You’re OVER CAFFEINATED with coffee, tea, soft drinks, energy drink, snacks. Cut down on stimulants, especially in the evening, they interfere with falling asleep and prevent deep sleep. Have a hot milky drink or herbal tea instead.
You’re OVER WIRED. The growth of computers, TV’s, video games, social media, texting means we aren’t switching off properly before bed. Try to relax before going to bed by having a warm bath, listening to some quiet music, reading a book, doing some yoga – all help to relax both the mind and body. Make sure you create the perfect sleep environment – your bedroom should be kept for rest and sleep and it should be neither too hot, nor too cold; and as quiet and dark as possible.
You’re OVER WORKED and OVER STRESSED. We all seem to be working harder and for longer during this tough economic climate which is also leading us to be a nation of worriers (money, work, relationships, overloaded schedules). It’s important to have a clear head before bed so deal with worries or a heavy workload by making lists of things to be tackled the next day.
You’ve OVER-INDULGED. Too much food or alcohol, especially late at night, just before bedtime, can play havoc with sleep patterns. Alcohol may help you fall asleep initially, but will interrupt your sleep later on in the night.
You’re bed’s UNCOMFORTABLE. If you’re tossing and turning on a bed that’s too hard, too soft, too small or too old, then it’s time to invest in a new one for a good night’s sleep.
With the average amount of sleep most people getting is 6.6hours, it falls well short of the suggested seven to eight hours. All of the above can stop you from getting a good night’s rest so next time you’re struggling to sleep it may be worth looking at what’s to blame.
As always we would love to hear your comments!
Lisa – The Sleep Council Team