More and more often, people are understanding the importance of sleep as part of a healthy lifestyle. In this article, we’re sharing some tips to help you get a good night’s sleep:
When trying to sleep, it helps if you aren’t too hot or too cold. A way to ensure this is to purchase suitable bedding for the winter and for the summer. If you’re too hot, you may find that you get restless in the night, and if you’re too cold, you may find that you are unable to fall asleep.
Your mattress can play a big part in temperature regulation also. Mattresses with natural materials will be the best for this.
If your bed is not comfortable, you will not get a good night’s sleep. Ideally you need comfort, space and support from your bed to give you the best rest possible.
Which mattress you should get will vary from person to person due to their body shape and weight and also due to personal preference. When testing mattresses before purchase, ensure that you try one with a base similar to yours at home or you may feel like you’ve made the wrong choice once you get it home and realise how different it feels.
It is recommended that you replace your mattress after 7 years of use to ensure that comfort, support and cleanliness can be improved.
We have written more on how your bed affects your sleep in one of our recent blog posts, see here. https://www.exmouthbedandpine.co.uk/blog/bed-affects-sleep/
Being relaxed makes drifting off much smoother. Some ways to help you relax are below:
- A bath – maybe with some bath oils or bubbles too
- Hot decaffeinated drinks
- Herbal remedies – lavender is popular for relaxing the body
- Listening to calming music
One of the most important things is to avoid stress. If you’re busy at work, think of ways to organise your jobs and prioritise correctly. Also, organising your home is both therapeutic at the time and will make you feel a lot less stressed in your home generally.
Lighting & Technology
Our bodies associate bright light with the daytime so if our bedrooms are full of light at night, we will have a hard time drifting off. To ensure darkness when sleeping, you could try a black-out blind. These are particularly good for those who live in a busy city.
It is also important to limit or completely remove technology before bed. Concentrated bright lights (like from your phone screen) can be too stimulating for the brain and will not let you relax into a good night’s sleep.