Bedtime Routines For Better Sleep
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
We all suffer from sleep related problems sometimes, and whilst there isn’t a simple fix, there are a few things you can do to help improve your sleep. We’ve done some research to help bring you the best tips and recommendations to help you drift off into a solid slumber.
Keep to a Routine - The importance of maintaining a regular routine is vital as it helps regulate your body clock. Try keeping to the same bedtime and wake-up at the same time everyday, even on the weekends.
Remember to Unwind - Sleep is our most relaxed state, but we need to get ourselves there. Avoid anything too stressful or active before bed as this will stimulate you and keep your mind from switching off. Instead, try calming activities such as having a bath, meditating, or reading a book. Ideally steer clear of electronic devices before bed as the screens can act as a stimulant for our brains, the same goes for bright lights in your home. If you’re looking for a relaxing evening light, the Rituals Table Lamp by Foscarini which features a soft glow from its textured striped effect.
Enjoy the Day - Making the most of your day is key, so exercise at least once a day, spend some time in the sun especially in the morning, and avoid taking naps throughout the day. All these things will help you use up your energy when you’re supposed to, and then recharge your batteries at night.
Comfort is Key - We cannot stress enough how important your bedroom and your bed is in getting a good night's rest. Your room needs to be clear from any noise or lights, and ideally not too hot or too cold. Your mattress and pillows should also be comfortable and supportive, we all have different preferences so a good bed specialist will be able to assist you in selecting the right options for you. It’s also worth noting that the life expectancy of a mattress is around 9-10 years, so if you’re still sleeping on one beyond this time, it might not be helping you make the most of your nighttime.
Try Something Different - If you find you still can’t sleep, try relaxing in another room until you feel tired enough, try changing your diet, maybe cutting out any caffeine or any heavy meals at least 3 hours before bedtime, or keep a sleep diary to help you identify any contributing factors in what’s preventing you from drifting off.
The benefits of getting a good night's sleep are endless, impacting both our physical and mental wellbeing - and so anything we can do to try and improve our sleep quality can only be worth it.