Hit The Hay The Right Way: 5 Tips For The Perfect Night’s Sleep
Posted on 03 May 2016
When it comes to a good night sleep it should be all about the quality as well as the quantity. Sleep pays a major part of your daily routine and a night of tossing and turning can turn even the bubbliest of people into an extra from The Walking Dead. Your sleeping schedule, end of day habits and lifestyle choices can make a difference to the quality of your nightly rest.
You may not be able to control all of the factors that interfere with your rest but there are habits that you can adopt to encourage a better quality sleep. Check out our top 5 tips for the perfect night’s sleep.
Watch What You Eat and Drink
This may sound simple but don’t go to bed hungry or stuffed. As tempting as that late night takeaway may be at a weekend, have you ever stopped to think that it may be playing a part in your sleeping patterns? Your body will need to be in a relaxed state in order for you to drift off to the land of nod and your discomfort is most likely keeping you awake.
You should also limit your caffeine and alcohol intake in the evening too. The stimulating effects they have can take hours to wear off and cause havoc on your body and mind.
Warm Feet = Happy Thoughts
In order to get the best possible night sleep your body needs to be the right temperature. If you are either too hot or too cold you will struggle to relax. The key to warming your body up is simple. Slip on a pair of clean socks before you climb into bed. The extra layer in between the covers can help improve circulation and help you to fall asleep quicker.
Be In Control of Bright Light
Light can have an effect on the state of your mind at the end of the day. The light from bright computer and television screens can be just as disruptive. To improve this you should cut down your use of your mobile, tablet, computer or television up to two hours before bedtime. If you need to use these devices during this time you can minimise the impact by turning down the brightness of the screen or using a smaller screen.
To improve the lighting of your room you should use blackout shades, dark coloured curtains made of a thick material or use an eye mask. This should help to block out any unwanted light and assist with the perfect night sleep.
The Colours of the Bedroom
The next time you struggle to sleep, look at your surroundings. Could it be your bedroom keeping you awake at night? Something as simple as choosing a matte finish paint over a gloss has been scientifically proven to have effects on your sleep patterns. Paint colours will also have an effect on your mental state at night, you should choose a colour that calms you. The best choices for a peaceful night’s sleep include a soft, warm shade of yellow and a tranquil, relaxing shade of blue.
Pick the Best Posture for You
We spend a large portion of our lives asleep so our sleep posture needs to be the best and most effective for both our sleeping patterns and the effect it has on our bodies. You can’t change your posture while you sleep but you can try to manipulate your body into the ideal position for the perfect night’s sleep. Sleeping on your back can cause snoring, which not only obstructs your breathing but can cause disruptive sleep for everyone around you. Sleeping on your side has been considered to be the best and most common sleeping position especially for women during pregnancy. Stomach sleeping is considered the worst positon for sleep as it can cause difficulties breathing and it can flatten the curve of your spine.
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