Tips for a good nights sleep

A good nights sleep

Everyone struggles to sleep at some point. Whether it is stress, babies, or a fidgety partner, bed is one of the places we spend the longest each day in 1 place.

I struggle to sleep quite often, working late and rising early, I need to make those few snatched hours in bed count. I have invested in a quality mattress and luxurious bedding to make my bed an inviting and relaxing place so I don’t have to stress about sleep.

I have a few handy tips for you to help you get the most out of bed time too

Sleep Soundly

The importance of sleep cannot be stressed enough. A lack of sleep can have physical symptoms such as bags under the eyes, stiffness and a lack of energy. However, it can also have lots of mental and lesser seen symptoms such as less concentration, low immune system, poor memory and lots of other things. One of the best ways to ensure you get enough sleep is to make sure you comfy at night, so here are some tips.

The right bed for you

Making sure your mattress is comfortable is important. If you are constantly tossing and turning all night because you can’t get comfortable then you aren’t going to get a good night’s sleep. Get a new one if your current one is giving you trouble. Make sure that your bed isn’t creaky and old, too. Noises in the night can wake you up and disturb your much needed sleep. If you do need a new bed, then we’d suggest ottoman beds from Bedstar. They have amazing storage underneath, are high quality and come with next day delivery so you’ll never be without a bed. You’ll should get a much better nights sleep on one of the new ottoman beds.

Few screens before bed

These days we are constantly looking at a screen. We check our phones all the time and many of us work in front of a computer all day and then go home and watch TV on yet another screen. Going on your phone or tablet before bed might seem like a nice idea, but it could be stopping you from sleeping. It has been suggested that screens stop or slow our production of melatonin (the hormone we need to sleep), so if you are struggling to sleep why not read a physical book rather than an on screen one.

Manage your sleep pattern

If you start going to sleep and waking up at the same time each day then you body will get into the habit of feeling tired and waking up at the right times. However, if you don’t have a clear pattern then you’ll find it much harder to go to sleep and get a restful night. By ‘programming’ your brain like this you will be able to fall asleep at the right time each day.

Wind Down

If you immediately go to bed and try to sleep right after a long day of work or a fun day out then you are going to struggle to sleep. This is because the events of the day will still be running around your head. Try to wind down before heading to bed. Perhaps do a little yoga to relax and stretch yourself out. Have a warm bath to try and relax. The key here is to do something that relaxes you. Try to avoid things that get your blood flowing and adrenaline rushing, but reading or doing a crossword are also great ideas.

I definitely struggle if I go straight to bed when I get home without unwinding, but my way to unwind is to scroll through Instagram so that probably doesn’t help me as I should be minimising screen time!

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