be more difficult for shift workers, but where possible try to develop a pattern for your sleep. This step alone should massively help with your body clock and train your body to sleep and wake at consistent times.
It may be tempting to keep very different hours on the weekend for example because you don’t have to get up for work. However, this means that your body doesn’t know whether it should be tired or sleepy the rest of the time.
If you get this step right, you might find that you wake up naturally before your alarm does
Create a relaxing bedroom environment.
It may seem too simple, but if you create yourself a nice space to relax in then it stands to reason that you will find it far easier to sleep in.
Clean bed linen, a comfortable mattress and pillows (We love memory foam pillows!) and an uncluttered bedroom make for a much more pleasing environment which is much more conducive to a good nights sleep!
Read a book, not an electronic device
Yes, this one is hard for many of us! Social media consumes our lives and it’s too easy to lay in bed idly scrolling though Instagram or Facebook to see what we might be missing out on – when we should be trying to relax and go to sleep.
The bright screens of electronic devices give out a blue light which has the effect of making your brain think it’s day time. This of course is not exactly great a helping you to sleep! Electronic devices such a phones and tablets are particularly bad offenders for this blue light and so if you absolutely must look at a device before bed then make sure you adjust the screen to the night time mode which will give the screen a more warm tone.
A book may be a better idea than falling asleep to the tv!