It must be the time of year, but it appears it isn’t just myself who is having trouble drifting off into a peaceful night’s sleep. With so much to do before Christmas… which is only next weekend… the stress is taking its toll and the number of Zzzzz’s I should be getting is nowhere near what it should be.
If you too are struggling to get a decent night’s kip, then the following handy tips may help you doze off into a restful slumber. Don’t worry, I shall not be suggesting counting sheep, however I will also need to practice what I preach!
Try to wind down before going to bed.
I am a total night owl and struggle going to be any earlier than 11pm, this is all very much self inflicted and I am sure if I made myself go to bed earlier it would be easy to get into a routine. With so much technology at our fingertips, I find myself checking my phone first thing in the morning and it being the last thing I check at night… cuddling up with a good book and not using technology for an hour before bed will certainly ensure your body relaxes before attempting sleep.
Make sure your bed is comfortable.
Surely this is the first thing to change if needed. New pillows, a mattress topper or even adjustable beds (if you have trouble sleeping due to back or joint problems) can seriously go a long way to helping have a restful sleep. Pillows should be replaced at least every 2 years, so if you are suffering with neck problems or simply cannot get comfy, invest in some plumped up new pillows to ensure correct posture during sleep.
Cut down on the coffee.
The advice from The Sleep Council is to stay clear of tea and coffee in the evenings or at least keep these drinks to a minimum. Spoil sports! The caffeine in the drinks acts as a stimulant and can contribute to the fact you are finding it difficult to sleep.
Even something as simple as going for a moderate walk can be a great stress reliever and contribute to a good night’s sleep. It is suggested by The Sleep Council not to exercise too close to bedtime as just like drinking caffeine too close to bedtime, you may find yourself struggling to sleep. I personally love a morning gym session, it really does set me up for the day and I do always sleep well in the evening.
Hopefully these tips will go some way to ensuring you have a good night’s kip over the Winter months!