Do you lie awake at night, wondering how to get to sleep? According to the UK Sleep Council, 70% of Britons say they are getting less than seven hours of rest each night, while a third admit to waking throughout the night on a regular basis.
Not only does daily exercise tire you out so you crave a good rest, but it also helps to lower your body temperature for a deeper sleep
While we may have the best intentions, a large amount of us are still wondering how to get to sleep each night.
So let’s look at how you go about your day and see if these quick fixes can help you fall asleep more easily and get a good eight hours.
Sleep Tip 1: Keep Your Room Dark
A dark bedroom will help you sleep better so if you’re having trouble getting to sleep due to light, hang up heavy curtains or blackout blinds and use a mask to shield your eyes from that fluorescent street lamp or the dreaded early morning light.
Take a look around your room, are there any devices omitting light unnecessarily? Switch off any hallway lights that could be streaming through the doorway, replace any bulbs with low-wattage versions and cover any devices that could be lighting up your room. Yes, that includes your alarm clock or phone, we know it’s hard but you can do it!
Sleep Tip 2: Stick to a Schedule
Our bodies like routine so try to wake up and go to sleep at the same time every day and night. Fight through the post-dinner drowsiness and choose a time when you’d naturally be tired to keep any tossing and turning to a minimum.
Sleep Tip 3: Wind Down with a Bedtime Ritual
What do you do before bed? If you worry about what you didn’t manage to complete at work that day – stop! The stress is not going to help you have a better quality sleep.
Instead, write a to-do list of what you’d like to achieve and run a warm bath with some bubbles or shower to help your body reach a nice temperature for rest. Relax your mind before you turn in by listening to calming music or reading a book.
Sleep Tip 4: No More Naps
We always want what we can’t have and naps are just one example of this. Lunchtime siestas can often incorporate the deeper stage of sleep, resulting in a lighter than normal sleep at night. If you must nap, keep it short and do it in the morning.
Sleep Tip 5: Get Your Heart Racing Every Day
Not only does daily exercise tire you out so you crave a good rest, but it also helps to lower your body temperature for a deeper sleep. All you need is 20 to 30 minutes of exercise each day, but do it at least three hours before you hit the hay to avoid that post-exercise buzz at bedtime. If you can’t fit in exercise during the day or early evening, a few yoga stretches will still help.
Sleep Tip 6: Make Your Bedroom Sleep-Friendly
Clutter is an enormous energy drainer and creator of stress, and the dust that hides beneath your mess can spoil a good night’s sleep, especially if you have asthma or allergies. A regular vacuum of the floor and a damp dust of furniture can help you sleep easy.
Sleep Tip 7: Step Away From the Screens
A common problem for many of us is turning off the screen, whether it’s the television, the iPad, the laptop or a smartphone. All of these backlit screen devices stimulate our minds which is not great when you're trying to doze off.