1453, 1454, 1455…if counting sheep is not working for you, check out these handy hints for a great night’s sleep…
Invest in a Great Mattress
Do you spend most of the night tossing and turning? Do you find you wake with aches and pains? It may be your mattress. Investing in a quality mattress that will support your body as you sleep can work wonders. Visit Sleeping Solutions to save on top mattress brands including Silentnight and Sealy. Don’t just go for the cheapest; look at the softness, support and size of the mattress as they are all important factors.
There are many natural supplements available to aid a good night’s rest. Valerian Root is a great choice if you wake up often in the night, your mind racing with the stresses from the day before. This wonder-supp is a mild sedative that can ease your troubles and promote calm. If getting to sleep is your problem, try Melatonin. If you have young children or long commutes, your sleep-wake cycle may be off kilter. Restore the balance by supplementing your Melatonin at night to help you rest and be bright eyed and bushy tailed the following day.
So many problems can be aided with the right foods, and sleep is no exception. Potassium and magnesium are natural muscle relaxants, so top up on cashews, bananas and leafy green veggies to help your body relax at night. Feeling peckish at night? Don’t binge on sugary foods before bed that will send you sky high. Opt instead for healthy wholegrain toast, packed with stress relieving Vitamin B – why not top with mashed banana to get your dose of muscle relaxant too? The perfect bedtime snack.
Check The Thermostat
Some have their houses as hot as ovens, others like to live in a fridge. Whatever living temperature you stick to, change your room temperature to optimise it for sleep. Sleep studies have shown that the ideal temperature to get a peaceful night’s sleep is 18-22C. By turning your thermostat up or down accordingly, you’re creating the perfect atmosphere for a peaceful snooze.
De-Tech Before Bed
In a world where iPhones are treated like limbs, it can be hard to resist checking emails, Facebook, even the news before we slope off to the land of nod. But sleep studies have found that by detaching yourself from your computer or mobile at least 30 minutes before going to sleep can work wonders for your ability to drift off. Filling your brain with information before you go to bed, or giving yourself things to worry about, is not helpful if you struggle to sleep. Say goodnight to your gadget 30 minutes before you go to bed – go on, try it!