As we near the countdown to sleeps till Santa, I’m pleased to be able to bring you these tips in collaboration with Adjustable Beds.
Some of you may be baby-related sleep-deprived, some, like me, chronic-illness-related sleep-deprived, some of you work- and stress-related sleep-deprived, some just simply uncomfortable-bed sleep-deprived. Whatever the reason, we could all use some of these tips for a sound sleep:
Tips for a sound sleep
Getting enough sleep is a must if you want to function properly. OK, so the odd night of disturbed slumber is no big issue. However, if you consistently fail to nod off when you climb into bed at night, it could be time to take action. After all, a lack of sleep can have a major impact on your physical and mental wellbeing. By following these top tips, you may be able to increase the amount of shuteye you get.
Invest in a comfy bed
It’s surprising how many people put up with sleeping on lumpy mattresses and dodgy bed frames. Once you get used to poor-quality beds, you might not think twice about using them. It’s only when you change these products for new and improved versions that you realise just what you’ve been missing out on. If you think that now’s the right time to bin your bed and get a new version, it’s worth checking out the products offered by Adjustable Beds. These items take luxury to a new level and feature a relaxing massage system that helps to boost blood circulation and ease away aches and pains.
As well as selecting the right bed, you’ll need to ensure your mattress is up-to-scratch. If you plan to buy a new version, an Aveon pocket sprung mattress may be ideal. Make sure you select products that are sufficiently firm to support your body.
You’ll need to spend some money to get your hands on a top-quality bed and mattress, but this should prove to be a savvy investment. It could dramatically improve your ability to nod off at night.
Create a calming environment
Of course, it’s not only your bed that makes a difference to your ability to sleep. Details like your decor and window dressings play an important role too. As a general rule, opt for a calming colour scheme in your bedroom. Also, if you’re disturbed by light from outside, it’s worth buying blackout curtains or blinds.
Stick to regular hours
If possible, you should stick to regular sleeping hours too. By going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time each day, you will help to programme your body clock.
Think before you eat and drink
The things that you eat and drink can disrupt your slumber too. Try to keep your caffeine intake down and stay away from coffee and tea in the late afternoon and evenings. The effects of these drinks can take a long time to wear off. If you want a hot drink before you head to bed, have a herbal tea or a comforting milky beverage instead.
Don’t eat large meals or drink too much alcohol before you hit the sack either as this can disrupt your sleep patterns.
Relax before bed
Always allow yourself some time to wind down before you try to sleep. For example, you might want to do some gentle yoga to ease away any tension. A warm bath is another option and reading in bed can help to prepare you for sleep as well.
Address any worries
Even if you go through all of these steps, you won’t be able to sleep if there’s something on your mind that’s causing you to worry. If you’re concerned about the following day, try writing a list of the things you need to do after you get up. This could help to clear your mind and prevent troublesome thoughts from keeping you awake in bed.
Also, if you find you really can’t nod off, get up and try relaxing activities. There’s no point lying in bed getting more and more anxious about the fact you can’t sleep. Once you feel tired again, return to your bed and try again.
Of course, these tips aren’t a panacea to insomnia. However, they can make it much easier to fall asleep.