We are all guilty of not having enough sleep. In the fast-moving modern world, we have so much going on that sleep often falls low down on our priority list. But a good night’s sleep is essential to not only our physical wellbeing but also to our mental health too. There are many things that can disrupt our sleep, or prevent us from getting a good quality night, but these are a few ways to make sure that you are giving yourself the best chance to sleep well…
Get your body clock into a routine – It may seem difficult at first if you are used to just grabbing some shut eye when you can, but this is the most important thing to do to help your body. When your body has its internal clock in rhythm, it will be much easier to get to sleep at night and also the quality of the sleep will be better. Another important thing to remember is not to sleep in on the weekends. Although it may be tempting, it will disrupt your body’s natural routine and you will experience symptoms like jet lag which will make you feel worse during the week. If you have had a late night, have a nap in the day instead of sleeping in as this won’t affect your bodies routine.
Napping – Although napping is a good way to make up for the lack of sleep after a late night, it can make it worse for you if you have trouble sleeping in the night or if you have trouble staying asleep. The best time to have a nap is early afternoon and 15-20 minutes is the right amount of time. If you are tempted to have a nap in the late afternoon or early evening don’t – It is too close to bedtime. Find something to do which will stimulate your brain, phone a friend or go for a short walk.
Make your Bedroom Peaceful – If the place that you are sleeping in is jumbled, noisy or over stimulating, you will not get a good night’s sleep. Your bedroom needs to be your own personal sleep haven where you can cut off the worries of the outside world and relax. Use relaxing and neutral colours that you like, make your own cushions in white cotton fabric from http://www.higgsandhiggs.com/fabrics/plain-cotton-fabric.html to make it your unique haven. Do not have any technology in the bedroom, such as televisions or mobile phones. Both of these things make your sleep very disrupted as the over stimulate your brain and the light from devices cause your brain to think it should be awake. So, make sure that all technology stays out of the bedroom!