Getting a good night’s sleep is important for a variety of reasons. Lack of sleep can cause a range of health problems including high blood pressure, and depression. When we are well rested, we can cope a lot better with stress and experience less mood swings. That’s why I’ll share these five tips for practising good ‘sleep hygiene’ and getting a good night’s sleep.
- Turn off any screens that emit ‘blue light’ at least an hour before you go to bed. This is because the part of the brain the blue light activates takes the longest of all the parts in your brain to switch off.
- Wind down and try some relaxation exercises before bed. I find reading or writing in a journal really helps me relax and shake off the day’s stress.
- Eat a light dinner about two hours before you sleep. A common reason people wake up feeling tired is because their digestive system had to work too hard whilst they were sleeping. This is caused by eating too close to bedtime or eating heavy foods like steak that take hours to digest.
- Block out all light and noise. External noise and light can contribute to waking up throughout the night. You can do this by buying black out curtains or wearing earplugs but be aware that these take a while get used to wearing. If you have a night lamp, make sure it is a very low light and preferably a calming colour like orange. You can keep noise out by getting double glazed windows if you don’t already. If you are looking for double glazing Hereford, I highly recommend Firmfix.
- Finally, make sure that your bedroom is only used for sleep, meaning you’ll want to avoid having a TV or computer, not even a treadmill, in there.
Hopefully these tips help you get a good night’s sleep and wake up full of energy. One last tip is to remember to keep your bedroom at a temperature that is not too hot or cold, and to have a duvet that isn’t so thick that it makes you sweat.