Sleep can sometimes feel like the holy grail. You desperately want to get more of it, you feel like you are doing all you can to get more, but yet you wake up feeling unsatisfied which can have a serious knock on effect to the rest of your day? Sound familiar? You are not alone. Many people really struggle to get a restful night’s sleep and often they don’t know what the cause is. But simple changes to your routine and the way you do things can have a significant impact on your sleep, and therefore improve things greatly. I wanted to share with you what some of those things are.
Is noise affecting your sleep?
Not all of us have the advantage of living on a sleep lane or road, and at night, certain areas can spring to life. Especially if you live in city centers or on busy main roads. So perhaps you may need to consider the noise level at night as this could be keeping you awake without you realising. A quick look online at an earplugs guide could help reduce the noise in your surroundings enabling you to get into a deeper sleep. Therefore feeling much more rested when you wake.
Are you being exposed to too much technology before bed?
Whether you like watching TV before bed, reading your smartphone or browsing on up tablet, technology is so involved in our day to day lives it can be hard to think back to a time when it wasn’t around or within such easy reach. However, exposure to too much technology close to bedtime can keep your mind stimulated, which can therefore affect your sleep. Try and cut out the technology at least an hour before bed and choose to read a book or just relax instead.
Consider your surroundings and where you sleep
Sometimes you need to think about the physical aspects of sleep and where you lay your head each night can have an impact on how well you sleep. Is it time to reinvest in a new mattress? Maybe considering a different duvet or pillows to help keep you warm or cool you down during the night. Even how tidy your room is or how ventilated it is can have an effect on how well you sleep.
Try a warm drink before bed
Many people enjoy a nice alcoholic drink in an evening, or perhaps choose a tea or a coffee, but all of these sorts of drinks can include stimulants that keep your mind and body active, even when you don’t want them to. Perhaps a chamomile tea or warm milk before bed could help you get a decent night’s sleep.
Change up your routine and put relaxation at the top of your priority list
Finally, why not consider changing your evening routine a little and put relaxation at the top of your list. Have a nice warm bath and spend time pampering and putting on cosy pyjamas. Maybe indulge in a good book or try out things like meditation and yoga. All of which can help relax your mind and prepare you for bed.
I hope these tips help you get a better night’s sleep.