There is surely nothing finer than a good night’s sleep. Those lucky people who manage to get a good 6-7 hours of undisturbed rest every night can wake, feeling refreshed and ready to face the day with verve. For those of us who don’t always achieve that goal, and spend night after night tossing and turning hoping that sleep will catch us, or drifting off only to be woken an hour later by some disturbance or other, it’s a very different story.
Poor sleep patterns can affect every aspect of our lives, from health to mood to appetite. It’s important to ensure the right night time environment to settle in, so that you can relax and drop off into a deep sleep.
When do you usually feel tired?
First things first, set a regular bedtime. It’s vital that you give your body a strict routine of when to sleep and when to wake. Pick a time that’s suitable. When do you usually feel tired? There’s no point lying for hours trying to switch off, it’ll just get frustrating. If you lose a few hours at night, you could always make up your sleep debt with a daytime nap if it’s plausible.
It’s also essential to get the most suitable mattress for your body and sleep position. Obviously it should be comfortable to you and should provide you with excellent back and neck support. There are tons of comfortable mattresses out there to choose from and you should certainly take a hands-on approach to testing them. Lie right down with your feet up and make sure it’s giving you the support you need.
Try to eliminate hours of TV or computer time before bed. Your body will be tricked into feeling alert and awake – exactly what you don’t want! Keep the room as dark and as quiet as possible and, if you need to get up for the bathroom in the night, consider using a torch instead of a ceiling light that will really wake you up.