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Top tips for a good nights sleep

I don’t know about you but I can’t function if I haven’t had a good nights sleep. Just before Christmas my son caught a cold, which meant that we all caught it, one after another. Unfortunately this meant a lot of poor nights sleep, just when we needed more sleep, not less.

I’m always interested in ways to improve our sleep.┬áIn today’s fast-paced world, quality sleep is often sacrificed at the altar of busy schedules and endless to-do lists. However, the importance of good sleep cannot be overstated. Have you heard of sleep hygiene? The term refers to both your sleep environment and behaviour. Let me offer some practical tips and insights to help you achieve that elusive, restful night’s sleep.

Top tips for a good nights sleep

Understanding Sleep Hygiene: Begin by unraveling the concept of sleep hygiene. It’s not just about the number of hours you spend in bed; it’s also about the quality of those hours. Sleep hygiene encompasses a set of practices and habits that promote healthy sleep and overall well-being.

Establishing a Consistent Sleep Schedule: Our bodies thrive on routine. Aim to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. This helps regulate your body’s internal clock, making it easier to fall asleep and wake up naturally.

A Comfy Mattress and Fresh Bedding: You can’t deny that the right mattress for you will enable the best nights sleep. We love shopping around for the right mattress from places like Simba, and are overjoyed to find the right one for us.

Creating a Relaxing Bedtime Routine: Develop a pre-sleep routine to signal to your body that it’s time to wind down. This could include activities such as reading a book, taking a warm bath, or practicing relaxation techniques like deep breathing.

Optimising Your Sleep Environment: Your bedroom plays a crucial role in the quality of your sleep. Keep the room cool, dark, and quiet. Invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows, and consider blackout curtains to block out external light.

A Weighted Blanket: my teen finds it difficult to sleep and I’ve been thinking about investing in a weighted blanket for a while. He gets hot easily and I think that the Orbit weighted blanket might suit him and help him sleep.

Limiting Screen Time Before Bed: The blue light emitted by electronic devices can interfere with your body’s production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. Aim to power down electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime.

Mindful Eating and Hydration: Be mindful of what and when you eat and drink before bed. Avoid heavy meals close to bedtime, as they can lead to discomfort. Additionally, limit caffeine and alcohol intake, as these can disrupt your sleep cycle.

Regular Exercise: Engaging in regular physical activity has been linked to improved sleep. However, try to complete your workout a few hours before bedtime to allow your body to wind down.

Stress Management: Chronic stress can wreak havoc on your sleep. Incorporate stress-reducing activities into your daily routine, such as meditation, yoga, or journaling, to help calm your mind.

 

Don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. By incorporating these sleep hygiene practices into your daily routine, you can create an environment conducive to rest and hopefully wake up each day feeling refreshed, focused, and ready to tackle whatever lies ahead. Sweet dreams!

5 Comments

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    Stephanie
    January 1, 2024 at 1:15 pm

    Just in time for my New Year’s resolutions! A good night’s sleep is something I don’t get often so I find these tips most helpful.

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    Jupiter Hadley
    January 1, 2024 at 2:48 pm

    These are some great tips, especially when it comes to building new habits for the new year!

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    Lavanda Michelle
    January 1, 2024 at 5:06 pm

    These seem like helpful tips. I will definitely refer back to these next time I need a good night’s sleep. Thanks for sharing!

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    Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    January 1, 2024 at 7:14 pm

    Navigating the challenges of disrupted sleep during the holiday season resonates with many of us. The acknowledgment of the importance of quality sleep and the mention of sleep hygiene add depth to the post. In a world filled with hectic schedules, the practical tips and insights shared here become valuable tools for those seeking a restful night’s sleep.

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    adriana
    January 2, 2024 at 6:43 pm

    Getting into a good routine and schedule is SO important. I’m admittedly a terrible sleeper but trying to get better! Thanks for this!

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