Today, most of us are prepping for our return to work after the Festive break. I for one have to break out of the dodgy Christmas sleeping habits I’ve adopted recently. You know the ones! Go to bed at stupid o clock and wake up at stupidly late, and basically do that on repeat. I was fortunate enough to attend an event, organised by Tempur®, all about sleep. Here I will be sharing a few tips I picked up for a better night’s sleep.
This goes without saying really…
Fixing your sleeping habits is an important part of getting a good nights sleep. However, what you sleep on is equally important! Your sleep is essentially as good as the bed you lie on! Tempur® has products ranging from beds to pillows, that have been scientifically created to help you feel more comfortable when it comes to that all important sleep. My pillow was so comfy, I had to have a catnap on the tube 🙂
Top Tips for a good night’s sleep
Dr Nicola Barclay presented some of her research on one of my favourite pastimes, but also some great tips for a good old kip.
Good Bed- I mentioned this before, but it’s so important, I will say it again. Make sure you get a bed that provides the support you need. Mattress quality has to be high on ones list of sleep priorities. The Tempur mattress has been tested to ensure that it lasts for at least 10 years.
You can eat your way to sleep – I don’t mean overeating until you enter a food coma (the sleep that hits you after Sunday/Christmas dinner) Melatonin is known as the sleep hormone, it helps to control our sleep and wake cycle. If you are someone who has difficulty sleeping, you can try eating or drinking these foods: walnuts, cheese, eggs, cherry juice or turkey (explains excessive sleep over the festive season, just kidding). Tryptophan is an amino acid found in the foods mentioned, which is then converted into Melatonin.
Light regulates your body clock – Sleeping in a darkened room helps you to sleep better
Bedroom environment – The bedroom is for sleeping, so where possible try to avoid bringing the laptop to bed. This can encourage wakefulness as the bedroom will no longer be associated with sleep, it will subconsciously become a place of work.
Hot bath and essential oils – Sounds sexy doesn’t it?…it’s not that type of party 😉 A hot bath stimulates the natural cooling of the body, as the temperature drops, we start to feel drowsy. A drop of Lavender oil improves sleep quality also.
Keep a regular bedtime – I struggle with this one, but I’m getting better.
Can’t sleep after 15 minutes? Get out of bed and do something different outside of the bedroom. Again, the breaks the association with wakefulness.
I hope you have enjoyed this post I have done in conjunction with Tempur®, all thoughts are my own.