Top Tips for a Better Night's Sleep

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

We all want a good night’s sleep. None of us enjoy tossing and turning for hours feeling restless at night. None of us enjoy feeling worn out and exhausted when we’re trying to get through our daily tasks and responsibilities when the morning comes around. But what can you do to get a better night’s sleep? We’re all used to the worn advice that we shouldn’t drink caffeine before bed, or that we should put our phones down to avoid blue light that messes with our circadian rhythms. But what other simple tips and tricks can we try out to nod off a little more easily? Here are a few things you might want to consider trying out!

Make Sure Your Bedroom is Sleep Friendly

Many of us struggle to sleep at night and can’t figure out why. Often, you’ll find that these people are attempting to sleep in cluttered or messy environments. Your bedroom should be a haven that you can retreat to and feel relaxed in, not a storage space for piles of clothes and other belongings that you haven’t been bothered enough to put away yet, or that have built up over time and become overwhelming. Take a day out to make sure your bedroom is sleep friendly. It should be open, you should feel that you can breathe and let your hair down in there, and there should be soft lighting or lighting should be completely blocked out if that better suits you.

Replace Your Mattress

Relatively few people realise that you’re supposed to replace your mattress once every eight years. There’s a good reason behind this and the advice shouldn’t be ignored. Mattresses build up a lot of dirt and go through a lot of wear and tear. This shouldn’t be all too surprising when you consider you lie on it for eight hours every night. Replace your mattress to make sure it’s still firm, springy and clean.

Practice Yoga, Breathing Exercises and Meditation

We don’t often associate exercise with relaxation. But there are specific types of yoga for better sleep that you can try out. This yoga helps you to focus on breathing technique, will stretch you out after a long day and can help you to live in the moment rather than letting your mind wander and focus on all the things that might be stressing you out. For similar reasons, mindfulness, meditation and breathing exercises are great for helping you to drift off too.

Try Out a Relaxing Soundtrack

Some people sleep best without any sound. But for some of us, a relaxing soundtrack can actually help us to drift off into the land of nod. Why not try some out? It’s worth a shot and if it doesn’t work for you, you can always go back to getting to sleep without sounds. Nature soundtracks with bird song, running water, or wind through trees can be good for some of us. Classical music works for others. It’s worth experimenting to see which gives you the best results!

Hopefully, these top tips will put an end to any sleep deprivation you may have been experiencing! Try them out and see how they go for you!

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