Are you finding yourself tossing and turning, wide awake in the middle of the night and yet desperate for sleep when that alarm clock goes off in the morning?
You’re not alone. Many people are finding it harder than ever to get a good night sleep, and while the average person needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep, a large percentage of us are getting nowhere near that much, and then wondering why continually feel rundown, sick, and exhausted.
If you’re over the lack of sleep, it may be time to make a serious commitment to getting more z’s this year.
Here are some tips to help you get a better sleep:
Ditch the screens
If you’re someone who likes to watch tv in bed, or you find yourself propped up with some pillows and Netflix each night, this has got to stop. Electronics are terrible for sleep, and the light is telling your brain that it’s the middle of the day, and encouraging you to stay up. Instead, keep the screens out of the bedroom completely- this means mobile phones as well, and make sure you’re not looking at them for at least 2 hours before it’s time to turn out the lights.
Have a routine
Teaching your body that certain actions mean that sleep should soon follow is a great way to get a better night’s sleep. Firstly, work out what time you need to get up, and work backwards from there to know what time you should be going to bed. If you’re not sure what time you should be going to sleep, your best bet is to take a weekend to go to sleep and wakeup naturally, calculating how many hours of sleep you had to feel this refreshed.
A hot bath and an herbal tea can be a great way to get yourself nice and relaxed and sleepy, and it can also be a good idea to read an interesting (yet not too interesting) book- maybe a nice romance or a self-help book, but no horrors or thrillers.
Get a better bed
When was the last time you took a good hard look at your bed? Often we inherit beds from our family, or take our childhood beds with us when we move when we really should be buying a new one. If you find yourself tossing and turning for no reason, it may be because your bed is unsupportive, you’re getting poked with springs, or the mattress is completely shot.
One of the beds recommended by sleep experts is ‘Adjustamatic’, and these adjustable beds will ensure that both you and your partner are getting the best possible sleep, night after night. Adjustable beds use the latest technology to help with a variety of different problems, and can offer sciatica and hip pain relief, soothe varicose veins, give you pain relief for your arthritis, and help improve your blood circulation and mobility.