It is no secret that I struggle to get to sleep at night. Since I was a teenager I have suffered from bouts of insomnia which mean I could literally watch the clock go round at night rather than drifting off to the land of nod. I find it difficult to switch off at night, always thinking of what I need to do the next day, and I often have my best ideas in those twilight hours, and then worry I will forget them when I eventually go to sleep. It all adds up to me not getting anywhere near enough sleep, and then feeling sluggish and tired the next morning, when the school run beckons.
There are a range of factors that stopped us getting a good night’s sleep. This can range from the restlessness of a partner, who may be suffering from a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea causes them to make vibrating sounds due to breathing problems. It may also be the outside noise and even trying to sleep on an uncomfortable mattress. Stressing over everyday matters is another recipe for a sleepless night. So what can we do to improve our sleep?
Check out that mattress
Your nights sleep can certainly be improved by changing your mattress, especially if you have had it for a few years. You can opt for something that gives you the firmness that you need, especially if you have back problems that also help you to lose sleep. Many people think that a new mattress would be very expensive, but if you shop at mattress sale UK you can find some real bargains, including pocket strung and memory foam designs.
Your sleep could be transformed through a new mattress, and you can also add a mattress topper to add a further level of comfort.
A bedtime drink
Avoiding caffeine long before our actual bedtime is one key thing we can be doing. Apparently, the effects of caffeine filled drinks can last for up to 24hours, so switching to a milky drink would be far more beneficial for those who struggle to sleep.
Pillow sprays, sleep masks and blackout curtains can also be useful in the fight for sleep, helping us towards a state of relaxation. The masks and blackout curtains/blinds are particularly important if you struggle sleeping when there is light in your room.
Turn off that technology
Keeping the technology out of the bedroom is also imperative – no more Facebook and Twitter updates in bed! Once you go to bed you need to be shutting out the world, so leave that phone or iPad downstairs, it can all wait until morning.