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As you may well very know, I have battled with sleep this year. It is like my nemesis. What I have personally found helpful is to have great sleep hygiene.
A good night’s sleep is the bedrock for a good day. It helps you focus better, helps your body recover from sickness and physical exertion, and makes you less likely to be snappy and snarky. Many things (including children) can have a huge impact on your quality of sleep, and below are a few tips for getting the most out of your night.
1. Use The Right Equipment
There is such a wide variety of bedding options available so we can choose the best ‘equipment’ for our situation. Your pillow is arguably the most impactful item on your sleep quality as it determines your head and neck’s comfort, can impact on your physicality over time, and can even make you sick as it builds up allergens and nasties over time (you do lie your head on it for a third of each day). Wool pillows are great for people with allergies or asthma as the wool breathes and manages moisture well, and they are also easier to keep clean – just air them regularly. Look for a company like MiniJumbuk that has a range of pillow options for you to examine.
2. Don’t Overheat
Having a stable, cool temperature in your sleeping environment is vital for a good night’s sleep. Research suggests that your body won’t fall asleep properly until its core temperature has dropped slightly, so sleeping in a hot room will keep your body awake and restless for much longer. If you’re worried about electricity costs and your carbon footprint, a pedestal fan doesn’t use much electricity and is very effective at keeping you cool. If you don’t want to run a fan all night, dress lightly and choose breathable, lightweight bedding.
3. Get On Your Bike
Exercise helps the body to rest and regain energy, so if you’re having trouble dozing off, look at your exercise routine. If it’s more theoretical than practical, it might be time to shake off the cobwebs and get your body moving. It doesn’t have to be long – just 30 minutes a day and enough to get breathless over a short amount of time. You should find sleep comes more easily to your body when you have exercised earlier that day.
4. Put Down The Late-Night Snack
Eating late at night can throw off your whole body, confusing it into thinking it’s earlier and forcing your body to work to digest extra food. Try not to eat within three hours of going to bed if you can. And if you’re still feeling hungry, make yourself a herbal tea.
5. Put Down The Technology
This wonderful new technology we have emits a certain type of light that keeps the brain alert and functioning. Not great if you’re trying to switch off! Make a habit of turning off all smart devices (including the TV) at least 30 minutes before you plan to fall asleep. If you want to do something while you’re lying in bed, pick up a book!
These are a few simple suggestions for getting a better night’s sleep. What’s your best tip for sleeping well?