Getting a good night’s sleep provides many positive benefits to our physical and mental wellbeing including reducing stress, improving your mood and lowering the risk of getting health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.
Baywater Healthcare’s sleep specialist, Helen, has shared her top 5 tips for getting a better night’s sleep:
Make sure you are getting enough sleep –
The average adult should aim to get between 7 and 9 hours of good-quality sleep per night.
Have a regular sleeping pattern –
Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, including weekends, if possible. Having a regular sleeping pattern can make it easier for you to fall asleep at night and ensure that you feel refreshed when you wake up in the morning.
Make your bedroom a restful place to be –
Keep the room cool, use blackout curtains or blinds to block out light, and using earplugs if there is external noise where you live.
Limit access to electronic devices –
Avoid using electronic devices an hour before going to bed. The blue light emitted from these can interrupt sleep.
Don’t consume caffeinated drinks or eat heavy meals close to bedtime –
Caffeine can make it harder to fall asleep and make you more likely to need to use the toilet during the night. You could consider replacing tea or coffee with decaffeinated versions or drinking water and fruit teas in the evening.
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