Monday, 20 August 2018

What's Ruining Your Nights Sleep?*

Ah, how nice it would be if we could sleep easy, sweet and soundly all through the night. Alas, this isn’t the case. We’re a nation of people who struggle to reach the land of nod! And of course, it’s not difficult to see how damaging this is. No-one’s at their best when they’re feeling drained of energy. While there’s no magic solution for getting a night’s sleep, it’s true that most of us don’t help ourselves. We wonder why we can’t sleep, when in fact we’re doing plenty of things that are making it more difficult! We take a look at a few of these things below. If you’re guilty of any of them, make the changes - you’ll notice the difference!

Too Much Caffeine
According to a lot of people; coffee is awesome. And there’s a reason why many of us can’t function without a strong cup in the morning! However, it’s possible that we’re over-reliant on coffee/caffeine, and that we don’t fully understand the effects. For example, you might be tempted to have another latte when that three pm slump hits, but that’d be a mistake - caffeine can stay in your system for many hours. In the future, limit your caffeine intake to just the morning. It may be hard but you can do it!

Too Much Tech
Technology is our friend, mostly. There are times when it’s our enemy. If you’re using your smartphone or laptop in the two hours before bed and struggle to get to sleep, then we think we know the answer why. Technology has been so integrated into our lives that we think of it as natural, but it is anything but! It’s all flashing screens, beeping noises, and information overload. It keeps our minds constantly alert, when to sleep it needs to be winding down. Turn off the wifi at 8 pm and pick up a book instead. Your mind will thank you! If you really can’t quieten your mind, try meditation - it’s easy enough to do, and scientifically backed to calm our minds down.

Poor Bedding
As well as looking at your pre-bed routine, take a look at your bedding. You could be doing everything else right, but if your bed isn’t comfortable or too hot/cold, then you’ll find it difficult to fall asleep. If your bedding isn’t currently up to speed, then look at buying fitted bed sheets and a comfortable duvet: you’ll love going to bed! Also, make sure you are washing your sheets regularly. It’s much easier to fall asleep when you’re not battling the crumbs that naturally find themselves in your bed!

Too Loud and Bright
How is your sleeping environment? If there’s too much light and noise, and you’re a light sleeper, then it’ll be impossible to get a good night’s sleep. It’s as simple as that! If it’s too loud, then soundproof your room - or just wear earplugs. If light from the street is finding its way into your bedroom, then blackout curtains will do the trick, or you can wear a sleeping mask. I'm thinking of finally investing in some decent blackout curtains this month - I have a streetlamp burning into my room all night and then the sun comes up at 5am!

What helps you get a good nights sleep?

*Partnered post

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